The latest Satoyama movement single puts ANGERME’s Kamikokuryo Moe together with Morning Musume ’17’s Ishida Ayumi, ℃-ute’s Nakajima Saki, and Juice=Juice’s Kanazawa Tomoko. Keeping with the reverse flow of Satoyama movement, “Furusato no Yume” tells the feelings of returning to one’s hometown (presumably after a flight to Tokyo). I love these Satoyama / Satoumi singles. Not only do we get an unlikely combination of girls from Hello! Project, we get a song that is somewhat free from the commercial demands of a true H!P release. Sometimes that means a bit of experimentation. Sometimes, like with “Furusato no Yume”, we get a song that might be deemed “too pleasant” to make a true impact. Yes, the song is mid-tempo and a bit on the saccharine side, but I think the sweet melody satisfies a craving that I have for this kind of pop. Even if the song doesn’t grab you like it grabs me, you can still enjoy the scenes of these girls in the beauty of rural Japan.
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