Native Dancer (song)

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"Native Dancer" (Japanese: ネイティブダンサー, Hepburn: Neitibu Dansā) (Japanese pronunciation: [neitibudansa:) is a song by Japanese band Sakanaction. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_0

It was released on January 7, 2009 as a digital single from the band's third album Shin-shiro. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_1

Its accompanying music video directed by Yuichi Kodama was a critical success, winning the best conceptual video award at the 2010 Space Shower Music Video Awards. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_2

In 2010, the song was remixed by electronic musician Rei Harakami for inclusion on the band's "Aruku Around" single. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_3

This would become one of Harakami's final releases before his death in July 2011. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_4

Background and development Native Dancer (song)_section_0

After releasing two albums based in Hokkaido under the BabeStar Label sublabel of Victor Entertainment, Sakanaction signed a contract with management group Hipland Management and joined the main Victor Entertainment band roster, moving from Hokkaido to Tokyo in the spring of 2008. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_5

The album was primarily created by band members in vocalist Ichiro Yamaguchi's apartment in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_6

In December, Sakanaction released their first physical single "Sen to Rei", which became the band's first top 40 release. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_7

Composition Native Dancer (song)_section_1

"Native Dancer" is a song in verse–chorus form, recorded in common time with a major key of D major and a minor key of B minor. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_8

The tempo is set at 130BPM, and the song has a length of four minutes and twenty-five seconds. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_9

The song opens with a piano instrumental progression of G6-Asus4-Bm7, which remains constant throughout the verses and choruses until the song's end in an instrumental coda. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_10

The song additionally features an arrangement of drums, guitar, bass guitar and synths. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_11

The song's lyrics feature a protagonist looking back sadly on a relationship, likening painful memories to a winter flower. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_12

Writing and production Native Dancer (song)_section_2

For Shin-shiro, Yamaguchi asked each member to work individually on creating demos for songs, and after each song had been developed, the band would record the songs together. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_13

"Native Dancer", however, was worked on solely by Yamaguchi. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_14

Yamaguchi wanted to create a song that began with only vocals backed by piano, that progressed into a techno song, and wanted to create a song that would express the differences between studio and live performances. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_15

The song was built around the four-chord piano introduction, and Yamaguchi was inspired to make something with a Joe Hisaishi-feel. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_16

Due to the lack of input by other members of the band, Yamaguchi felt like the song was his own song instead of a Sakanaction song, merely performed by the band, and that the creation process was like Yamaguchi's days performing as a DJ before forming Sakanaction. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_17

Promotion and release Native Dancer (song)_section_3

The song served as the leading promotional track from Shin-shiro. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_18

It began being played on Adult Contemporary radio stations in mid January. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_19

Nationally, radio play for the song peaked in early January, with the song being most successful at adult contemporary radio stations, however in the band's native Hokkaido, the song only started receiving airplay then. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_20

On North Wave's Sapporo Hot 100 chart that tracks airplay, requests and sales in Hokkaido, the song peaked at number three for two weeks in mid-February. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_21

The song was remixed by Japanese musician Rei Harakami in 2010 as "Native Dancer (Rei Harakami Heppoko Re-Arrange)" (rei harakami へっぽこre-arrange, "Rei Harakami's Amateur Re-Arrangement"), which was released on the band's next single "Aruku Around" (2010). Native Dancer (song)_sentence_22

Yamaguchi became a fan of Harakami's after encountering his Lust (2005) album while he worked at a record store, and immediately thought of Harakami when Sakanaction's team discussed including a remix on their "Aruku Around" single. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_23

The song is a frequent part of Sakanaction's live concert sets, and live recordings of the song have been released by the band seven times: in the bonus track on the "Aruku Around" single featuring audio of three songs from the Sakanaquarium 2009 concert in Sapporo, twice on their Sanakaquarium 2010 DVD set, as performed at the Kikuuiki tour final at the Shinkiba Studio Coast on May 15, 2010 and at their Nippon Budokan concert on October 8, 2010. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_24

It was performed in the encore of their Sakanaquarium 2011 video album, and was part of the set from their Sakanaquarium 2012 concert compiled on the bonus DVD of the "Yoru no Odoriko" (2012) single (later found on their Sakanaquarium 2012 "Zepp Alive" live album). Native Dancer (song)_sentence_25

The song was rearranged for the band's Sakanaquarium 2013 concert, that was recorded live at the Makuhari Messe on May 19, 2013. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_26

The song was compiled on Ichiro Yatsui's second mixtape Atarashii Yatsu! Native Dancer (song)_sentence_27

in June 2010, as well as on Fantastic Plastic Machine's compilation Versus. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_28

