Kaishin no Ichigeki’s Out Here Doing Beautiful Things

I’m trying to think of a particular single idol release in the past couple of months that I’ve waited so pointedly and specifically and hopefully for than the new album from Kaishin no Ichigeki. Ever since sort of bringing them back into the fold, I’ve kept them high on my notifications list because I have this feeling that (2020 Best Ofs aside) they’re due for a significant move, or at least play for one, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss it.

They’ve been teasing a new album for a while now, with short MV trailers even, and I freely admit that I got myself extremely hype for this one. Did I squee when it dropped this morning? Maybe.

Potential bonus: Titled after a significant foodborne toxin?

That is actually not quite what I had in mind when I saw the teasers, but I’m definitely not complaining about it. KISN has always been a really enjoyable group to witness with very good music behind them, and, well, here you go! I actually kind of got lost in the arrangement in the first verse (in a good way), in the way it was playing with the guitar and vocal melodies, and hoped for more, only for the chorus to actually be kind of straightforward idol rock. Not a bad thing! My regret is that I won’t be able to listen on a proper device for a while.

The album is out on the 20th. It’d be pretty super if it wound up on streaming services (that I use) in addition to the usual stuff, but whoever has access to the thing is going to enjoy it no doubt.