We Review Things: “It’s a SAKA-SAMA World”!

SAKA-SAMA have been something of a favorite with Team Homicidols since they first formed in 2016, but at the same time, they’ve remained a perplexing enigma of an idol unit. Constantly shifting membership rosters are always part of this territory, but this group seems especially prone to changing it’s line-up with each passing season, with only Kokone and Dr. Mahiru providing consistency as it’s founding members. And the music of SAKA-SAMA, primarily billed as “Low-Fi Dream Pop”, is in truth equally unpredictable, with a wide variety of unique genres and styles that run the gamut of shoegazey indie-pop to oddball quirky country songs and spoken word pieces, making it a rather difficult task to describe what exactly the group does. Mind you, this isn’t a complaint by any means, I’m just trying to clarify why writing about TRASH-UP!!’s in-house idol group is well… quite a challenge. 

So after a couple of years of compilation tracks, EPs, singles, and one live recording, SAKA-SAMA have finally released an actual, honest-to-goodness full length album, titled, appropriately enough, “It’s a SAKA-SAMA World’! I’ve been excitedly anticipating this release since the moment it was announced, and I eagerly snatched it from OTOTOY right away. I came to realize quickly that this is an album that, just like anything related to SAKA-SAMA, has certain unique traits that can’t be summed up after a breezy listening session. This is what we call a “grower”, or a “slow-burn”, wherein one must dig in deeply to truly reap the rewards of the listening experience, and develop an opinion based on multiple takes instead of relying on easy gratification. 

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Prepare for SAKA-SAMA’s Album

You know that it’s a tough time for the team when a Trash-Up!! affiliated act puts out two selections in a week’s time and nobody brought it up. So it has been! I’ve been busy in ways that would scandalous a worker bee, and chats with others quickly devolved into “no, we’re getting killed at work right now.” And also, a Trash-Up!! act has been dropping material all over YouTube!

In this case, it’s SAKA-SAMA, who plural of the people you see write ’round these parts are absolutely in love with, and for obvious reasons: They not only can do it all — all styles, all genres, all times — they do do it all, and with aplomb. Not everything that they do “rocks” per se, but everything that they do is, usually, worth the time you spend with it. This is why, after their exquisite (and weird!) single, their forthcoming album is going to be something to embrace with fervor:

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As a discourse on their stylistic possibilities, take the tracks uploaded over the past week. For instance, as if in response to my bringing up old-school prog in idol:

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