The hype machine is getting a pretty good warmup over the past week, you guys, as PassCode prepares their fans for their first major-label album:
It’s up for pre-order now, but the real winner there is the tracklist (I particularly like how exactly one song in 12 is titled in kana, but then explained in English in a parenthetical) and the implications from the DVD, which will include MVs for “ONE STEP BEYOND” (which sounds sick and is undoubtedly the lead for this) and “Same to you,” which I’m guessing is this album’s ballady number.* I’m also digging that this is mostly new, original material; with two singles and, what, five songs out since joining Universal, it’d be easy to just lean back on that for this album release, but there’s clear confidence in the material. Continue reading →
Here’s a neat little treat: Yesterday, PassCode began the promotion for their ZENITH album with a radio play, presumably for the lead track (and the MV that could be coming along fairly shortly), “ONE STEP BEYOND.”
More than a few dutiful fans got the hell out there and recorded the sucker when it hit the airwaves; this is one of the cleaner versions.
Well hot damn, Monday, look at all the gifts you’re giving us! The weekend produced a good bit of cool new stuff, but this morning has been full of surprises great and small and isn’t even close to over yet, and here’s one that I didn’t even kind of see coming:
8月2日（水） PassCode Major 1st Full Album "ZENITH" 発売決定！ メジャー曲4曲を収録した全12曲、初回限定盤にはメジャーA面MV2曲、新曲MV、台湾ドキュメンタリームービーが収録されているDVD付き！ pic.twitter.com/ksmGvEZZ1d
New PassCode album! A whole crapload of new music! DVD and other extras! I’m definitely going to order it! I’m also tempted to say something about the title and whether we should be concerned about the ongoing future of PassCode, but naw, it’s probably nothing. There’s a new album coming! Continue reading →
We heard the trailer for “bite the bullet” last week, and, in addition to being more than ready to hear PassCode’s second major label single, I was also nervous that region blocking would kind of ruin the party for those of us in North America (we weren’t able to pre-order, for instance).
The idol experience isn’t something that a lot of us get to enjoy — due to distance, finance and other pressures, we resign ourselves to YouTube and Twitter and fan communities, and we hope against hope that maybe someday the performers we love the most will wind up within easy travel distance of our homes. But it’s kind of lame!
Whoops, I did it again; despite some doubts about whether delving back into the bowels of some favorite idols’ performance history was worth the trouble, the now-not-so-recent entry on BiSH’s Atsuko* got me thinking about other notables’ time as safe, normal idols, and I remembered Yuna’s time before PassCode.
Yes, the world’s tiniest harsh vocalist was, once upon a time, this: