MIREI releases “Sell Me Your Love” music video

Japanese artist MIREI ponders the surreal yet demanding price of modern love in her sultry new R&B-pop single and alt-pop single and video “Sell Me Your Love” now available via Cool Japan Music.

Pairing shimmering smoky production with her silky croons, MIREI takes us on a feverish, slow-paced trajectory as she enters a more minimalist trope of polished alt-R&B with pop sensibilities. The track takes us into the real-life 2019 stabbing incident that took place in Kabukicho (known to be Tokyo’s red-light district) where a woman fatally stabbed her then-boyfriend who worked as a club host by night.

The lyrics invite its listeners into a woman’s perspective as MIREI walks us through the tightrope between passion and jealousy that arises when love is treated as a commodity. The chorus “Sell me your love / How much do I have to pay” accentuates the surreal consumerist culture that has seeped into modern romance, making every action and every emotion measurable to the point of nausea.

“They say love is priceless, but can I buy your love…?” reflects MIREI. “The incident illustrates the similarity between host club activity and the risky relationships between idols and fans who bond over handshake events, or between artists and performers who sell to fans to buy insights into their personal lives.

The Beatles recorded their hit album “Can’t Buy Me Love” over 50 years ago, but society has now become quite the opposite. more than ever, the concept of “love” is represented in numbers and money, as we pay for “likes” and ask for “donations” on social media to measure people’s love for you- even to enhance your recognition and value through them. The question we now constantly ask ourselves in this new society is, ‘How much does your ‘love’ cost?'”

Filmed and directed by Takeshi Nomura, the video features Kanon Yamazaki who has appeared in previous MIREI visuals (such as “Lonely In Tokyo”) which are part of a film collection exposing some of the unspoken realities of Tokyo nightlife. Through guttural scenes of blood, money and desire, the video retells the harrowing incident of 2019 while allowing viewers to peek inside the mind of the title character.

“For ‘Sell Me Your Love’, I invited Kanon to reprise her role as the lost and lonely girl in Tokyo that she played in my previous music videos,” says MIREI. “In this video, we see Kanon transform into an author as a recreation of the Kabukicho incident. I wanted to use my videos and the main character to highlight the overwhelming loneliness and despair that is often overshadowed by flashy neon lights and a hollow affection that is easily bought.”

Produced by Selan (vocalist/songwriter and keyboardist for Adele, Alejandro Sanz, Chic, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flask) and co-written with Zak Leaver (classically trained musician who has gained support from artists like Diplo) and DJ Shiftee ( two-time DMC world champion) who also mixed, “Sell Me Your Love” sees MIREI embrace a new simplicity in her sonic palette.

The laid-back, elegant tempo feels optimized for reflection as it pushes us to question the way intimacy has become coldly quantifiable, making people feel more disconnected than ever. Never aloof from cultural matters, she continues to blaze her trail as an artist and storyteller who leaves audiences stunned by her relentless experimental approach to her music.

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