Japanese-born, New York resident ReniReni’s Hybrid Girl is a dance-able fun, and energetic body of electro pop music. While some might be quick to label it as “J-Pop” it has a very distinctly American attitude and pulls influence from a number of contemporary American artists and experiences as well as Japanese ones. It would make sense to hear any number of these songs at the Rave at an Anime Con (Suspect A, Hello Sunshine, My Shy Master (Initial P Remix)) but it wouldn’t be surprising to hear them being played at an American electro dance club as well. Rock Paper Scissors and Secret in particular have a distinctly American feel to them. But these songs do not feel in any way disjointed, if anything there is enough commonality in the music to give Hybrid Girl a lot of depth, especially in songs like Judgemental Dramatic Monday.
What really separates ReniReni’s style from the throngs of generic pop musicians is her sense of play which is evident throughout Hybrid Girl. As much as our pop music can be fun, it all feels so serious these days and it’s refreshing to hear a body of work that takes itself seriously but understands how to let loose and have fun with itself.
On the whole Judgmental Dramatic Monday is ReniReni’s strongest piece of the album just because it has the most emotional depth lyrically and it’s tone is 100% matched by the music being played. It’s the kind of song that is happy… in a seemingly sad way. The kind that is hard to describe in words but 100% worth a listen.
You can purchase Hybrid Girl here!
If you’re interested you can check out ReniReni’s Website it can be found here.
The music Video for Judgmental Dramatic Monday can be found here