Man, 2018 is shaping up to be a hell of a year for idols of the homi- variety in the West. NECRONOMIDOL (twice!), Maison Book Girl, Hanako-san, Screaming Sixties, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, 2&, Koutei Camera people, Candye Syrup … and now adding STARMARIE to the list.
I’m not going to pretend to know what percentage of us tries to make the ungodly hourly difference between hemispheres work just to watch some streamed live or another, but I wanted to highlight this one because you should be learning to appreciate more idol stuff you guys! I think I even complained about that the last time I talked about STARMARIE.
In anticipation of their soon-to-drop new album (and I can only imagine that very intense new look), they’re streaming a live for FANTASY WORLD IV via YouTube:
明日1月25日（木）21:30⁰【YouTube LIVE配信】⁰ニューアルバム"FANTASY WORLD IV"のリリースを記念して、YouTube LIVEを行います！ メンバーによるアルバム解説や、スタマリからのプレゼントも！？⁰https://t.co/CnSUpb6x5x
In case you couldn’t tell by now, you guys, I’m making a very deliberate effort to mix things up a certain extra amount ever since my entreaty that we all get more diverse in the idol that we follow. The next exhibit? Motherhubbard STARMARIE, that’s who. Yes, the longtime fantasy-aligned rock idols have themselves a new album coming out next month, and they teased out the first track the other day:
Here we go again! I swear to you, it’s purely coincidence that STARMARIE, who are good and you should be listening to them why aren’t you listening to them BY GOD WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET YOU TO LISTEN TO THEM, tend to wind up on Friday. Sometimes it’s when they’re uploading, sometimes it’s when there’s a good free spot for them, sometimes it’s … I don’t care.
I swear it, while I may occasionally look in on STARMARIE’s YouTube channel to see if/when/what they have in terms of new stuff (it’s often a lot!), I don’t deliberately have this thing for them on Friday or over the weekend; things just kind of work out that way.
Gosh darnit, I sometimes feel like the only person in this country who gives a crap about my favorite gothic noir idols, and I had no idea that this album was happening! Or, rather, happened yesterday!
Here’s the trailer with full track listing and heaviness:
STARMARIE! One of my favorite personally new idols of 2016, always a good time to visit with, dropped a butt-ton of video and music over the last couple of weeks. With their cool esoterica theme and totally unique style, I can think of no better way for us to get ginned up for the bitter end of this brutal, exciting year.
First, live PVs. Like, actual PVs and not the stuff to follow. Feast on this jazz:
“Nameless Star of My Home”
Portrait of a Beautiful Leona
Nice! They also just dropped this preview, “Hoshinotereka,” on Soundcloud:
Man, am I ever glad that I got tipped off to STARMARIE. This occult rock / metal unit never fails to make me wish I were spending a chilly October evening in a castle’s library, reading original manuscripts of John Dee’s and seriously wondering if a circle of salt would actually protect me from the otherworldly horrors I could summon according to the instructions therein.