Wednesday, 3 October 2018


Via Open Culture, we are treated to the musical stylings of Mariya Takeuchi through the algorithm-driven revival of her 1985 pop hit, Plastic Love. Though this one reflective number on the nature of foibles and superficiality which typifies the sub-genre of City Pop (シティーポップ) might be the engine introducing Ms Takeuchi to a new generation of listeners, she has a musical career that stretches from the late seventies to the present with some twelve studio albums and many compilations, covers and singles, including “Now,” given English lyrics and recorded by The Carpenters.