Musical Monday – In Japan

Posted by SaraG on June 18, 2018


There are a million different love songs across pretty much every genre of music from every country in the world. That’s a lot of love songs. So many of them are pretty and touching, but not really that touching. I’m sure a good percentage meant a lot to the person or people that put pen to paper and crafted all of the little nuances, but they don’t all speak to me. I guess that’s one of the things that makes music so interesting, while one person connects with a song wholeheartedly, another might not feel a thing when it pops on the radio.

As an individual that has had a bazillion crushes and very few actual romances in her day, stories about unrequited love really speak to me. My whole love affair with music is basically a long and fanciful saga of one-sided relationships made and broken time after time after time. At times, I’ve loved a song or an artist so much I have an ache in my chest that I can’t shake…but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Elo started releasing a series of songs in succession over the course of the last few months and I’ve been enjoying the various sounds and collabs. All smashed together, it makes a solid album…something that might, if I were feeling particularly vulnerable, spark a crush. However, when I heard one of the latest tracks, Osaka, I was pretty much a goner. The song is a fairly orchestral pop song in that particular key that instills a solid hit of nostalgia in your gut. His voice is smooth but also full of an element of tension that hints at quite a bit of emotion. Zico’s bit has an up and down quality that keeps you focused enough that even though the rap doesn’t quite match with the vibe of the rest of the song, it works.   

As a non-Korean speaker, and therefore someone who can’t catch all of the lyrics, it’s really the video that lets you in on the story unfolding over the three-plus minutes of the song. It’s…it’s a heartbreaker. Not the kind of pain that comes with loving and losing, but the kind that comes with loving and never getting the chance. We’ve all been there.

Osaka, Elo (ft. Zico)

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