On the tenth day of Yuru-mas, your blog loves give to you: this cheery Chinese-y chune. Er, tune.
1! 2! Kung Fu! was a B-Side from yesterday‘s Soycorp smashing single Hamidasumo!, although not on the digital versions so this video was the only place most of us outside Japan could hear it until it appeared on the YOU ARE THE WORLD album later in the year. A shame as the song packs a punch and kicks you in the pants and throws you to the, alright I’ll stop now.
Are you HAMIDASUMO?
That’s right, it’s time for one of the songs that became a You’ll Melt More classic. Hamidasumo’s video is exactly what you’d want in an explosive new wave MV: it’s got British people, slapstick dynamic visuals and the music itself feels like having sugar drilled directly into your skull.
The songs lyrics and composition are the brainchild of Hiroyuki Hayashi from eclectic new wave band POLYSICS. If you were a teenager or somewhat lucid in the 2000’s, you’ll remember they had a huge overseas blow-up in the days of MySpace with “Electric Surfin’ Go Go”
The hyperactivity and fun bloops and bleeps drew a lot of comparison to Devo from… well, Devo fans and the kids in America loved it because it’s something brand new to them. And if you’re a fan of Japanese style new wave you’re probably already a fan of them and acts like P-Model, Halmens and Hikashu.
How did this collaboration come together? You’ll Melt More’s producer is a fan and asked Hayashi. It’s that simple. Hayashi was apprehensive at first but as you can see, eventually he put pen to paper to Moog and started the first of several collaborations between the units.
For a lot of people, the music aspect of liking idols can be kind of disregarded, which might seem strange if you’re reading a blog that started because of the music being alternative. You could disregard mainstream idol music as just “cheap pop” in the same way that people disregard solo pop singers and you could disregard alternative style idol music as just a cheap imitation of “real” alternative music. You’d be a shithead, but there are people that think like that.
A collaboration between two artists like this isn’t a validation of You’ll Melt More being “new wave artists”, but a celebration of the genre! It’s the culmination of decades of culture and counterculture, an iconoclast that uses the past and shapes the future! There’s no Devo without Kraftwerk, no Urbangarde without Halmens and in the future there’ll be an artist who says “I was inspired by You’ll Melt More!”
So hey, celebrate one of the most dynamic and ever changing genres by rewatching the Hamidasumo video! Pour yourself a nice drink, make sure it’s not actually soy sauce and let the barrage of bleeps and bloops take you somewhere fun. Then watch the other 49 Yurumerumo videos. It’s still lockdown, what else are you going to be doing?
The new members of a resurrected NECRONOMIDOL make their first appearance in “TULIPAQ”, an MV released on the virtual eve of their no-audience livestream debut.
Sole surviving NECROMA member Himari is discovered by new disciples Shiki, Nana, and Roa who instruct her in the crafting of a tupilaq: a vengeful monster created by witchcraft, given life by ritualistic chants and then set loose into the sea to seek and destroy an enemy (thanks Wikipedia!). Continue reading
We live in an age of uncertainty and fear – an age where we’re all indoors. So, what better way to spice things up than that good old WACK brand of uncertainty? That’s right, once again we regret to inform you that one company are at it again!
The super-idol-unit APOKALIPPPS is dealing with the trials of Covid 19 just like the rest of us, trying to stay healthy and safe by staying home as much as possible, and maintaining social distancing to help turn the tide of the pandemic away so we can get back to our normal lives of eating, sleeping, working, (or studying) and supporting idols. It hasn’t been terribly easy for many of us, and it’s pretty tough for the idol industry too of course. The needs required to get through this crisis contradict their inherent business model!
So to help fans remember that they’re still here for us, and to also cheer up our anxiety-ridden spirits, these most delightful riders of the APOKALIPPPS put together an MV from the safety of their own homes…
Just when you thought 2020 was going to be a total waste, Yukueshirezutsurezure have given us something to look forward to. Following their no-audience live Friday night, the unit-also-known-as Not Secured, Loose Ends announced the release of their third full album this coming August 26th.
In an inspired fit of uncharacteristic optimism, Tsurezure also announced an extensive oneman tour starting in late July and wrapping up the day before Halloween.
Today’s You’ll Melt More! video is a significant one for me as it marks Where I Came In. This was less than a year into my wota-hood and I was still pretty much relying on whatever Youtube deigned to throw my way for discovering groups. That day my attention was grabbed by an odd but compelling synth-y tune – Nemutai CITY vs Dokusho Nikki (Sleepy CITY vs Reading Diary) – and off I went down the rabbit hole.
Hey there Meltyiacs! (Oh, we’re not using that has a fan name? Umm, how about “More!rons”? Okay, okay, we’ll talk about it later…)
Yeah, so we’re seven days into our 50 YMM Days Project! That’s like a whole week! That brings us this delightful song with the easy to remember title “OO”. (Pronounced as “Oh-Oh”) There’s a lot going here that I think is open to interpretation, so let’s get right to it and check this out…
So once again we’ve got another MV without any members of YOU’LL MELT MORE! in it! The notion of leaving out the group in what’s essentially a promotional video is pretty bold. It’s gotta be a testament of faith in Yumerumo’s quality musical output that one would be willing to use this an opportunity to create a short film instead of taking a much more conventional route. If you know the song is good, then why not?
Happy weekend my friends! I see #stayhome restrictions have loosened many places, but I’m still writing from isolation so the weekends still blur into all the rest of the days. I also haven’t been able to manage any shipments form Japan for the last couple of months but, lucky for all of us, the artists we admire keep finding ways to create and deliver new content through the Internet tubes.
FRUN FRIN FRIENDS continue to make our world a better place with the power of vaporwave aesthetics.
Turn your speakers up for this one, and not just because it’s an ace tune, but because it seems to have been uploaded with the audio at about a quarter of the volume of the rest of their songs. This is annoying when watching a playlist of YMM! songs but what can we do?