Some songs are weird to attract attention, some songs are weird to set up a specific person, and some songs are weird totally unintentional. I had yet to encounter a song that was so weird, and yet so weirdly heartfelt about its weirdness that it circled all the way back to cute…until now.
Let’s take a listen to Shampoo Hat by Team Syachihoko.
Here’s the video and you can find English subs here:
Yes, the title does not deceive. This song is about shampoo hats, or at least uses it as a metaphor. The thing is I’m not entirely sure what the metaphor is. I think it has to do with obscuring one’s true feelings from a crush like a shampoo hat keeps water from your eyes…that you’re not supposed to get wet for some reason. Yeah, not exactly the strongest metaphor but hey, what do you expect from the same company that produces Momoiro Clover Z.
Still, it terms of the not-shampoo-hat related lyrics, it actually ends up being quite adorable. They are sweet and innocent without being overly saccharine, and work as a love song. However, there is sort of a weird rap/fast speaking part which throws me off every time, mostly because it feels so jarring and out of place with the rest of the song.
The video has high production values, which isn’t surprising considering other videos this company has put out before, even if this group is still pretty new and has only been charting within the last year. It follows each of the six girls as they interact with their crush, and each have a shower hat in the specific member color. After shy interactions, the girls meet up in the school together. The rap section is done oddly with the girls standing motionless away from each other talking quickly while clips of them having a good time play over them.
What I don’t like about the video is that there feels like there are three separate videos. First, there is the cute crush part where each girl interacts with their color-coded guy. Then there’s the friendship video where the girls are all (awkwardly) hugging and enjoying each other’s company. Finally there’s the rap section part that, while using a popular music video visual, comes out of nowhere. There’s no closure for the first part, and the other two just feel like parts of something else without context.
In terms of the song itself, it actually works better without the video. The use of the strings in the chorus is a lovely addition that really adds to the pulsing beat and overall electronica. The vocals are varied but they don’t mesh quite as well as Momoiro Clover Z’s do, but I’ll give them points for not picking the same style of singers for all six slots. It does end up sounding a touch generic, but that’s to be expected with this kind of song.
Shampoo Hat is incredibly bizarre in theme but lovely in execution. Good vocals, good video, even good lyrics. The one thing that would have made it better would be removing the rap portion in the last part of the song. Without it, it would be an excellent song, but as it stands, it’s merely all right. If someone finds an acoustic version or an edited one without that one piece, send it to me as I desperately want to like this song better.
– Good song overall.
– Good video production values.
– Good lyrics
– Weird rap section.
– No resolution in the video.
– Video feels disjointed.