Japanese Rock vs. FPM in August of the same year. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_29

"Native Dancer (Rei Harakami Heppoko Re-Arrange)" was compiled on the band's compilation album Natsukashii Tsuki wa Atarashii Tsuki: Coupling & Remix Works (2015). Native Dancer (song)_sentence_30

Music video Native Dancer (song)_section_4

The music video for the song was directed by Yuichi Kodama, as well as choreography by Furitsuke Kagyou Air:man and styling by Hisashi "Momo" Kitazawa. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_31

The video was created by the team who won one of the three grand prix awards at the 2008 Cannes Lions advertisement festival, for work on Uniqlo's Uniqulock campaign. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_32

The video features two main scenes: mid-shots of Ichiro Yamaguchi from the waist up, as well as shots of a pair of legs of a dancer from Furitsuke Kagyou Air:man, wearing a discontinued pair of Nike Air Force 180 Clerks Pack sneakers. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_33

The dancer performs an intricate footwork routine inspired by techtonik and C-Walk dance styles, interspersed with the scenes depicting Yamaguchi. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_34

The video was released online to YouTube on January 7, 2009. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_35

It was viewed over 40,000 times in the first 13 days, and a year later had been watched more than one million times. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_36

It was shown during Creative Symposium 2009, an event held over five days in March 2009 in Tokyo to celebrate visual arts, as well as at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2010, as a part of a showcase entitled Big in Japan: A Survey of Japanese Music Videos. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_37

At the 2010 Space Shower Music Video Awards, the video won the best conceptual video award, and director Yuichi Kodama the overall best director award. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_38

Sakanaction has collaborated with choreographers Furitsuke Kagyou Air:man twice since the release of the video: on the videos for "Bach no Senritsu o Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu." Native Dancer (song)_sentence_39

(2011) and "Sayonara wa Emotion" (2014). Native Dancer (song)_sentence_40

Critical reception Native Dancer (song)_section_5

Critics at CDJournal called the song a "rhythmic dance tune", praising the juxtaposition in the song between its danceable rhythm and lyrics which expressed a "painful feeling of not being able to get away from your thoughts". Native Dancer (song)_sentence_41

They were impressed with how the song transitioned from a "nostalgic piano drifting in nihilism" to a synthesizer sound, as well as the sad violin that "expressed the painfulness of autumn". Native Dancer (song)_sentence_42

Kuniko Yamada of Bounce similarly praised the song's "beautiful fusion of acoustic and synth sounds". Native Dancer (song)_sentence_43

Entertainment Media Kulture described "Native Dancer" as one of the band's early signature songs, feeling that the song's wordplay was fun, and that the lyrics had a high aesthetic sense. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_44

Reviewing the Rei Harakami remix, CDJournal felt that this version had a "floating, light sound that makes you feel at ease", and that there was something nostalgic about the remix that matched the song's lyrics on transience well. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_45

Kenji Sasaki of Skream! Native Dancer (song)_sentence_46

described the remix as "beauty and strangeness twist and fight each other, while being wrapped up in Yamaguchi's lyrics." Native Dancer (song)_sentence_47

Track listing Native Dancer (song)_section_6

Personnel Native Dancer (song)_section_7

Personnel details for the song were sourced from Shin-shiro's liner notes booklet, while music video personnel were sourced from Sakanarchive 2007—2011: Sakanaction Music Video Collection. Native Dancer (song)_sentence_48

Sakanaction Native Dancer (song)_sentence_49

Personnel Native Dancer (song)_sentence_50

Music video personnel Native Dancer (song)_sentence_51

Chart rankings Native Dancer (song)_section_8

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Charts (2009)Native Dancer (song)_header_cell_0_0_0 Peak

positionNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_0_0_1

Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary AirplayNative Dancer (song)_cell_0_1_0 43Native Dancer (song)_cell_0_1_1
Japan Billboard Japan Hot 100Native Dancer (song)_cell_0_2_0 60Native Dancer (song)_cell_0_2_1

Release history Native Dancer (song)_section_9

Native Dancer (song)_table_general_1

RegionNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_1_0_0 DateNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_1_0_1 FormatNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_1_0_2 Distributing LabelNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_1_0_3 Catalog codesNative Dancer (song)_header_cell_1_0_4
JapanNative Dancer (song)_cell_1_1_0 January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07)Native Dancer (song)_cell_1_1_1 ringtone, digital downloadNative Dancer (song)_cell_1_1_2 Victor EntertainmentNative Dancer (song)_cell_1_1_3 VEAML-22827Native Dancer (song)_cell_1_1_4

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