We’ve come to the point when our decadent Western tastes have become so jaded that we are forced to look for sweeter and more sugary morsels wherever we can find them….
– Francis Henville, “J-Pop Will Eat Itself” Stylus Magazine
Make Believe Melodies is a blog devoted to discovering and sharing the various sounds of Japan. I am a recently Japan-relocated music nerd who knows next to nothing about music from this country outside of the indie-approved staples (Boredomes, Cornelius, Shonen Knife) and a handful of J-Pop songs a friend once gave me.
This blog wouldn’t exist without Francis Henville and Teresa Nieman’s excellent “J-Pop Will Eat Itself” feature in the great (and sadly defunct) Stylus Magazine. That series aimed at diving into the intimidating world of Japanese Pop music blind and highlighting some of the better musical finds. It was a marvelous series, and responsible for peaking my interest in Japanese music.
I hope to find great Japanese music from every genre and share it with other music fans. Thank you for reading!
Questions? Comments? Straight-up hate? Want to rep a band? Think there is a show or scene I should check out? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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