Somewhere Between Creation And Chaos, There Is SOZELICA

“I Feel Torn Between The Desire To Create And The Desire To Destroy.”

Lucy Van Pelt

Previously I covered the charming idol unit for the garage-rock set, Melon Batake A Go Go, and while I most certainly think they’re totally awesome, fun and terrific, there’s another facet connected to the group that I’m even more intrigued by. Melon-leader Nakamura Soze also has an up-and-coming solo career going on under the stage name SOZELICA.

How does one describe this project? I took my sweet time writing this piece because I wanted to try and figure that how to answer that. After watching a bunch of her videos several times, a few thoughts entered my mind: Experimental DJ? Oddball idol upstart? Performance artist? Chaotic destroyer of stuffed animals and train sets? The best answer I can offer is….yes.

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Brace Yourself for Shiori’s Solo Debut

I’ve been excited for this ever since ex-FRUITPOCHETTE pocket idol fury engine Azuma Shiori announced it, and this tweet sent my hype meter way past 13:

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Idols Got Talent: Kagura

I just looked at the ol’ drafts queue and thought, you know, I only have about 100 things that I could make EXCEPTIONAL WEB CONTENT about, but I think instead I’ll just go ahead and default to something easy and, frankly, a series that hasn’t been getting much attention lately, which I’m using as an excuse because I’m feeling ever so lazy at the moment.

The other day! I believe it was Saturday. Am I Bored? hit me up on Twitter to reference a wonderful juxtaposition of talent and celebration of why you should never, ever pigeonhole an idol: Continue reading

Yui’s Solo Debut Is the Best Outcome of the WACK Thing

Hey, a couple of days late never hurt anybody. Folks have spilled a ton of tears and ink and whatnot over the WACK solo debut election results, which could not have been less surprising overall (my girl Chitti taking #1, just a tiny bit off expectation). For me, though, it was the awarding of a solo debut to the #16 finisher, Yui Ga Dokuson, that took the cake.

John with the overall details:

Well, WACK had their vote to determine who gets a solo debut release. The show was about two hours long on niconico. A couple twists and turns, pretty uneventful…… almost.

via WACK – Solo Debut Voting, A Bit Odd — Straight From Japan

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This Is the Trailer for Yajima Mai’s New EP

I had wanted to wait until the MV was out for this one, team, but I’m not entirely sure that it’s going to get an individual release at this point (Team Maimi may want it as a reward, not just a carrot), so let’s just enjoy this short trailer for Innocent Emotion:

This sucker is out tomorrow. It’s obviously loud and melodic and epic and metal — like classically so, minus the “extreme” that’s so obligatory anymore — and I can’t wait.

Make Me a Believer, SHINGEKI

You guys know that I run kind of hot and cold when it comes to Yannderu Ame YAMIAME Imonikomi SHINGEKI, but, when they get stuff right, they get it right as rain.

For example? They’re recording solo tracks, a proposition that’s often fraught with combined promise and potential disappointment. This one is Imoko’s. I seriously want it to be good and loud.

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When Very Indie Idols Go Solo, Get Heavy

A couple of days ago, some folks shared out this chunk of heaviness:

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Nothing Heartens Me More Than Idols Soldiering Solo

Well, gang, it’s official — while this time last year was bursting with new releases and activity and the whole world felt alive, most of idol seems to be holding its breath. At times like this, I like to dive into YouTube and see what kinds of offbeat and interesting things are showing their face.

My favorite find today? Hinata from le biglemoi inexplicably doing an entire set solo:

I will remind you that le biglemoi has like 35 members, so how this happened … well, thinking back on the time that Keikarin did a full PiGU live when everybody else got sick, and I did just survive norovirus, and that stuff can be crazy contagious, so while I’m not saying that the rest of the group was violently expelling the contents of their digestive tracts, I’m not not saying that happened, either. I’M JUST ASKING QUESTIONS OKAY.

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Weekend Prep: Haruno Megumi Live

Man, I am beyond happy that Will found these videos and shared them the other day — Haruno Megumi, ex. of Mugen Regina and way too talented to be limiting herself to gravure (though I’m sure the money’s better), has been doing gigs for her new solo project, and we get to experience it:

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Get Your Zenkimi Mene Solo Song Preview Right Here

Yay! It finally happened: Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da gets a little bit closer to capping their run of awesome solo songs (one per member!) by turning this week to Mene:

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