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"Mikazuki Sunset"Mikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_0_0
Song by SakanactionMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_1_0
from the album Go to the FutureMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_2_0
LanguageMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_3_0 JapaneseMikazuki Sunset_cell_0_3_1
ReleasedMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_4_0 May 9, 2007 (2007-05-09)Mikazuki Sunset_cell_0_4_1
RecordedMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_5_0 2007Mikazuki Sunset_cell_0_5_1
GenreMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_6_0 Techno, electronica, post-rockMikazuki Sunset_cell_0_6_1
LengthMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_7_0 3:47Mikazuki Sunset_cell_0_7_1
LabelMikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_8_0 BabeStar LabelMikazuki Sunset_cell_0_8_1
Songwriter(s)Mikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_9_0 Ichiro YamaguchiMikazuki Sunset_cell_0_9_1
Producer(s)Mikazuki Sunset_header_cell_0_10_0 SakanactionMikazuki Sunset_cell_0_10_1

"Mikazuki Sunset" (Japanese: 三日月サンセット, Hepburn: Mikazuki Sansetto, "Crescent Moon Sunset") (Japanese pronunciation: [mikazɯki saɰ̃setto) is a song written by Japanese musician Ichiro Yamaguchi. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_0

Originally released as a concert-exclusive single in 2003 by his high school band Dutchman, it was the leading promotional song from Yamaguchi's major label band Sakanaction's debut studio album Go to the Future. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_1

Background and development Mikazuki Sunset_section_0

In 1998, Ichiro Yamaguchi while attending high school in Sapporo formed Dutchman, a rock band inspired by British rock. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_2

Yamaguchi acted as the band's vocalist and primary songwriter. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_3

In 2002, the band released Demonstration, an album compiled of seven demos the band recorded between 2000 and 2002. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_4

"Mikazuki Sunset" was a song Yamaguchi wrote while still living at his family home in Tomioka-chō, Otaru, and was written for a girl he liked called Hanako. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_5

He wrote the song's words at the same time as the music, and was inspired by there actually being a crescent moon in the sky that night. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_6

In late 2002, the band began performing "Mikazuki Sunset", which had a markedly different approach, featuring techno-inspired electronic samples and synths, instead of the band's typical rock sound. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_7

It was originally performed with a rock sound, but Yamaguchi felt that a purely rock arrangement did not create the imagery he wanted to express, and incorporated dance music. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_8

On October 27, 2003, the song was released by the band as a single exclusively sold at concert venues. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_9

Yamaguchi's experiments with electronic samples caused the band to break up, due to creative differences. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_10

In 2004, Yamaguchi took the name Dutchman for his solo project, where he created dance music and worked as a DJ. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_11

When Yamaguchi was asked to create remix of the song "Shiranami Top Water" for the compilation album Music for Pardisco in 2004, he found it difficult to create the entire song by himself. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_12

This led him to ask Dutchman guitarist Motoharu Iwadera to start working with him again, and the pair created the band Sakanaction. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_13

After three additional members of the band joined, Sakanaction made their major debut in 2007, with the album Go to the Future. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_14

Yamaguchi re-arranged "Mikazuki Sunset" so many times since its original incarnation without any particular goal in mind, so that when the band finally recorded the Go to the Future studio take, Yamaguchi had a sense of true accomplishment. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_15

Composition Mikazuki Sunset_section_1

"Mikazuki Sunset" is a song in verse–chorus form, recorded in common time with a major key of D♭ and minor key of B♭ and lasting for three minutes and forty-four seconds. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_16

The song begins with an instrumental intro with a chord progression of G♭maj7-A♭6-B♭m, featuring a bassline, guitars and keyboards. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_17

This section features an extreme usage of split-channel surround sound. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_18

The song is based on a series of the same four looping guitar chords, except for the chorus which features a progression of G♭maj7-A♭6/Fm-B♭m. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_19

The song ends with an instrumental coda. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_20

The song was arranged with a mix of acoustic instruments and electronic synths. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_21

The song's tempo was set at 122 bpm, to make it easier for the band's drummer Keiichi Ejima, who had not experienced much dance music before. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_22

