Not all idols are particularly great at Twitter, or they don’t care enough to use it, or their manager doesn’t care enough to require them to, etc. Who is great, though, is MAINA, Osaka Shunkashuto’s doll-sized vocal powerhouse and objectively one of the cutest human beings alive.
More importantly, as those of us who count themselves as MAINA marks will tell you until you beg us to stop, is that she’s a ridiculous all-around talent, such that she’s often doing performance work outside the bounds of SSFW, as we’ve seen before.
Proving both points made so far, she very casually shared this on Twitter yesterday:
This is your periodic reminder that not only did Osaka Shunkashuto begin their lives as a high school dance unit, they remain right in the top part of the pile in terms of what idols can do to interpret their music, not just make it:
Remember a few months ago when Babymetal agencymates Perfume released their video for “FLASH” and everybody lost their damn minds? And then remember that fun back-and-forth here a few weeks ago about the relative dance merits of Parallel Japan vs. Babymetal?
It’s about to get weird.
Because Babymetal and Perfume have the same choreographer, see
And in a very meta moment, it’s a song from one of the other great dance units, Osaka Shunkashuto.
And I thought, you know, we always talk about image and attitude and style and, of course, music when we talk about idols, but how much do we really ever talk about this extremely important part of an overall stage performance? Continue reading →
Does anybody else see Chiffon in this configuration and wonder if her, uh, somewhat domineering personality stands out maybe just a little bit too much now without Mone and Chibo to offset her? (Please don’t hurt me, Chiffon.)
I had thought a little while ago that Parallel had something brewing, and that wasn’t the case, but these James Browns of heavy idol haven’t exactly been still, and lately they’ve been tweeting out these cool bits of video. Here’s 30 seconds of performance:
Like the most fun possible combination of EDM and pop punk, plus screams. Or is dance club deathcore more your thing?
It took me a few tries to go from appreciating PassCode to genuinely liking PassCode. I’m glad I was patient.
One of the most genuinely cool things about the broader development of idolcore is its raw diversity — not everybody succeeds, necessarily, but chances are taken and sounds are developed and sometimes standing out is as simple as doing a simple formula better than anybody else.
Of course, the notion that PassCode’s sound is easy is kind of weird, but they hit a lot of unique notes on the way to making a song theirs, so much so that there really isn’t mistaking one of their songs.
They’re pretty good at this, is what I’m saying.
Me too, guy. Me too.
Musically, it’s a pretty clean 1:1 blend of pop punk and digital hardcore. On HTML, that doesn’t sound particularly attractive, but think of the unifying elements being the tempo and beats, with heavy synths and bouncy vocals. Also breakdowns. And chiptune. And screams and growls.
Yep. PassCode is one of the idol groups that has a screaming member (Yuna). She’s tiny and she’s terrifying.
I’ll admit that PassCode probably isn’t for everybody, but they also have a little bit of something for everybody and a nice, big catalog at this point, so take the time to explore their music a little bit and find the sweet spot that works for you.
What they sound like
The music you wish would play when your SO drags you out to the club for a night of dancing; synth-driven digital popcore with breakdowns.
You’ll like them if
“Iine” is your favorite Babymetal song, or you’ve ever wished that Perfume would do a collab with Skrillex.