Prepare for SAKA-SAMA’s Album

You know that it’s a tough time for the team when a Trash-Up!! affiliated act puts out two selections in a week’s time and nobody brought it up. So it has been! I’ve been busy in ways that would scandalous a worker bee, and chats with others quickly devolved into “no, we’re getting killed at work right now.” And also, a Trash-Up!! act has been dropping material all over YouTube!

In this case, it’s SAKA-SAMA, who plural of the people you see write ’round these parts are absolutely in love with, and for obvious reasons: They not only can do it all — all styles, all genres, all times — they do do it all, and with aplomb. Not everything that they do “rocks” per se, but everything that they do is, usually, worth the time you spend with it. This is why, after their exquisite (and weird!) single, their forthcoming album is going to be something to embrace with fervor:

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As a discourse on their stylistic possibilities, take the tracks uploaded over the past week. For instance, as if in response to my bringing up old-school prog in idol:

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These New Idols Ain’t Anybody’s Puppet: Marionet

Man, catching up on stuff has been hard! We’re now fully into idol’s busy season, in case you couldn’t tell, so every time that I think I’m going to be be able to catch up on several older items at once, nope, not happening, too much else going on. I’m not going to complain — in fact, I’m embracing it, because it makes things that I do try to catch up on either faster or in-geological-terms immediately that much more special.

One area for catch-up? New units. There are a lot of them! Many of them pretty good in fact! I must have a couple of dozen that I could be posting up and don’t just because there isn’t time for it all. In some cases, though, I’m making exceptions. Like, for instance, Marionet, who actually haven’t debuted yet, but for whom I’ll make an exception to the usual semi-rule because they’ve at least had the good sense to preview some of their music:

There’s another reason, though, and it’s that the roster includes one very familiar face: Continue reading

Yep, Still Ready for that Kaqiryo Terror Architect EP

It’s time for another Kaqiryo Terror Architect song preview! The last one had me so hype that I wanted to break — they already had one stupid-good album release on the year, and an EP on the same level had the potential to shatter reality as we know it. These tweets from the boss are always so good-way ominous:

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Well This Is a Whole New Style for SPARK SPEAKER, Ain’t It?

I have this terrible sinking feeling that there’s a full-on MV for this happening at any minute and I’m going to have some egg on my face, but that’s fine, I needed to have posted this a few days ago anyway.

SPARK SPEAKER! The hard-charging at times surprisingly melodic unit that you either love or don’t yet know that you love is … well, that whole “a few days ago” thing, they actually released their second full album today, and they published this lyric video to get you hype, and they just so happen to be rolling out some adjustments to their sound. Plus or minus, you decide:

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Babymetal to Almost Certainly Soon Be Releasing New Album

Just kind of riffing on my dude Daemon’s post from the other day, but it’s true, and not like in the way that I got way out in front of myself and thought that this year’s international tour was a precursor to an album release (instead it was precursor to more fan tears than I thought possible!). No, this seems pretty legit. Just play along.

First this got dropped into the world:

I’m assuming that it was kind of quietly regarded because it’s a) for the graphic novel and b) was released by the publisher, not Amuse. Fine. But … hey, that’s Babymetal music, music that was theretofore unheard by we mere mortals, and there’s some heft to the whole presentation, like there’s more to it.

Par for the Babymetal course, no doubt. Par for the Babymetal fan course, though, is to relentlessly overanalyze everything within broadcast distance of potential new material, and in this case some sleuthing uncovered our likely future. Continue reading

Kaqriyo Terror Architect’s EP Is Already Feeling Like One of the Year’s Best

It’s time, it’s time! Kaqriyo Terror Architect, befoulers of decency and soon-to-be queens of the underground if there’s an ounce of justice in the world, have previously made it known that their first EP was coming, and that we should prepare. Today, we get our first taste, and I don’t know if anybody could have prepared enough for it.

Two-hour window, of course, but:

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ZOC Feels Too Good to Be True

As if 2018 hasn’t already been absolutely lousy with great idol debuts, along comes every idol’s greatest champion, Oomori Seiko, with a unit of her own. Like, when this was announced, I thought, oh neat it’ll be cool if she stands in as producer and writes some tracks — I didn’t expect that she’d don the skirt herself and step right the hell up as leader.

Given the quality of this pre-debut teaser, I’m guessing that she just didn’t want to feel left out:

And this is just the intro! There’s precious little info about where this project is heading (even Natalie.mu is stripped down to the basics of them debuting tonight). That means speculation — the stupider the better! — so I’m going to go out on a wild-ass limb and say that it’s time to go all-in because: Continue reading

Here’s Our First Look at the New PassCode Single

Man, few things can get me as revved back up and into an idol mood as something new from PassCode; I’ve been watching their Twitter like a hawk for the typical preview of the double A-side to drop (the art got me particularly hype) just so that I could bask in the thermonuclear glow of PassCode doing PassCode things. It’s just a shortened clip from the MV that we got this morning, but that’s a lot more PassCode than we had just yesterday, and that’s fine. Take it away, screaming vocoder digicore idols:

Some of you can probably the see the whole thing via that link in the tweet, but many of us can’t! I even went chasing after PassCode on Facebook to see if they’d added an upload for us there yet, but alas: Continue reading

Let’s Just Call It the Boss Single

In case it hasn’t been obvious, I’ve become a little bit of a BiSH skeptic over the past year or so — even my original support for the last single waned in retrospect. It grieves me, actually; my all-time idol top 10, regardless of whether it’s song-album-video-person-whatever, has BiSH all over it, and I remain an ardent supporter of the idea of BiSH and the incredible barrier-breaking potential that I think they have. This is why, even almost two years into a long run of mostly being disappointed by them, I get the giddies when they spin off new stuff, especially new stuff that appeals directly to my own biases!

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So How Do We Feel about EMPiRE Right Now?

I’m asking this question because we’re coming up on the EMPiREiversary and folks in this community seem to fall on a simple continuum when it comes to WACK’s first explicit collaboration with Avex — people seem to be EMPiRE fans, or they’re fairly indifferent, or somewhere blithely in between. This is relevant because hey, there’s a new EP coming out in a few weeks, and the MV for the lead track is out in a few days, and just kind of let this wash over you:

That looks sleek as hell and sounds like it’s either going to be epic or another reductive “Orchestra” knock-off. Neither, for what it’s worth, would be bad in the absolute, but one is seriously better than the other, you know? I also thought that maybe we were looking at clips from at least two total MVs, actual results of course yet to be determined. Continue reading