Ah yes, another week is upon us, and BiS3 hasn’t formally debuted yet, nor has an official release hit record store shelves, so that can only mean one thing — probably! they’ll tease at least one more new song and give an update on when the suddenly-a-lot-more-interesting-than-most-people-I-think-expected-they’d-be group debuts.
This was a safe assumption! And between the teaser strategy and the soundscapes at play, among other things, it feels less like a BiS debut and more like, well, their original namesakes’ rise four years ago. I find this business decision smart and good because, efforts made to the contrary, the most BiS-like thing to debut from WACK since 2015 has been pre-major BiSH, so really, emulating that whole move is a-okay in my book. The evidence? As if it hasn’t been abundantly clear, this debut is coming with some really cool musical choices (ah, those liberal pinches of heaviness), including these two new ones, which include what for me is one of the most interesting tracks that any notable in idol has done this year:
So I don’t know where all of the good idol stuff went over the past several days*, you guys, but I’m kind of thankful for the moment’s peace. I told myself even yesterday that maybe I should just let the week ride itself out and only feel like I need to respond at all if something genuinely cool and big happens.**
Well, the best thing happened, and we finally got a look at the post-HAMIDASYSTEM project of the former members of HAMIDASYSTEM, who are not at all the new and current HAMIDASYSTEM, but are veterans of maybe the coolest, most creative, impossible-to-overrate multimedia art project to have ever struck idol. Specifically, we get music and some light visuals!
That was the fastest smashing of the Subscribe button in my over-enthusiastic history
You know you’ve been asleep at the wheel for a little while when you see something in your feed and then spend several minutes trying to figure out if it’s new, but if it’s new to you if it’s not new, period, and then if it’s not new to you but you were actually functionally aware of it. That was me as of about four minutes ago, staring at Twitter and trying like hell to remember if BURST GIRL, now into their second year as a self-managed chika idol bomb squad, had made the fact that they have a June album in the works known, and if the meme-producing website that’s endlessly supportive of them had made use of this information, and if so what next.
Well that’s certainly a fun ride! I’ll admit that, seeing the video still, I had hoped for a full digest or even just a more substantive teaser. That’s okay, though. It’s not like we aren’t all fairly familiar with the material, or one of last year’s favorites at the very least.
It’s out already, right? Shihatsu-machi Underground’s album? I feel like that’s right. I tend to base these things off of when MVs are released for a whole host of reasons ranging from laziness to shortcuts. But anyway! All of those previews that they teased out over the early course of the year, they were pretty slick, weren’t they?
Shihatsu-machi P apparently wants you to have a little bit more, so get to it:
I want to meet the people for whom that isn’t super enticing. I want to learn about how much they hate puppies and fun, and I want to show them my pity for them to their faces. There are a lot of things to read into that snip, and every single one of them is capable of inspiring happiness.
Some bonus photos because I’m excited for the members:
Thankfully, next month they’re finally releasing their third album, and what better concept for an 80s-themed idol duo to come out with than a whole album of 80s J-Pop covers!
We haven’t got any full-length music videos yet, but some of the songs have already been made available on digital platforms. And if you’re not sure if you’re ready to open Spotify yet, well, Bed In also uploaded some not-quite-MVs-but-not-quite-commercials (teasers?) for said songs on their YouTube:
Hey, it’s only been a few days since Not Secured, Loose Ends treated us to the B-side of their upcoming single “Odd eye”, and today we get the title track because somebody at Codomomental HQ must still be seething over last year’s Corenament upset and aiming to set things right. The only logical explanation, in fact! So like click through, understanding that the official link is only good for slightly less than two hours from the second that this publishes:
I periodically lament the amount of change that the idol scene has undergone since I first picked up it, and certainly since I started this goofy ol’ website. So many of the groups that were effective backbones are dead and gone, and even many that have managed to keep it together are very different entities than they were in the day. What’s worse is that I outright miss some of them to the point that, during duller times of the year, I get a little too nostalgic and pull that old-man-yells-at-cloud-get-off-my-lawn thing. I miss my idols, is all!
Fortunately, HimeKyunFruitCan (which I believe is now the preferred romaji nomenclature!) may have gotten a reboot, but they’re still at it, and still repping Ehime, and still releasing new things. Just learning about this new one filled me with happiness — one of my favorite old mainstay groups, or an approximation thereof, remains to remind me of the best of it all!
A little while back, if you’ll recall, I had an itch of curiosity about a once-up-and-comer from the chika ranks, a certain le biglemoi, and decided to look them up. The timing was good! The group was reshuffling and re-starting, and had some new music to share.
Flash forward to yesterday, when I was trying to contribute to a project of Kerrie’s and was wracking my brain for idols that fit a certain description, and remembered le biglemoi and again found myself looking at their feed, which was … well, frankly, not all that exciting. It was like nothing had happened since the last time, and that’s fine, man, idol needs to idol on its own time sometimes.
However, as it turned out, in this case I was actually a tiny bit early, and le biglemoi had some stuff to share, just a few hours after I’d arrived:
You guys. Remember just around the historical corner when I completely lost consciousness over a minute-long clip of a song off of Shihatsumachi Underground’s month-plus-away album? Despite having passed out in awe, I remember it well! So well, in fact, that it’s all I can do to keep it together for another one:
Oh, that’s so good. I have a group of friends who are enormous fans of a certain French indie pop band that’s had some immodest hits this side of the pond who are going to love the crap out of this.
Man, you guys, we’re not off to the most rip-roaring start to 2019, but I’ll be darned if there aren’t some really great releases coming together already. That Zenkimi single? Have mercy. And now to follow up on an item that started as a Weekender throwaway just a couple of weeks ago, then grew into something that arguably should have become a full-blown post but OH HERE WE ARE, Shihatsumachi Underground, the announcement about whom included that they’re going to drop an album, are now in the process of fully teasing out said album, and here’s a chunk of a track that’s currently looping because I am a weakling in the face of it: