Manami: Odore Tida
Here’s another mini-album from Okinawan singer Manami, the third in a line that follows on from Jungolden Night (2013) and Shangri-La (2014). All three contain songs used in Orion Beer commercials. This time there are five songs plus an instrumental version of the title track. There isn’t much of what could be called roots music here, though one song ‘Horizon’ mixes in some East Asian sounds that recall the work of Ryuchim Band.
Odore Tida is mostly straightforward pop with positive lyrics by Manami and some uplifting music composed by her younger brother Daisuke Nakamura. In fact, it’s Daisuke who is the unsung hero of everything Manami does with his apparently effortless knack of composing, arranging and programming all the catchy tunes. This release is no better or worse than its predecessors and comes nicely in time for summer.
Odore Tida is out now and is released by Sorafune.