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“Level3” is No. 1 on Japan’s Oricon music chart this week, but it is not a J-pop album.

While Perfume’s studio-slave producer Yasutaka Nakata has always built the trio’s anthemic hits from a bedrock of carefully layered and intricately produced electronic sequencing (the very voices of Ayaka “A-chan” Nishiwaki, Ayano “Nocchi” Omoto and Yuka “Kashiyuka” Kashino processed to the micro-bit level), here he takes the music further than modern J-pop would usually go, while easing off on the vocal effects to let the women’s natural voices shine through.

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