Happy Sunday, folks!
This week’s “Sunday Slow Jam” is a throwback to my childhood (well, at least my teenage years). Taken from their fourth album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), Coldplay’s “Lovers in Japan” is a catchy track which, to this day, remains a classic favorite.
What struck me about “Lovers in Japan” was just how upbeat it was. With the addition of the ethereal-like echoes and lyrics of time and its transience, I fell in love with the song upon the first listen (and then some). The cheerful, tack piano-driven melody then builds up to the amazing guitar riff which, although short, is nevertheless an empowering moment for the track itself. Exaggerated as this sounds, I always get a high whenever I hear that guitar riff, and I can imagine it being perfect for dancing to at a club…or at least, in the confines of your bedroom (like what I’ve done!).
As for the music video, it’s simple, but a joy to watch. Although it’s just showing the band playing the song, the instances of them writing neon lyrics and releasing butterfly confetti were a fun touch, and I’m sure that they had a good time making this music video (as well as making a mess!).
“Lovers in Japan” is featured on Coldplay’s Viva la Vida album in addition to a second track, “Reign of Love,” attached to it. The song itself also has been remixed into what is known as the “Osaka Sun Remix,” which is essentially the same track, but with added backing vocals and harder beats for that “club-ready” vibe. Any version is fair game, really. While it is by no means a “slow jam,” the song is nevertheless excellent for lifting your spirits and letting go of your inhibitions on the dance floor, at any time and anywhere.
Enjoy the song, and have a good rest of the weekend!
— The Finicky Cynic
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