The next time you have a few minutes and broadband, and need something to cleanse the visual palette, go over to the official site of Japanese R&B diva Misia, click on “Supplement,” and look at the pictures.
Misia is one of my favorite artists. She’s got a magnificent voice, and the kind of passionate style that shatters all the stereotypes of superficial j-pop. But I’d never seen, or appreciated, the deep weirdness of the imagery that’s built around her. It’s Matthew Barney meets Kate Bush, except when Steven Spielberg and Earth Wind and Fire also join the party. (What’s with the dinosaurs roaming the Brazilian congress building?)
[To the tune of Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced,” from the album The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Disc 1).]