As very dutifully reported in a recent Weekender, among various other endeavors swirling around Wagamama Rakia, they had a new EP, and an acoustic one at that, heading for release. It hit streaming services on Christmas Day, but I only just got around to listening to it yesterday, and while doing so I thought that, you know, maybe this exactly how we should be closing things out for 2019 — stripped of the usual noise, the songs in this case give the members a chance to really showcase their talents, and the simpler renditions of popular standards gives the group’s work an interesting spin.
Anyway, put this on while you have about 20 minutes of stuff to do, and tell me that your experience isn’t improved by a factor of about 7,000:
To give this post extra heft, here’s their end-of-year message to fans:
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the messiest, most politically charged and family-destroying major holiday in the United States, I thought I’d save a couple of key items from the week to make it all seem just a little extra-special
“Ho hum,” quoth I, “I’m going to skip right the heck over that, because I bet it’s just some other dang thing and oh yeah it’s going to happen when I’ll be blissfully asleep. There’s no way that I’ll forget about that!”
So (the remaining members of) DEEP GIRL participated in an acoustic performance thing over the weekend. If you’re wondering what “I kill” sounds like unplugged, you’ll have to continue to wait; but if you wanted to hear Non and her deceptively soulful voice get a little jazzy, you’ve come to the right place:
Literally don’t even ask me how I found this one; maybe it started with this tweet, all I know is that I put it away hours ago to revisit later and right now I’m super tired because I just enjoyed the ever living Christmas out of finally seeing Bad Religion.
But if you love Maina from Osaka Shunkashuto, you need this (skip ahead a couple of minutes).
Crank up your VPNs and proxies, cuz this sucker’s blocked