I don’t really know what it says about WACK management’s faith in WACK is BEAUTiFUL when immediately after posting that music video they blanket it with the first MV by the all-new BiS. Perhaps… WACK really is SHiT?
Hey! Who the hell overcompressed the avi!? WATANABE! -shakes fist-
As with previous weeks, this song is also up for free download, so grab that while you can!
We’ll get to the BiS MV in a bit…but first:
Yep, I basically assumed (and perhaps secretly hoped) that when the inevitable next installment came out, it would be “WACK is C-Word”.
But what a twist!
So this was going to be the Idol in Focus for the week, gang, but the more I thought about it, and the less that’s actually new and interesting and emerging in our typical idol space right now, the more I wanted to highlight it. The it is in fact Sorano Aozora (Twitter), who may have been previously mentioned in passing but hasn’t ever really been featured on this ol’ website, and that’s a shame. Yeah, her sound is more tangential to how things are supposed to work around here, but since when has that ever stopped me from highlighting something that’s cool for the sake of it being cool?
Anyway, Aozora released a new single, her sixth, a few weeks back, and my pal @F212iF on the Twitter (we share good taste in solo female performers) suggested that I look it up. He was right on!
Just like with their new sisters in HAMIDASYSTEM the other day, HAMIDASYSTEM refugees CROSSNOESIS put out some fresh material last week, and I may be a jerk for kind of letting it molder at the back of the queue for several days, but I had my reasons*. And now I have every reason to finally post the thing and at the very least make a permanent record of it. And maybe give your Monday morning a little bit of a pick-me-up!
This playlist that they added on Soundcloud may just be all demo versions, but it’ll sound both familiar and innovative on top of that at the same time, and that’s cool:
I may not totally get the move to pull HAMIDASYSTEM into a new thing and have the old members do a new thing with a sound somewhere between old and new, but as long as the end product has me nodding with benign pleasure (like this), I’m going to be okay. Both projects feel like winners. And if they want to get back into the media-spanning cross-functional projects that made last year such a cool follow, I’m here for it.
*They are bad reasons
Good morning? It’s hard to tell. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it’s not quite the actual temperature of the surface of the sun itself yet … and hell, man, sometimes idol leaves you feeling like the nihilists are the smart ones. Rei’s announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time, either, because I was sick all week and stressed to heck on top of it. And even the Weekender sucks!
Maniac Mansion is hosting a get-together today, so do please excuse me while I dip out to go finish the preparations. For you guys, please play the Fun and think happy thoughts about the idols most responsible for getting you into this mess in the first place.
Yeah, This Sucks
To follow up on yesterday’s terrible, bad, no-good news, here’s Yura’s take:
Well, I keep having to make choices between which things related to HAMIDASYSTEM I get a few minutes to hastily blog a post about, so let’s go with the most recent option this time! Hey, remember how HAMIDASYSTEM broke up and then rebooted and then also this happened and it’s all kind of weird in hindsight but, boom, bonus HAMIDASYSTEM? We haven’t actually heard anything official since the debut, but, as of yesterday, we have sound:
That … that sounds a lot like HAMIDASYSTEM! I mean, of course it does. I don’t know why I was expecting anything substantively different. And let me go ahead and say that’s it’s absolute great to have this back.
Last week’s fun was all about wanting your lost oshi to come back in some way or another!
I’m writing this fun in the midst of a heatwave right now. I’m so hot that I can barely think straight. Can’t even think of a witty thing to say about this and that thing. Might as well bring back an old favourite with a twist, then spend the rest of the weekend eating birthday cake and drowning my loved ones in my own sweat. Continue reading
If you Weekender, you know that I keep up with Azuma Shiori fairly often (even if I don’t really understand it), ex and current and nominal leader of metal-as-hell Ehime-based duo FRUITPOCHETTE; what I’d be doing instead in a just world is dedicating that energy to the actual project that she co-fronts, except that FRUITPOCHETTE, despite coming back to life and filling me with glee about it, has been pretty quiet since the re-launch, and I thought that they were probably taking the whole “this is part-time” thing extra seriously — maybe you could catch them playing the old hits on a weekend, or at a festival or something.
And maybe that was true until a couple of days ago, when — bam! — out comes the crowdfunding effort that you and I and everybody we know absolutely must get behind:
Basically, in honor of their first anniversary since reunification, the idea is to fund a new single, an MV for that single, and a nationwide release tour. It opens on Sunday. Let’s give them all of the money! Continue reading
Ah, SHINGEKI, one of my truest guilty pleasures in idol, where have you been? Probably nowhere other than the usual, which is to say doing a ton of lives and releasing plenty of wild-ass content right in line with their personal brand as the most random idol group in existence (who else remembers this whole mess?). I digress — they’ve settled into a perfect niche for themselves, possibly so perfect as to have gone quiet enough to escape my fleeting notice, and if I hadn’t mentioned them in the Weekender by chance the other day, I’d have had no real reason to want to look back and see — Hey look, an MV!
Never has there been, nor potentially could there be, an idol group so wholly committed to its own wildly unique vision of what it is, what it does and what it sounds like. And in the case of SHINGEKI, that means deliriously high-energy idolcore sprinkled through with rap breaks, narration, verses that feel like they were pulled from completely different songs, you get the idea. It’s not for everybody, and sometimes I can barely stand it (JUST COMMIT TO SOMETHING!), but it can also be wonderfully refreshing, like frozen watermelon on a summer afternoon.
I’m not sure what the occasion for this is, and that’s fine. Just keep practicing those two-steps, girl; they’re looking pretty good.