Imagine sitting down to tackle an old video game. You are treated to an assortment of 8-bit tunes. Imagine the surprise then, when the various melodies resemble actual songs with a keen sense for pop sensibilities and are so catchy they slightly distract you from the game initially. As the game proceeds you feel the music feeding your performance more than usual, partly since it's just so darn good at matching what's happening on screen, but also because you can imagine yourself enjoying the music outside of this imaginary video game world. That's Anamanaguchi.
Anamanaguchi play Sunday, July 28, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St., $10-$12. waterstreetmusic.com.