When this first hit Twitter about 45 minutes ago, I was like, “Oh great, another weird swerve for the Artists Formerly Known as a Couple of Different Things.”
A few synth sections aside, there’s nothing denpa-y about this one; it has energy much more akin to “Plastic 2 Mercy” from back in the day (well, a year ago), a traditional pop ballad. It’s a nice song.
And I was still prepared to bag on it a little bit — this being a case of including an artist of interest more than music that fits the amorphous mold — until I actually looked at the video, and you know what? I think this is a piece of commentary, a little throwing-open of the soul, “we are the idol” being a humanizing and (dare I say?) empowering message. That makes the promo images make a lot more sense than “why are the A-pop girls glaring at the future?”
The lyrics are subtitled in the video — do any of you Japanese readers care to share some insights into the actual theme of the song?
I also officially have no idea where GANG PARADE’s going from here; the denpa thing was a pretty sharp departure from where they’d started, and now here’s a track that’s going back to the heart of their origin.