“A gonna”, the 65th single for Morning Musume ’18, finds the Hello! Project flagship group among the cluttered backstages of someone’s stage performance searching out the letter to start it all. With all the ladders, accordioned cherry pickers, and a-frame reinforced rigs, it’s hard to escape the big A. In outfits that look more-or-less like street (not that street) clothes, Morning Musume ’18 put together one of their last dances with 12th generation member Ogata Haruna. The hand poses and dance formations look as pleasing as ever for the group: the addition of Country Girls member Morito Chisaki seems to have tightened up the dance. The real interest for “A gonna” is the musical stylings that Tsunku brought to the table. Funky in a modern way, the song works at multiple tempos layered and folded into each other. An insistent horn sample bleats the motif while the strong off-beat rhythms add perceptible bounce. “A gonna” is both exactly what seems and not at all what it seems. You can buy “Are you happy? / A gonna”, the 65th single from Morning Musume 18, in stores on June 13, 2018.
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