Ah, SHINGEKI, just when I think that maybe there’s an upper limit on just how random they’re going to be in their work, they go ahead and prove me wrong. Such an interesting trip each time out, as you try to predict what steps they’ll take, where elements will be threaded together without so much as a shred of coherence … and it works. It always works.
Recent laments / celebrations as to the same aside, I did partially miss out on SHINGEKI’s release of a couple of new MVs in super-real time (a man only has so many hours), but now we can put them together and really appreciate what one of idol’s deliberately weirdest entities can put on.
Well, it’s a few days late at this point, and just a quicky little post in acknowledgement, but SHINGEKI — that is, the frequently half-dressed idol unit that doesn’t have time for your “structure” and “theme” while it rocks out — dropped another new MV this week, just as I was adjusting to their new reality, and I swear they do these things at whatever interval strikes them as interesting:
I do think that every element in this song has appeared in at least one other, so that’s kind of neat
In a lot of ways, I could have just jammed this into the Weekender, but I feel almost obligated to stand by SHINGEKI at this point. Sixteen months ago, they were this bizarre on-the-fringes group that happened to employ an old personal favorite for a hot minute and made music a bump or two heavier than most; now that we’ve taken this incredible evolutionary journey together, and that they’ve proven to be compelling even if for no greater reason than their raw unpredictability, I’m all in.
I mean it, I have absolutely no idea. I’m very literally asking because I know that some of you guys follow them pretty closely, and while I happily take a professional passing interest in them, I am only one person and all it takes to go from In The Know to Confused As Hell is to miss a few tweets.
All I know is that the membership is all over the place. Graduations! Promotions? Something! It’s apparently all in here:
It was really annoying to not get to post about this yesterday, because of all the things that SHINGEKI has done in their year+ weird, winding journey to becoming the thing called SHINGEKI, this is arguably not only the best thing that they’ve done, but the most SHINGEKI thing that they’ve done at the same time:
For one thing, that’s the kind of wild-ass composition that only idols and the likes of Maximum the Hormone can pull off unironically. And I’m talking about way more than just the synths + beats turning what could be a metal song into a dance number — you have the random breaks, the extremely random additional spoken-word breaks, the not-quite-there commitment to English, the vocal put-ons … if you’re into the type, you’re way into this song. Continue reading →
Dropping balls all over the place anymore, gang. SHINGEKI, the ever-metamorphosing idol project that could yet again re-brand at any moment, actually dropped this particular new video a few days ago, notably on a day when I had my eyes in lots of places that weren’t idol at all, and I’d have never even picked up on its existence because the only ripple that it made in Western Wota Space-time was in fact Terry’s reaction video.
Given that SHINGEKI’s composer-san loves nothing more than to splice together some of the most random, discordant chunks of music theory to nonetheless compile some fairly enjoyable songs, I knew that I had to do something with it. But I also got a stupid, devilish idea. So:
Please allow me friends, to approximate the effects of a reaction video … in text! Continue reading →
So in the Weekender I complained a little bit (little bit) about SHINGEKI, who showed lots of relevant coolness and then kept releasing things and one of them wasn’t as loud and cool. WHATEVER. Remember, they have as much history in less than a year than many idol projects do in half of a decade, and as such can dredge up all kinds of interesting things as suits their interests.
Ah yes, friends, the ever-shifting indie idol Thelemites now known as SHINGEKI (which, wow, that was an accidentally perfect confluence of references) dumped a bunch of new music and video onto YouTube at the end of the week, and I hadn’t had a good chance to rope that into the schedule, so consider this another archive post.