ZOMBIE-CHANG – “Saredo Shiawase”
Eccentric Japanese synthpop artist ZOMBIE-CHANG (Meirin Yung) has perfected the wonky pop song.
After stunning us last year with her idiosyncratic third album PETIT PETIT PETIT, Yung returns with her joyous follow-up, “Saredo Shiawase.” Along with it, she’s also included two tracks–“NEW ZOMBIE-CHANGE 2019,” a teaser for what’s to come this year and “I CAN’T GET TO SLEEP – band ver.,” a reimagining of one of her most popular singles. Though “NEW ZOMBIE-CHANGE 2019” could very well function as a standalone sample-heavy single, “Saredo Shiawase” is ultimately the star of the show.
Bookmarked by Yung’s energetic “hey hey hey hey”s and a siren-like synth, “Saredo Shiawase” (which roughly translates to “So Happy”) is reason enough to celebrate. In every single song that she makes (even the teasers!), Yung is able to capture an innate glee that emanates from each track. “Saredo Shiawase” is no different–you don’t have to be a Japanese speaker to understand that she’s psyched about her own work. From the song’s electronic dance melodies to Yung’s addictive syllabic chorus (“Sa-re-do Shi-a-wa-se,” she sings with conviction), there’s a lot to love and look forward to from ZOMBIE-CHANG.
Add to that the fun, cleanly shot music video for the song–which finds Yung frolicking around a pristine, geometric building–and you’ll be feeling a lot happier throughout your day.
Li-Wei Chu is the chief editor of From the Intercom. When he’s not editing drafts and searching for new artists to cover for the website, he loves watching cult films, cooking, and listening to his ever-growing collection of vinyl records. You can follow him on LetterBoxd and make fun of his taste in movies here!