Usually, when you see tweets like this, it’s time to get hype:
— ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (@zenbukiminosei) April 15, 2016
Just a few minutes ago, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, who’d managed to release an entire album and a single within just a few months of each other without giving us so much as a shred of new video since last summer’s door-blowing-off “ShitEnd | Placebo,” let us know that they are officially done with fucking around by releasing MVs for both tracks from “Untitled Choir.”
First, here’s the title track:
Patience with reward you; love and empathy will kill you. Happy Friday!
It’s hard to have a signature sound when you’re treading a lot of the same ground as the Dempagumi.inc’s of the world, but Kiminosei manages to get this serious foreboding into what would otherwise be bright, cheery A-pop. Here it starts with the drums, then builds along with the usual chiptune sugar rush until things take a serious turn and those hardcore chugs step up. It’s not a long moment, but it’s so good emotionally. It’s true: Let the others doing yami-kawaii focus on the moody, alt-poppy music; if you’re Kiminosei, you build and torture and release energy. Love.
This B-side, though:
If you love yourself, you’ll watch to the end. Welcome to being everybody’s favorite member, Gomochi!
I’m not even going to try to make sense of a title that Google just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ at; it’s “うぇゆうぇゆうぉっ〜ヒネクレノタリ〜.”
This is the Kiminosei that we always thought we were getting, genuine Akihabara idolcore. I want to meet the person who handles their percussion, because it’s awesome. This is … how do you make pop music violent like this? It’s so full of menace from start to finish, and almost sexually teases that breakdown-that-never-quite-makes-it before rounding its theme back toward the ending. The visuals work so well with it that I want to assign it to the guy I used to know who directed hip-hop videos and had few ideas beyond “rapper and women in hot tub and/or car.”
And if you thought depression and cannibalism were dark things to depict in a video, I think Kiminosei just decided to up the ante. Though not thematically all that different, it goes in a much more nihilistic direction than “KARATE,” for instance, and is actually significantly more violent in its depiction of emotions than “DEADMAN.”
Sweet mother of cheeses. I hope Zenbukimi never, ever stops doing this.
UPDATE: The Song with the Untranslatable Title has been added to the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist. In fact, added to the position that I always consider the beginning of the finale. So that’s neat.