Core of Soul's tastes might shed light on the band's thoroughly mainstream alternative pop sound.
Singer Nakamura Fukiko lists Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos and Ben Harper as favorites. Keyboardist Iizuka Keisuke mentions Derrick May and Madonna, while guitarist Song Rui name drops Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, hide, SUGIZO and Faye Wong.
As such, Core of Soul's own music reflects a certain degree of melodic skill, if not a safe, bland appeal. Nakamura certainly commands a stage presence, giving the music an energy lacking in its originality.
The trio met in international school in Osaka and formed Core of Soul in 1998. The band debuted on Toshiba-EMI in 2002 and performed at the SXSW festival in 2003.