Golden Week isn’t actually over yet, and though there are some things to be expected very soon from some big-time idols, it’s safe to say that the real rush of the week is just about over. JyuJyu’s going to be wrapping it up, in fact, with a one-man on Sunday, their fourth. And at that show, in addition to this grim spectacle, they’ll be rolling out this new one:
Yes, the pitch-perfect choral melody and fantastic use of blue notes make this a JyuJyu song, but it’s one of the very best pieces yet released this year, a simultaneous MV and song rankings topper. I just wish that I understood how XiDEA approaches JyuJyu’s management, because this isn’t a new piece in the sense that it’s happening now or soon, but “new” in the sense that it was on the album that they released more than two months ago (which was already very well promoted!). Maybe it’s to promote their spring/summer schedule? Celebrate the big win in Tokyo Idol Queen?
I also don’t really care! Please just keep doing these only-you things, JyuJyu, and all cognitive challenges will be forgiven.
Hey, I’m still feeling like I don’t want to do very much today, but let’s get the next year’s idol festivities off to a great start by … starting a week early with what might be the darkest release of the year, i.e., JyuJyu’s upcoming album. This builds on the earlier thing about downloading the re-recordings. But John has the rest of the details now.
You all know how I love my dark themed idols, so I was extra excited to hear that JyuJyu was releasing a new mini album. As a matter of fact I was so excited that I ordered it even before I wrote this piece. Lets see what we will be getting from the cursed quartet.
What a treat! In addition to my nigh-week-long sojourn in the perpetual throes of Day Job nearing its merciful end, there are two great idol projects with completely free(!) new(ish!!) downloads(!!!) to snag and enjoy like the absurd indulgences that they are.
First up! Yanakoto Sotto Mute, whose one-man the other day was probably a completely epochal occurrence that I, of course, did not attend on account of being tied not just to the United States, but the National Capital Region because boring reasons. Nonetheless, the echoes show … you know? I think it’d be keen if one of you guys scored a bunch of holographic technology, and also really high-end streaming equipment, and just streamed my favorite lives to the comfort of my living room, a life-sized Nadeshiko in among the detritus of a life spent doing little of what it’d like to be doing.
I’m trying to remember if the dregs of last year were as busy as these last couple of weeks have been. I do remember a lot of scheduled releases in November and December, but whether there were so many small releases from established idol projects, and this like live video jetsam, I’m drawing a blank and also being way too lazy to check, because Sunday.
This does bring us to cursed idols JyuJyu, who have great music and often great videos to support it but release so blessed little of it in a way that I can get it. Their last MV got a mixed reception, but what they’ve been doing live lately is … warming? warming hearts, or at least winning points:
Thank you Mr. Viz
I always love how much darkness mileage can be gained by working smarter, not harder. Hell, I’d get rid of the guitar solos — it’s not like the choreo depends on having that bridge, you know? — and just leave those icy cold verses a little more room to work with. I don’t know how I’d describe a tune like this to another person as anything other than “JyuJyu music,” but it’s taking me to the same places that blackened things usually do, and those are the best places. All I’m really asking for are clean recordings.
Also, go ahead and give me an example of an idol unit that does a better job of storytelling with its choreography. It could take you a while!
Good morning my friends! Please tell me that you’re down with JyuJyu, the cursed idols and their gloomy, doomy, murder-spree presentation. If you aren’t, why, what’s that matter; if you are, I hope you’re as excited to see their new stuff as I am.
Yes, JyuJyu was included in the Megathread, so “new” in this case doesn’t completely apply when it comes to the people, but look, here are two live videos from last week, featuring the new quartet lineup and a pair of new songs:
I love this exact time of the year, with idols getting their spring releases out there and infesting YouTube with all kinds of madness.
Case in point, JyuJyu with the lead track off of their “black thread” single; we’ve heard the song before, and it’s fun, but the video’s one Lament Configuration or VHS tape short of taking us completely into a nightmare realm:
If you’re into the doomier, gloomier side of idol (like I’m sure you are!), you probably have a net positive view of the cursed idols in JyuJyu (so cursed that their awesome video last year didn’t win anything!). If any part of the above is untrue in your case, have you been drinking?
JyuJyu dropped the remainder of their “Black Thread” single onto Soundcloud today, and I am ready: