Utada Hikaru Debuts 'Tomodachi' 'Friend', a Subtle Nod to LGBT Community About Unrequited Love
publish date: 2016-09-22
Not long to go now: Utada Hikaru's sixth Japanese studio album, Fantôme — her first in eight years, is less than a week away from its September 28 release date.
And today (Sept. 22), during a NHK Songs special dedicated to the singer, the First Love pop icon just debuted a brand new track live for the first time: 'Tomodachi' ('Friend'), a collaboration with 25-year-old singer, producer and CEO of indie record label Tokyo Recordings, Nariaki Obukuro (also known as OBKR).
The collabo, which drifts along soft electronic beats and light acoustic guitar work (plus some joyous horn sections in the chorus), is a broadly relatable song about unrequited love. But, according to UBlog, Utada confirmed during an accompanying interview that 'Tomodachi' was actually penned 'from the perspective of a gay individual towards a straight friend.' (!!!)
'I want to kiss you, I don't need things like hugs / Let me have one kiss,' she pleads on the friend-zoning smooth jam at one point.