Okay, random fanboy time. These are obviously just interpretations and there’s no real concrete truth to them at all.
So I don’t know if you’ve read this article, but it’s a pretty interesting insight into how Perfume has heavily influenced the music scene. They even ostensibly inspired one of my favorite musicians, Lain Trzaska, to work on She, which was a project he started in 2003.
What I really like about this is that She can actually be seen as a dark parallel to Perfume. There are currently three characters Lain has put in this musical universe, all three of them of whom are women. The leftmost one is Sarah, the second one is Saya, and the third is She. They appear to be robotic girls, or gifted girls, or even both depending on your interpretation. Perfume is also like this. With Spring of Life, they’re clearly robots, and in Spending All My Time, they have various psychic abilities.
Perfume is bright and happy. She is not always like that. It’s my interpretation that She is the dark outcome of Perfume’s scenarios.
Sarah, from the Orion album, is a lonely robotic girl, who wants to be free. Specifically, the titular song leads me to believe this. Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics:
A very young girl was standing,
This is the story of the broken machine in the river. -Orion
The opening song to the album has no lyrics, but I got the imagery of Sarah running away from the laboratory she was built in. The song “Home” may be the relief she feels when she’s finally escaped from the clutches of her creators, now able to be independent and make her own decisions.
Orion album cover:
Saya is the darkest of the three. In the album “Days”, each song is named after a day. It is an audio diary. There are 17 days, but 11 tracks. Six of the days are missing. The album cover is intentionally low-res, with destroyed furniture scattered in a dingy building. Saya is augmented by technology and it goes horribly wrong. Days may be a recording of her progress. Trzaska has written a story about her specifically, in which Saya gets a virus from this technology and it goes awry. Saya is a clone. She may have seen the original person she’s a copy of, and experienced an existential crisis.
“I’m me. I’m the only me. And there is no other me but me… Isn’t there?” -Day 5
A character in the Imagery by Sound universe, Saya’s friend Amy dies. The Days album seems to be Saya crying for your help, confused about everything in her life and unable to truly fathom who she really is. As Lain says, she can only speak to others through sign language. In this album, she speaks to you with sound and small snippets of phrases in two different languages: Japanese and English. Saya is pleading for help, begging for someone to listen to her.
Saya will also be a character in the upcoming album “Nights”, which is part of Lain’s “Imagery by Sound” project.
The Days album ends with Day 17. These are the lyrics:
“I did not come from a human mother
I am the speed, the information I collect
anyone imaginable, today
And I can do anything I want
umbilically formed electro-blood
Raging in the aortal tubes of the computer, today
I did not have a sword-face
I have no laughter
Saya seems to be accepting who she is, but says it coldly and in a matter-of-fact tone. It appears that any joy Saya had is now gone. This will likely get more morbid when the Nights album comes out.
Days album cover:
She, however, is the bright and sunny one. She is the youngest of the three and the most naïve. The chiptek album is very playful and She sometimes has a bit of a struggle with syntax or English is not the language She learned in her earlier years. At the beginning of the second song, she giggles happily and simply says “Let’s music!”. There’s a carefree attitude to her, but She may be masking pain, or the pain She feels is something she’s unable to understand, so she simply moves on and doesn’t let it bother her. The song “memories” has no lyrics, it’s just instrumentals. She is simply there for the music, letting happy sounds uplift her. She is likely to be the character for the “Electric Girl” album in November as well, but I think she may be a little older. One of the songs in Chiptek is called “1997”, so it is possible that the Electric Girl album centers around her at age 15, where the innocence is starting to wear off.
Chiptek album cover:
Electric Girl cover:
This has been a long-winded interpretation post. Sorry for flooding your dashboard with this!