Okinawa Electric Girl Saya Has Projects You Can (And Should) Support!

It’s been far too long since we’ve talked about Okinawa Electric Girl Saya, but within the space of when we last discussed her idol/experimental art fusions and now, she’s truly been tireless in her pursuit of her craft. I’d say Saya is among the most relentlessly active people on the scene, with consistent live performances, new collaborations, (Hey Soze!) and recordings practically weekly if not daily. What may have begun as a casual dipping into the well of avant-garde audio has become a full-time embrace of the bolder and more outré edges of the musical spectrum…

For some time now, Saya’s been releasing monthly CDRs of her noise experiments that she sells at shows, but these releases are a bit hard to get hold of outside of Japan. If you recall in the previous article, I mentioned that Saya has a unique aura that would do quite well with the Bandcamp business model, and I’m pleased to tell you that currently there are indeed some selections available at last.

Aside from her own self-released works, Saya’s been offering a few of her collaborations via Terminal Explosion, a label based around noise, industrial, hip-hop, and underground electronica run by a mysterious beat-maker known only as Ax. Currently, there are two available CDR (or digital) releases and a collaboration album that you can pre-order, along with some nice little merch items!

The first is “Dischord”, an EP that features a beautifully unique take on a Okinawan folk song..

 

The second is “Mayhem” , a series of chaotic but compelling noise-blasts that go hard…

 

And soon-to-come is a full-length album titled “Chastity”, which you can pre-order now

 

The digital downloads for “Dischord” and “Mayhem” are “name your price”, or you can buy them as CDRs for ¥1,000 each with (very reasonable) international shipping available. The album “Chastity” has a pre-determined price digitally, but also has a few tangible package options that include a t-shirt, a badge, or even all three recordings as a bundle, so check out the options and see what looks good to you!

In addition to these cool releases, the ever-prolific noise maker is also currently about 80% done crowdfunding another entirely new album called “Black Angel” that as of this writing, only has about two days left! The funding site, Campfire, is intended to be used only in Japan, but it is possible to lend your support by using a service like Tenso to serve as your “Japanese address”, so there is a window to help if you wish…

And you know what the other cool thing is? We’re not even half-way through the year yet, so it’s realistic to expect that this flurry of output for 2019 isn’t even close to being finished yet! What else will Saya do, and who else will she collaborate with? I don’t think she’s conceding any limitations on what she’ll accomplish. That’s what keeps an artist artist fresh and exciting, so let’s all enjoy where the trip takes us, and support her wherever we can. 

Can We Please Talk about xoxo EXTREME for a Minute?

Like, we’ve done it before, but what started off yesterday as a desire to have my second-favorite work playlist followed by something louder* took me down a memory hole that ended abruptly at one of the few idol projects booted up on Bandcamp, which is xoxo(Kiss&Hug) EXTREME, who are simultaneously also idol’s sole absolute devotee of old-school prog rock and therefore a glorious thing.

And it was in the moment when I was two glorious, flute-enhanced minutes into what immediately follows that I decided that yes, a post needed to be blogged, and the closest thing that idol has to Jethro Tull needed a more recent moment of celebration:

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Shame on Me, I’ve Been Sleeping on Bury

I feel so badly about this one. It’s been an entire week since Jim, one of the greatest, bestest-taste-having idol fans in existence in addition to being kind of a big deal when it comes to that whole punk business, very excitedly shared that Bury, as stripped-down a chika unit as any chika unit has any right to be, has in fact de-stripped-down operations by en-sleekening their look and opening up their very own Bandcamp.*

The reason? Why, the release of their first single, naturally:

Which is actually now two full weeks old. My bad! If you wanted to listen, though, said Bandcamp can provide:

Now that you’ve listened to those songs, you’re going to buy them, right? At about $.50, there isn’t a better bargain. And then you’re going to follow Bury and become a devoted gaijin fan and encourage this unexpectedly promising punk project (p-p-p!) to succeed!

*Given how many bands turn to Bandcamp, I’m literally amazed that nobody named Bury had claimed a domain yet

Damn, You Guys, Necroma Had a Week

All right, partly because I feel badly about having missed out on the first of these bits of NECRONOMIDOL news in the first place and also because I wanted to gather a bunch of stuff together, I’m doing this thing a little bit weirdly.

First up! If you haven’t yet seen Necroma’s feature piece from the Bandcamp home page, you really should check it out:

The scene is infused with the playfulness of dance, twinkling piano, and elaborate costumes.

via NECRONOMIDOL and New Directions in Japanese Metal — Bandcamp Daily

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Get Yourself a Listen to DAIDAIDAI’s Demo

Ah, this is good. So DAIDAIDAI (die die die!) have been doing regular promotional appearances with flyers on which is printed a QR code to download their two demo tracks. Unless you happen to show up where they are, no music for you!

But their very cool manager just added the songs to Bandcamp, and you can get a free listen (no download, though) for about 23 more hours:

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