Perfume – Polyrhythm

May 12, 2008 at 9:38 PM | Posted in Perfume | 5 Comments

1. Polyrhythm (ポリリズム)
3. Polyrhythm -extra short edit-
4. Polyrhythm ~Original Instrumental~
5. SEVENTH HEAVEN ~Original Instrumental~ 

This is Perfume’s 5th major label single (10th overall) and it was released on September 12, 2007. The single reached #7 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 73,207 copies.

This is the song that put Perfume on the map! Polyrhythm was the first song I heard by the group and I really liked the fresh sound it presented. Accompanied by sweeping synth riffs and wispy vocals, the song opens with solo lines from each girl as the beats in the background become more prevalent. This accumulates into an insanely catchy and easily recognizable chorus. The looping poririzumu and poriruupu sequence of the bridge was annoying at first, but I easily got over it after multiple listens (this might not be the case for others though). I thought the “recycling old love to find a new one” concept in the lyrics was cool too.

The B-side combines organic and synthetic sounds to create a lovely arrangement. SEVENTH HEAVEN has pleasant piano chords that mix nicely with dance beats and lower pitched bass. I especially liked the parts where the piano played a larger role during the song’s quieter parts. All of these elements go well with the girls’ computerized vocals.

If you didn’t like the repetitiveness of Polyrhythm‘s bridge, then the extra short edit is perfect. This version gets rid of that sequence and goes right into the second verse instead. Despite the bridge being removed, you still get the best parts of the song and also in a better, more compact form.

Overall Rating

4½ stars



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  1. I will try and listen to it, thank you for the review ^^,

  2. I loved Polyrhythm. <3
    Who knew a song could be so god damn simple but catchy?

  3. Best Perfume song ever.

    I still think the extra short edit was pointless, but anyway.

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  5. Agree w/ Selryam about the extra short edit, IMHO the bridge is the best part of the song.

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