After several days of puzzling over tweets and off-handedly remarking things like “oh, I should remember to put that in the Weekender” and “wow, they’ve really come a long way in a short time,” ol’ Maniac here finally pieced together some stuff about everybody’s favorite Idol Formerly Known as Alloy Which Ah Forget It and, oh look, it’s kind of a big deal for them!
So last month, WILL-O’ released some “new” music, which was in fact an old petit pas! song re-updated with the most recent membership of the group that’s as close to a direct descendant of that group as it gets without having the same name, and it was cool and good. They stayed busy, though, as it was just the next round in a series (I love these) of monthly releases that incorporate not just new music, but sort of a soft reboot of the group, still called WILL-O’ but in this guise known as “O’currence”, which was rolled out yesterday at their company’s (Perfect Music) PERFECT SUMMIT.
Please allow me to apologize to one of my low-key favorite things in idol, going all the way back to when random YouTube dives were all you really had to compare to the handful of English-language resources for chika idol: UNDER BEASTY, I done you wrong, and I’m here today to make it right. We need to catch up!
Gah, where to begin. Well, probably with the fact that they’re about to release their … fifth? Fifth single:
One of the big surprises of the Best Of was how Wagamama Rakia, who through a series of events emerged as a Unit to Follow after a good long while as a Unit That the Really Dedicated Follow, never even came up in nomination discussions. Not for Surprise or Debut (Layna), even, and that after I’d thought earlier in the year that they would be on the IOTY short list. Them’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes, I guess!
Nonplussed and no doubt completely unaware of the fact that any such awards thing was unfolding before them, Wagamama wanted to get everybody sufficiently hype for their one-man that … um, that’s today, actually. Like right now. Oops! Nice job, Maniac!
Look, the point is, they’re having a one-man, and it’s a band set, and they’re filming the whole thing, and they got these tracks out into the world ahead of time for you to enjoy and spend money on them:
And speaking of Soundcloud being where a lot of idol is happening anymore, along comes IVOLVE with a couple of tracks in addition to their fine previous work in that regard. And you know, partly for its regularity and partly for its potential, it’s a notification that I’m glad to see, when they post anew — a lot of the groups that still exist from when this site got started are legacy projects, living on inertia or with essentially a fixed membership, whereas groups like IVOLVE, which are themselves somewhat established and boast membership from that earlier era and still have a bright future ahead, they feel like a bridge between eras. And idol eras, as we’ve learned, aren’t exactly long-term things!
Anyway, you’re here for the stuff, not the Maniac:
Ah, mishmash, the kind of pun-ready, merry-marking idol group that I’d have to invent from the innate substance of the universe if they didn’t already exist, so perfectly they fit into their niche as they do. Yes, one of 2018’s top debutantes, and one yet to fail to make good on that reputation with any release. Bully on them, then, to keep clips of tracks flowing onto Soundcloud, which has inexplicably emerged as the best resource for new idol stuff short of an international CD service. The latest entry:
This beauty popped up on Soundcloud like it was preordained. If you aren’t ready to smash Friday and go into your weekend like a BAMF, possibly while stroking the six-shooter in your hip holster while striding down a dusty Main Street in search of outlaws to bring to justice, I very literally cannot help you:
Never bring an idol to a gunfight, they said, but who the hell are they, and why wouldn’t I? You clearly need them and their music to set the scene!
Melon’s got a big line of shows next week. Gotta promote that final indie release!
It’s going to be so weird to have this in-every-sense-of-the-word-outstanding unit publishing on a major label. As long as it doesn’t mess with what Soze’s able to do with that incredible brain of hers, I’ll take it with cautious optimism.
No one single thing in the past week got me as excited to acknowledge a YouTube notification as this. I love DAIDAIDAI, have championed them from their birth (two years ago!), have eagerly waited for a chance to completely immerse myself in their soundscapes, the kind of thing that really only works when you’re seeing a live, rather than catching up on clips from fans’ cameras or the errant MV. And today, a pro-shot (of sorts). It feels like victory.
I legitimately hate being more than a week late on this, especially because it doesn’t look like the hype train went nearly far enough in response. Maybe I can help to make up for it by amplifying that hype!
Mishmash, who you may recall I damn near had a stroke over back when they debuted, are yes part of the epic Class of 2018, and they’re making good on their promise at the kind of rate that suggests only good things ahead. This, “SHINING”, is as far as I know just an arrow in their quiver for now, but they went ahead and put it to an MV: Continue reading →
And speaking of stuff that I didn’t get around to working on while I was on hiatus, here’s one that I found to be a true personal delight … two weeks ago, when I first saw the video and made a post draft. “A ha,” thought I, “’tis the perfect item to schedule ahead for when I will be detached from the Internet!” So cute of me to think that I’d actually have the time to do all of that, pre or otherwise!
It’s a nice song, though.
This guy was actually released on Sept. 26, so I’ve technically gotten in the post within the opening two weeks of its existence, YouTube publish date of the video (and lack of full MV) be damned. They also had a one-man on the 30th, which I obviously didn’t inform you about despite the big note a few lines down from here that I’m about to delete, because, like, this post is late. Continue reading →