The song's lyrics are set at night time, where the song's protagonist is cycling while sadly looking at an evening moon. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_23

They think about the words that his former girlfriend used to "fill into the cracks of [his] irritatingly lived days." Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_24

The protagonist hides the shadow of a crescent moon with his thumb, and "[pushes] it far into [his] dry eyes." Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_25

The song's second setting is at sunset, describing someone "looking over [her] shoulder, perhaps thinking of what to say," while the protagonist wonders if their lies and worries were constantly repeating. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_26

Promotion and release Mikazuki Sunset_section_2

In mid-2006, Sakanaction sent a demo of "Mikazuki Sunset" to College Radio Japan Sapporo, managing to be in the top five weekly songs for the radio program. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_27

In 2007, the song was used as the leading promotional song for the band's major label debut album, Go to the Future. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_28

The studio version of "Mikazuki Sunset" first impacted radio stations in Hokkaido in mid-April. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_29

In May, the song managed to reach number two on FM North Wave's airplay and sales chart, the Sapporo Hot 100. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_30

Radio data compiler Plantech tracked the song as being the second most played song in Hokkaido in early May. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_31

"Mikazuki Sunset" eventually became the 66th most successful song of 2007 on the Sapporo Hot 100. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_32

"Mikazuki Sunset" was used on several television programs as opening or closing credit music, including MM-TV on Mainichi Broadcasting System, Music-03 on Chiba Television Broadcasting and Yumechika 18 on Hokkaido Television Broadcasting. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_33

A live performance of the song was broadcast on Yumechika 18 on May 16, based on footage of the band's performance at the Sapporo Kraps Hall on April 28. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_34

Four live performances have been released commercially by Sakanaction. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_35

The first was on 'Night Fishing Is Good' Tour 2008 in Sapporo, a four track digitally exclusive EP released onto iTunes. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_36

This was followed by Sakanaquarium (C) (2011), featuring footage from the Sakanaquarium 2010 concert held at Shinkiba Studio Coast on May 15, 2010, and the Sakanaquarium 2011 Documentaly: Live at Makuhari Messe (2012) video album, and was revived for the band's Sakanatribe 2014: Live at Tokyo Dome City Hall tour, released as a video album in July of the same year. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_37

Sakanaction's second digital EP Remixion (2008) featured a remix of the song, "Mikazuki Sunset (FPM Everlust Mix)", which was created by Japanese electronic musician Fantastic Plastic Machine. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_38

This remix was compiled on the band's compilation album Natsukashii Tsuki wa Atarashii Tsuki: Coupling & Remix Works (2015). Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_39

Music video Mikazuki Sunset_section_3

A music video was produced for the song, directed by Yoshihiro Mori, which was shot on February 23, 2007. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_40

It features all of the members of Sakanaction performing the song in a white studio room. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_41

Additional scenes feature colorful rubber balls, that bounce and splash into water. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_42

In the second half of the video, these rubber balls are superimposed onto the shots of the band performing the song. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_43

The video was Mori's directorial debut. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_44

He envisioned it as a simple video, where he tried to match the visuals to song's rhythm. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_45

The video was released for sale on iTunes a year after its release, on August 13, 2008. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_46

It was compiled onto Sakanarchive 2007—2011: Sakanaction Music Video Collection (2011), a video album featuring all of Sakanaction's music videos recorded between 2007 and 2011. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_47

Critical reception Mikazuki Sunset_section_4

Atsushi Sasaki of Invitation felt that the song was "remarkable", and it was one of the band's signature songs. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_48

CDJournal praised the usage of split-channel sound on Go to the Future as seen in "Mikazuki Sunset". Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_49

Entertainment Media Kulture praised the song as one of the band's early signature songs, describing it as "natural-like [sound] motifs skilfully pushed towards lyrics describing everyday things". Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_50

Personnel Mikazuki Sunset_section_5

Personnel details were sourced from Go to the Future's liner notes booklet. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_51

Music video personnel details were sourced from Sakanarchive 2007—2011: Sakanaction Music Video Collection. Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_52

Sakanaction Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_53

Personnel and imagery Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_54

Music video personnel Mikazuki Sunset_sentence_55


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