Yes, I know Hyadain isn’t an idol. However, since he writes almost exclusively idol music, I tend to put him on my blog. That, and I’m a big Hyadain fan, and I’d just like a venue to talk about his music.
Song: This song has a lot of the same elements as Momoiro Clover Z’s Santa-san, which I covered yesterday. For one Hyadain (AKA Maeyamada Kenichi) wrote both of them, and they are a modern take on classic Christmas melodies, most prominently Jingle Bells (though this song incorporates even more songs than Santa-San did). However, despite having the same DNA, they couldn’t be more different. Santa-san is bright, upbeat and cheerful, whereas “Christmas? Nani Sore? Oishii no?” is incredibly bitter. The lyrics are all focused on being a single adult at Christmas and the difficulties involved in it. It ends up being very bitter the round of Joy to the World in a minor key sounds so despondent and sad. That said, a lot of it is funny in that kind of way – a particularly memorable lyric is Hyadain describing what a “white Christmas” is, which is a bit off-color and not what I was expecting at all. Replacing “Jingle Bells” with “Single Hell” also works so well.
That said, as great as Santa-san is, “Christmas? Nani Sore? Oishii No?” is more of a feat. It’s combining more Christmas songs into one thing, and while it’s not quite as cohesive as Santa-san it is still very listenable. The song works up from a quiet start to a frantic end, where “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” are sung over each other. Of course, knowing that all the vocals are Hyadain (some with the use of voice modulation) make it all more impressive.
If “Christmas? Nani Sore? Oishii No?” Isn’t on your Christmas music rotation, you should amend that immediately.