For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
— Some jerk called King James
I wasn’t actually even asleep yet when the messages started coming. But did I ignore them? You bet! It was late as hell and I was trying to wind down, not get into some mess. So imagine my surprise then to wake up to a chorus of humans calling out that BiSH had just Beyonce-released a new album:
— BiSHオフィシャル (@BiSHidol) November 4, 2017
Now, this is clever as hell. Watanabe had teasingly tweeted out his thoughts on “the new BiSH” album a few weeks ago, calling it “a masterpiece.” I took that to mean “ha, now you idiots will be all slavering when I decide to release the thing in April!”, not “no we’re literally doing final mixes right now.” What a jerk. It’s available in some stores over the weekend, then will disappear for a few weeks for a full release later in the month. THE GUERiLLA BiSH indeed!
Here’s the lead single, “My landscape”:
Man, that’s pretentious. And I don’t mean high-school-kid-drinking-dad’s-scotch pretentious, I mean we-are-literally-believing-in-our-own-greatness pretentious. It’s BiSH doing the BiSH that I least enjoy (remember, I called “Promise the Star” butt, which it is!), but doing it well, and doing it in a way that’s going to have an accessible mass appeal. How did the Single That Should Not Have Been do, sales-wise, anyway? I’m curious, for real, but also lazy.
This is better than the butt-fest that was “Promise the Star” in every way
So I listened to that about 30 times. The dang video was filmed in the USA? And they didn’t so much as play a single gig? Now I’m just insulted. But also intrigued — if Avex (I’m presuming it was Avex money) will send them across the Pacific to shoot a video, that opens the door to my dream scenario of seeing “Hoshi ga” done three times in a row on Saturday Night Live.
Here’s the whole track list:
SMACK baby SMACK
spare of despair
Here’s looking at you, kid.
That’s a lot of completely new music! But they included the most boring song in WACK history (that’s “Promise the Star,” which, you will recall, is butt) on top of another slow, emotionally manipulative power ballad (that’s this song!). I wasn’t blown away by “Orchestra,” either, though, and my belief in the absolute value of KiLLER BiSH only grows over time, so I’m willing to put a lot of stock into this being another amazing record overall. And we’ll probably get at least one more MV before the actual real-deal launch date, which just so happens to be crammed up against the awards deadline because Watanabe knows what we do and wants us to suffer.
This was very well-played, dude. There’s potential that it’s a hoist-by-your-own-petard moment, but I’ll play along for now.