Who’s your favorite currently-solo-but-used-to-not-be idol?
Since her departure from You’ll Melt More! what feels like half a lifetime ago, Ano’s been … well, being Ano. She was always the most numerically popular member because of her various projects outside of the music, and was able to focus on things like modeling in particular since graduating, but of course wasn’t going to just up and ignore the musical side of things. I personally only follow the music when it comes to idols, so if this was long in the making, I just plain missed it until yesterday:
【New Release🎸】 ano 2nd Digital Single 「Peek a boo」Release決定！
They warned us! MANACLE, that is; they did it right and built anticipation for the dropping of two new tracks (which was actually yesterday, sue me), which you should go find and listen to via the streamer of your choice, and then let’s all get back together to talk about them, okay? Okay.
#MANACLE New 2 songs are available everywhere now✨
I’ll take “Huhen to Huhen” over “Cursed EXIT” myself, but I wouldn’t be mad at you for going in the opposite — I am a well-established stan for jangly guitar in idol rock songs, and “Huhen” reminds me a lot of the musical moves that were prevalent in 2014 and 15 when I was first getting into this stuff. “EXIT” is cool as a dance track, period, regardless of whether anybody intended that for it.
I was worried that MANACLE wasn’t for me because they didn’t immediately leap out of Spotify and promise to enslave my soul like a certain original group. But that’s okay! So far, so good, and they’re steadily producing for their fans, so we’ll no doubt be seeing plenty more from them as time goes on.
Consider yourselves lucky that I didn’t turn this entire post into one long pun on the song title
I’ll be honest with you, folks: I may have shut down almost all of my old barrage of notifications to keep from losing my mind, but I did keep a few on, and one of those was for PassCode, which partly works because their Twitter account is about 10% as busy as most, so you the ratio of quality information to filler schedule stuff is quite high, but this being the season that it is and the environment that it is and with everything else going on, I kept seeing “Anything New” and assuming it was some kind of streamed live event and only realized late yesterday that OMG ITS’S A NEW SONG, WELL THAT’S APTLY NAMED I GUESS, HOLY HELL THERE’S AN MV COMING. And so I did that little nervous hoppy-hand-shaky dance thing in my head and got all het up, so when the sucker came up live on YouTube this morning I could not have been more ready.
I don’t get a ton of time to casually scroll through Twitter anymore, but when I do, I tend to stumble over some good stuff. It’s good luck, I guess. Usually, following half of all idols makes for a bloated, disjointed mess of a feed, but maybe my eyes got used to it or something. The point is, there I was, doop-dee-doop, minding my own business when … hello, what’s this?
LADYBABY’s sort of surprise-springing this digital single on us, but I doubt that too many people are going to complain. This is a group that’s pretty much always done what they wanted, and damn the man, like they exist within this idol milieu but also somewhat apart from it. Frankly, more groups should probably operate that way!
I don’t have enough cultural context to make this work in my head, and would therefore appreciate some tutorial about why I’m wrong, but let me preface this by noting just how high my eyebrow arched when I looked at the description stuff and saw “KAWAII-DEATH” and “something something Showa era songs.” Like I don’t get entirely where they’re going with that, but … well, I presume that this is what that means:
I had been meaning to catch up on the latest track from the just-re-debuted mistress, aka now the mistress because what are you gonna do, but let’s take care of that second and instead have a nice long look at the full version of their MV (and song, really) for “Would you kill yourself now?”: