There’s Something Hauntingly Romantic about merry merli

I have a big-ass event to run for work today and wasn’t sure if I’d get much of a chance to really do much, you guys, so I figured instead that a little Indie Idol Wednesday double feature might be in order.

Remember merry merli? I sure as hell do; they were a surprisingly good time for a unit that just kind of bopped into existence without so much as an excuse me, and with slightly higher production values than we usually see (though not much more exposure, fwiw). Like immediately subsequently to that discovery, they generated another MV preview and even something of an updated look, and I’m not going to go so far out on a limb as to suggest that this “rocks” per se, but it feels kind of evil and has a sufficiently diabolical name (“Lorelei of the Meridian”! It’s practically Masonic!) that hell, have a listen: Continue reading

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Maybe This One Will Make You a Believer in Diamondollfy

Good morning! I have a few things to get out today, but of course music is going to take center stage. In this case, I present to you Diamondollfy via Pure Idol Heart.

Now Diamondollfy hasn’t really registered too much among you all, and that’s understandable; their “rock” and “kind of metal” moments are often more than a little attenuated, often a little bit of extra drumbeats or overdrive on the guitar or something to take it to a step somewhere just beyond the normal reaches of idoldom, whatever that even means anymore.

Their latest, on the other hand:

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How Much Should I Like You’ll Melt More!’s ‘MoiMoi’?

I was kind of eagerly anticipating this one, gang, on account of You’ll Melt More! being one of my back-pocket favorite things in idol and their previous stuff from discopsychedelica being up to the group’s normal high level and all of that. It dropped, I very eagerly clicked to YouTube and:

There’s even a helpful dance tutorial:

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It’s a Strawberry Painkiller Kind of Day

It may surprise you to learn that I usually prefer my idols to be a little on the unconventional side. I know! Crazy. But ever since Strawberry Painkiller first came into my life, I’ve had what you might describe as a heightened level of interest around this rather unique idol+band+ project.

Why? I’ll be damned if I can put a finger on it. Yeah, the sound hits me right in the cockles of my heart, and I love the aesthetic and attitude, and Ichigo is a rather compelling person. I guess those are reasons. But if you were to ask, I’d probably shrug. “I enjoys it,” I’d say in my best Bobby Boucher impersonation. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Signature Sounds

Considering what’s about to come out in a little while here, I didn’t necessarily want to drill down this particular shaft right now, but the timing is what it is, and, you’ve probably seen and heard the new Maison Book Girl, right?

Man, the reacts to this sucker sure were positive! For instance:

I’m not calling out our Papermaiden here — she’s just an example. The reality is that people in the altisphere were all like FUCK YEAH MAISON BOOK GIRL yesterday and are probably still giving each other high-fives across time and space. And I’m glad that you guys like it, and MBG is doing well. Continue reading

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What the Rabbits Hath Wrought

Man, you guys, I don’t know if this quite qualifies of Thursday Hurtsday. I just know that my ongoing leporiphobia demands that I bring this back.

Remember RABBITS Lab? I do — it’s etched in my nightmares. So, like, I’m stoked that yesterday brought a couple of new videos.

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My Goodness, This New DAIDAIDAI Song

This happened the other day:

“Say,” I thought to myself, “do you think that DAIDAIDAI might have some new video tonight?”

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You’ll Melt More!’s Latest Is Like Going Right into Their World

I’m glad that I skipped sharing their latest Mannequin Challenge video, because You’ll Melt More! got themselves a real and proper MV out for the release of the discopsychadelica EP:

The song is just called “Yeah”, basically, (no it isn’t; see comments) and it’s a fine song in the general YMM tradition, but it’s written by Oomori Seiko, who suddenly feels all over the idolverse in that writer’s role. Continue reading

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Well Artema Doll Certainly Isn’t Kidding Around

Hey guys.

Guys.

Check this out.

That’s Artema Doll (Twitter). “Ultimate Doll.” They like intensity. And their song is great. Continue reading

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Thank You, PiGU, for Your New MV

Speak and they shall come! I’d openly and occasionally loudly wondered where my typically much more prolific girls in PiGUs were hiding themselves ever since Rino’s graduation a couple of months ago, and Official basically said, we’re working on stuff, wait and see you jerk, just not in so many words. Then there was their Idol Matsuri entry, and this, and now:

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