JAM was the last hurrah for petit pas!, whose three-year odyssey to become the cutest idols in Tokyo led to a 2016 of triumph and tragedy, their performance at TIF setting off chatter that was confirmed after the festival closed: petit pas! was done.
I found myself searching high and low for their video from TIF and finally found it via a Chinese source that doesn’t care very much for things like iframes. You need Flash to see this.
The Tokyo Idol Festival is two whole days away! And just about all of us will be vicariously enjoying TIF from afar!
But that’s okay. In addition to the absolute fuckton of video (official and non) that’ll emerge, the magic of modern technology means that we can freely check out TIF-related content for the idols we’d be going to see, anyway.
The more you learn about petit pas!, the more you appreciate the kind of hustle that goes into idol; the current trio’s only been together for about a year, but Kokoro has been there since the beginning, now the leader of a self-mandated “little steps” group with the aim of being the most kawaii in Tokyo, combining a rock sound with a hip youth-culture aesthetic.
Three years on and a pretty good debut album still fresh, it’s fair to say that petit pas! may not yet have reached their goal, but they’re doing pretty okay nonetheless.
I usually put a disclaimer here, but I’m very pleased to be able to say that I’m able to do this review with eyes wide open and without any pre-existing bias or anything. Just big thanks to the person who helped me acquire this album; I literally couldn’t have done it without your help.
Yeah, there was another new song this week. It’s like they didn’t realize it was Monday or something:
This isn’t the first time I’m saying this, but: The album’s out tomorrow or today or something. This has to be it, right? Unless this is their Thriller and they have literally hundreds of songs written and the only thing holding them back from a mega-release is the calming influence of Quincy Jones?
I’m sitting at an expo booth and doing IRL work, and petit pas! continues to not GAF about any kind of embargo of their upcoming album release. And every time I think we’ve heard everything that’ll be on Refrain, they just drop another track.
How is it? It’s going to be many long hours before I get a chance to listen, so I’m trusting in you all to tell me how great this is.