不協和音 – DISCORD – Keyakizaka46 (欅坂46)

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For English language translation of the lyrics, please see….

Some history is necessary on this group. Keyakizaka46 ( 欅坂46) is no longer in existence as an identifiable group. Having been formed on February 22, 2013, the group officially was ended on October 13, 2020 with the Live Concert. In all probability, the loss of several members, especially their center, Yurina Hirate (平手友梨奈) who withdrew on January 23, 2020, lead to the reformation. Many of the original Keyakizaka members remain and with new generations entering, management appears to have decided to fold the old group into a new one, now called Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46). The world of the 46 is highly confusing even at best.

In an extraordinary run between 2016 through 2019, Keyakizaka46 posted a string of 8 consecutive number 1 hits in Japan. The last and 9th single, “Dare ga Sonokane o Harasunoka?” (誰がその鐘を鳴らすのか?) is still being charted as of this posting.

We at Pywackett Productions consider the number 4 hit, “Fukyowaon” (不協和音) – “Discord” (2017), to be a masterpiece of the Girl Group genre and that is the embedded video above. Unfortunately on youtube there is no excellent video of this piece, but the one above, is probably the best. Too many dance videos are shot with extensive cuts in angles and perspectives which adds extra movements to a dance piece that the choreographer never intended and as a result, the audience never sees the actual dance. This has been an historical problem in filmed ballet where many camera crews simply do not exhibit an understanding of the art that they are filming.

“Fukyowaon” (不協和音) – “Discord” (April 5, 2017) is remarkable for several reasons. Many have criticized the work for being “not pretty”, and that observation is valid, but misses the point entirely. “Discord” is not meant to be pretty in any way. The piece is very masculine, with puffed out chests, and bravado poses, huge stomps, bullying and isolation which carries a great deal of conflict as its title of “Discord” would suggest. There is a definite Spanish, Flamenco feel to the brilliant choreography by Takahiro Ueno, and also suggests an unwillingness to submit to aggression, but rather to fight on, and it ends in an almost spear point formation.

Not pretty, but powerful as it cuts against all the standard girl group tropes.

For the details and history, please see wikipedia page

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