I Review Things: Yukueshirezutsurezure | “Antino Ideology”

Cover art for Yukueshirezutsurezure's mini-album Antino Ideology

The unofficial disclaimer on this EP is this: From the perspective of this Maniac and this website, the emergence of Yukueshirezutsurezure (along with their sister group Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da) in the past year is one of the most exciting things in idol, period. While new trails are being blazed pretty much week to week, somebody will naturally stand out more than others, and Tsurezure is like this incredible beacon of loss and pain.

Want to know more? Check out this interview with them.

As befits an idol group, in just over six months of existence, they’ve already experienced their share of membership turnover, but they haven’t slowed their trajectory one bit, for which kudos to Codomomental management are deserved; to stand out and keep standing out in a ridiculously competitive scene, you must keep moving. No sooner was this CD in stores than the group’s first official single was announced for an August release.

That piece, given recent developments in the membership and something of an emergence of a core sound, will likely be a stepping-off point for the group, their real debut. This EP, on the other hand, very much is a collection from its formative period, and as such includes several different moves in its short length.

So with that being said, what is the verdict on this relative time capsule? Continue reading

Quiet Morning: New People, Welcome to Existential Terror

It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot going on at this immediate moment (though, having said that, I’m sure like three new videos and a major membership announcement will be released within the next 1:45), and your friendly neighborhood Maniac needs to be in a whole bunch of terrible not-good meetings at work all day, beginning quite early, so I thought that a little introduction to one of the most anus-clenchingly compelling newer idol groups was in order.

Meet Yukueshirezutsurezure (which is often shortened because typing). They’re in the banner. Their first EP/mini album will soon be unleashed upon the world. This is what the cover will look like.

I almost wonder if they aren’t like the Others/White Walkers from Game of Thrones; like, does the advent of spring force them to return to a chilly, shadowy realm where the sun can’t harm their well-crafted paleness?

But this is a new people intro, so this is what they sound like (this song with their big sisters in Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da):


They’ve actually been releasing teasers for a while, but take them down after 2-hour windows close. They are wonderful. I cannot wait for this albumlet thing to come out.