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Shiseido is the sixth track from Rain Delay’s third album Slumber Recon, released in 2011. It is written and
composed by the band’s guitarist/vocalist Dušan Pešic (henceforth referred to as “the author”).
The title derives from the surname of a Japanese/Italian female character, Selena Shiseido, the author’s beloved.
The lyrics for this song are written as a dialogue between her and the author. The role of Miss Shiseido is played
by the band’s vocalist Bojana Bianca Milosavljevic. She sings in Japanese, with a notable European accent, not
surprising regarding Selena’s background (see “The Shiseido character” section).
In the first two verses the author promises that he will do many things for her in the close future (“I’ll take you
to see that postponed air-show.”), while believing in a positive outcome for their future life despite the global
crisis on the political, financial and ecological level that occurred in the late 2000’s. After he promises he will
take her to Venice, the author mentions the city of Nice, the place where Selena spent her childhood, in the verse
“Then, how far can your Nice be?”, which could mean that he wants to take her back to her carefree childhood. He
also promises to teach her Goshin Jujutsu, a modern self-defence-oriented style of Japanese jujutsu, which becomes
clear knowing that the author is a devoted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
Selena nervously responses in Japanese “?????????????? ?????????????” which means “We just watched Zeitgeist and you
want us to roam free?”. The mentioned term “Zeitgeist” is literally referring to Zeitgeist, the Movie, a documentary
which deeply influenced the author. The term occurs again when the whole band shouts that phrase right before the
third chorus. That lyric is written as a “ghost lyric”, a piece of text that is in a different color (grey) than the
rest of the text, making it less visible. Though the author does not take this controversial documentary as an
absolute truth, he recognizes some revelations as credible. Through series of “astro-theological“ references this
documentary reveals that there will be no Armageddon, no Biblical “End of the World”- just the end of an Age, the
Age of Pisces, when in 2150 AD the Earth enters the Age of Aquarius. Knowing Selena’s birth date, one can easily
discover that, astrologically vise, she is an Aquarius. So, this shout, this battle cry signifies that her time is
yet to come and that she should regard neither this movie nor this world as a threat, but as an encouragement. The
following verse “???????????” (Eng. “And what about our secret lives?”) depicts her worries about their identities
being uncovered. While Selena’s supposed “secret life” and secret work are mentioned in her file (“… she currently
works on discovering corruption in various corporate law consulting agencies.”), the author’s supposed secret work
can be found in his biography on the band’s official website (“… resolved numerous incidents concerning safety
breach in public transport.”). The meaning behind these quotes I have not yet revealed. One thing is certain, those
quotes surely are formidable allegories for their endeavors. Her final verse “???????????????” (Eng. “Promise me
that you will protect yourself as much as you protect me.”) is showing her ultimate and most deep concern- the
concern for the author’s well being.
The band recorded a video for this track in May 2011. A young director Filip Cerovic made a great achievement,
although this was his debut work. The video consists of two separate stories- the band’s performance and a Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu fight. It is clear that they are not happening simultaneously, because the author himself performs with
the band, and also fights.
In the band performance scenes there are two flags in the background. The Veneto flag is placed on the left- which
is the position of the West on maps; while the Japanese flag is placed on the right- on the East. Those flags
represent the author and Selena (played by Bianca). Bianca’s “manga style” appearance and clothes are totally in
sync with her role of a young, attractive, and modern Asian female, while throughout these scenes the author is
wearing a dog tag, the symbol of his fighting spirit.
In the fight scenes, the author is wearing a white gi. In the beginning, he hands his dog tag to Selena. She accepts
it with slightly notable concern. In the background is a man wearing a black gi. He gets up, puts his teeth
protection and gets ready for a randori (fight). After a brief stand-up, the black gi man manages to execute a
double-leg takedown on his opponent. He throws the author on the tatami (floor), with a massive body-slam, although
it is illegal under IBJJF rules. He holds the author in a knee-on-stomach position, and attempts a common submission
hold applied from this position, the juji-gatame (armbar). He puts his opponent into the submission, and by slowly
hyperextending his elbow, causing the author loads of pain. However, at one point luck turns to the author. He
manages to roll and evade the armbar, and to swiftly pass the opponent’s guard, utilizing technique rather than
strength. Then, from side-mount position, he manages to hook his opponent’s left leg and execute a demanding, yet
unexpected grappling move, the rolling back attack, leaving his opponent wondering what has happened. The author
takes his opponent’s back, and submits him with a sleeper hold (rear naked choke), and thus forces the opponent to
tap out. In the end, Selena puts his dog tag back on. Her conservative gaze only slightly revealed some pride that
she presumably felt at that moment, which is understandable as emotional restraining is quite common among the
In conclusion, this fight is the primary example of the archetype battle between light and darkness, good and evil,
where ultimately, despite all misfortunes that life can bring, the good prevails. That moment when the black gi man
body-slams the author illegally is nothing else but a metaphor for that the malice and misfortune will never play
by the rules.
The main influences on the author were, in this case, Poison the Well (the hardcore sections and male vocals),
Slayer (the thrash metal section) and Melt Banana (the fast-paced female yelling in Japanese).
The verse is played by rhythmic strumming of F -5/C, F sus2/C chords, and ultimately, C major chord, all in 4/4
rhythm. The chorus is composed in E Phrygian mode in 17/8 (8/8 + 9/8) rhythm. The bridge utilizes the same chords
as the verse, however, in 5/8 rhythm. In the bridge section, right before the third chorus, the bass and the guitars
play in 5/8, whereas the drums play in 4/4 rhythm. Basically, Shiseido is a modern hardcore/metal track, with a
thrash metal section, and traces of “djent”, mainly due to Rain Delay’s guitarist Željko Zec’s 8-string guitar.
Although the band plays in standard E tune, Zec utilizes the B-flat and F# strings, which are lower than the E
string, to create that impression of a lower tune.
L. K. Anyuhin