The best idol discoveries are the ones that happen because somebody you’ve been following for a while happens to suddenly appear in another project that they tweet about like it’s going out of style (and also are probably obligated so to do). I refer in this case to this young lady, who was out of nowhere tweeting about something called 99%LOVER (Twitter) about a month back, which led to a follow, which led to … well, like, you know how most of the time the big lure in idol music is either the music itself or the ability of said idols to actually sing said music? What about the times when it’s that, plus really cool and intense dance routines?
I see that I’m not the only person to be celebrating the new MV release from MAPLEZ sister group Woltanative, which is fantastic, because while this isn’t a group that I’m normally going out of my way to celebrate, a few recent disappointments have me feeling more expansive about idols to feature and good stuff to talk up.
And this is pretty good! Or, more appropriately, Woltanative is pretty good, and this is a double-plus-good track with a really cool MV:
Man, I think DEMON TAPES must have heard me saying nice things about the ex PSYBOU KANOJO, because I felt like I’d been waiting almost forever for the best-named idols in the business to give us something fresh.
I think this lyric video for “SOTTO MO ZUTTO JI” qualifies.
Jeez Louise, you guys, you’re supposed to tell me when Hiroshima’s own loudols (I love that word) release something new. This is their seventh(!) single, due for release on Tuesday.
Honestly, I’d love to know who wrote this, because it sounds so much like a heavied-up version of a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song that I’m surprised that it isn’t a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song. Continue reading →
In a coincidence that Alanis Morissette would almost certainly misidentify, yesterday, I used DAIDAIDAI’s teaser video to sum up my personal feelings about the onrushing end of election season; today, it’s the video of their debut that, front to back, might encapsulate your experience.
I wanted this to be about three minutes longer, but I’ll take it!
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:
Let’s set the right energy for what’s about to come next and come back to Broken by the Scream. Remember them? A landing place for an ex-969er? Part of that two-week stretch where it seemed like there was another metal-sounding unit either debuting or recently debuted or about to debut in a few months or something but WOW that’s a lot of metal are you sure you guys are okay?
Yep, more new idols! Or, in this case, not so much new as new to us.
Meet Sola Sound (Twitter | Facebook!). Their online lifespan goes all the way back to March, and it looks like they debuted in May. Three members, doing kind of a PassCode Lite sound, with a little of the edgy kawaii presentation, and a website that looks a lot like NEVE SLIDE DOWN’s … holy shit, has We-Bstudio colonized?(no) Continue reading →