All-Girl Rock Band GIRLFRIEND Release Music Video For Black Clover OP Theme ‘sky & blue’

07.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

GIRLFRIEND is an all-girl Japanese pop-rock band made up of four members whose average age is 18. Each of them has a hand in writing and composing all of their tracks and all of them perform vocals.

Their new song sky & blue began being used as the eighth opening theme to the ongoing TV anime series Black Clover on August 6. The CD will hit shelves in Japan on August 28, but in the lead up to its release, the band have dropped a short version of the music video along with a new artist photo and the CD covers for the single.

 

GIRLFRIEND – “sky & blue” Music Video (Short ver.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJ37P4QNXA

 

The video was directed by Tsugumi Matsunaga who puts the visuals through a light and pale lens which conjures up a feeling of nostalgia. Within that scene GIRLFRIEND give a powerful musical performance as they show their skills with each of their instruments: SAKIKA on vocals and guitar, NAGISA on guitar, MINA on bass, and MIREI on drums.

The new artist photo and CD covers were also shot by Matsunaga and show GIRLFRIEND in a different light to their usual photos with a lighter atmosphere and softer tones.

The anime edit version of sky & blue will be released as a standalone digital download tomorrow (August 7). The song is produced once again by NAOKI-T who has worked with many artists including singer-songwriter Miwa.

 

©Yūki Tabata / Shueisha・TV TOKYO Corporation・Black Clover Production Committee

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