Yanakoto Sotto Mute, the perfect modern idols, who will be perfectly bringing their perfect brand of perfection to the United States in lo but a few months, will be doing it with a new album, their second full:
Underdog Corenament victors Minna no Kodomo-chan seem hell-bent on becoming more than just another cool project littering the Shibuya scene. Their first full-length album, World Without Walls (Kabe no nai sekai), is coming in May. There’s nothing to hold on to just yet, but oh man, the cover art alone is filling me with dreadticipation:
So after that last little bit of Q’ulle, I was scrolling through their feed for an overview of what all they’ve been up to lately (besides owning so hard, that is), and my eyes caught something that’s what you would probably consider to be a little atypical for the elegant, fashion-line-owning dance idols:
Context for the title of the post! I had this weird feeling that EMPiRE’s major debut album release, teased a couple of days ago, was going to settle the follow-or-not question. Yes, even after that thing with the giant sentient butt, I was skeptical that EMPiRE would come out the other end of the chute as genuinely interesting. I was all geared up for it: They’re going to try to make EMPiRE happen no matter what, aren’t they?
I’d like to strongly urge you readers to do yourselves a favor, and open up Spotify or Apple music and look up the just recently released album “My Name is SOLEIL”…
SOLEIL, you see, is a band, but it’s also the name of the band’s lead singer, and together they’ve released an uplifting and exciting album that recalls Shibuya-kei and the 60’s rock genre known in Asia as “Group Sounds”. And if you also love the classic girl-group era and the heyday of French ye-ye pop, well, herein awaits a tasty treat as well. To call this recording pure joy is a trifle bit of an understatement. This is a captivating concoction of nostalgic vibes bursting at the seams with fresh modern energy, it’s just really that good. Continue reading →
Gah, I have been waiting >forever for this, and it’s my own fault; I’ve had placeholders about item #2 in this post just sitting in the queue for … well, a while. Nonetheless! It’s time for some motherhubbard Zekkyou rocking your dang face off:
Urge to two-step rising …
Welcome back to the world of staged, pro-shot MVs, Zekkyou, and prepare for the warm embrace that this is going to bring you even before you set foot in the UK. Continue reading →
Hey, it’s a not-NECRONOMIDOL review! Yeah, that promise to write up some things in the queue, that didn’t pan out — I’m busy! — but, as soon as I saw that it was coming to Spotify, I knew that I wanted to hit up the latest from Codomomental’s latest. It only took six full listens to get here!
I’m going to preface this with: If you like your idol safe and predictable or on-brand, stay the heck away from Kaqriyo Terror Architect. On to the review! Continue reading →
For shame to all of you clowns (that’s right, clowns!) who didn’t support sugartrap in the Corenament. I’ve been digging them pretty much since the first time I heard them — not as hard-edged as others, nor trying so hard to be hard-edged while still easily being quite noisy and earnest. Who doesn’t like that?
Anyway, maybe this can help to wake you up to them:
Gee thanks, Kaqriyo Terror Architect, for revealing in the dead of night, right when I was wrapping up my review of the album that you just released internationally on multiple streaming and download platforms, that (probably) the MV to promote the same was going to be released in the morning. Glad I put in the work!
I finally feel like I get the concept that Kakuriyo as going for in that whole Cultural Mixing thing; how awkward!
I don’t have a ton to say about this because I want to save it for the thing that I already put a butt-ton of time into writing, but: Hey, that’s pretty good, and guess what, it’s not even close to the best thing on the album. You should go listen to it!Continue reading →
Tenka no Chan-Yuki, a member of technopop idol unit THE BANANA MONKEYS which debuted in March 2017, published an open letter condemning incidents of sexual harassment committed by members of the group's management staff.