It’s Christmas Eve, and while I know* that most of the International Idol Communiverse is terminally online, really and truly the last thing we should all be doing right now is, well, what we usually do. But you know, I have this big-ass stack of late-season idol stuff that I didn’t get to make blog posts about, and I have some free time, so let’s catch up.
Owaranaide, Yoru! We here at Homicidols Dot Com have always appreciated this cool project, though circumstance meant that we haven’t covered them directly in a while. Sorry about that! They actually did a lot of great work this year, which I encourage you to check out, but first and most trenchantly is this latest from their just-released EP Kore wo Ame to Yobunonara:
So as I mentioned the other day, one of the perks of being a fancy idol blogger is that you get into communication with the behind-the-scenes folks, both to build personal relationships (people like each other, imagine!) and to share information. So it is that we know about Owaranaide, Yoru in the first place, in fact, and how their latest single (dropped yesterday) came into my life.
I warn you: If you follow OWAYORU at all, you may have an idea of what it is they sound like, what they do, etc. Put aside those notions, friend, and think to yourself, now why would Maniac be so coy about this and so excited all at once? What is it about this strange person that I should turn into an inference about what I’m about to hear? And if the answer to that question happens to land you on such things as “Dance for Philosophy” and “Especia” and “what could have been for Hauptharmonie,” which is to say, how about a little smoothness to your day, wouldn’t that be a nice way to close the year and start a week all at once?
What a pleasant surprise. And the best part is that it’s by Candye Syrup’s composer-san, too, which goes to show you that talent is talent and that some people simply cannot be contained. I just wish there were more than the one track! And maybe some video! And then another thing like this in short order!
Confession! I feel really guilty about being kind of late on this, but fortunately being a step late meant that I could share better, and unconditional, news — in a few days, Candye Syrup will be issuing a new single (well, new.5), I think the first official physical release by the new regime. When this was first shared with me by a very helpful and friendly and no doubt fun-at-parties insider, the record was definitely venue-only, but things changed a little bit shortly thereafter.
Here’s the official announcement:
That’s Senanan’s artwork, btw; KOUICHI on the composition
Misanthropic post-pop nightstalkers Owaranaide, Yoru are very much on the move, gang, and I feel like a group that’s been teasing a ton of potential since their debut last fall in the aftermath of the original Candye Syrup is reaching that point where their pot bubbleth over. Today is a smorgasbord of good things.
First, and frankly quite importantly for getting a better feel for their total aesthetic, their first real-deal MV:
And in my last bit of sharing for the day, I’d like to revisit Daemon’s reveal of part of the post-Candye Syrup world, which is OWARANAIDE, YORU, about which Starlight Signal-senpai themself has been kind enough to reach out.
Like the others, we’re looking at an instrumental, and all composed by the same cat (Kouichi), who is also the same cat behind Candye Syrup and SENANAN. This unofficially places Kouichi in the same realm as, say, syva, in the totality of range to be employed. May the day come when we good-naturedly complain about the emergence of Kouichicore, thankful nonetheless for an overall-delicious body of work while griping for the sake of having something to gripe about.
That I very much like where this is going should surprise nobody — if we split the hair finely enough, we can determine idorock, idol rock, idol rock that is really good rock, and idol rock that is really good rock that Maniac in particular like because it agrees with his biases — and, really, I just want the whole tracks out, vocals added, and a good multimedia debut to show us what this group can be about.