Monkey Majik are a 4-piece international rock band formed by 2 Canadian brothers — Maynard and Blaise Plant — and joined by Japanese members Tax and Dick on drums and bass, respectively. Largely based out of Japan, they manage to jump back and forth between English and Japanese lyrics, a unique formula which has won them many fans.
Monkey Majik released their latest album, titled “Collaborated,” last month. And true to its name, it’s a series of tracks that feature collaborations with others. One track in particular caught our attention. “Ryugakusei” (meaning, foreign exchange student) is a track with Okazaki Taiiku, who we’ve featured here before.
In it, Taiiku utilizes soramimi, a type of homophonic interpretation of lyrics. To speakers of English, it can sound like your typical love song. In Japanese, it can sound like a foreign exchange student singing about his experience. And if you’re bilingual, well… good luck.
If you’re new to Monkey Majik, take a walk down memory lane with us and listen to one of their first tracks, fly.