Let’s Pause and Enjoy Some New Yanase You

Man, when was the last time that I got to post about Kyoto’s #1* solo rock-oriented idol, Yanase You? I think I’ve managed to dedicate but one whole dang post about her in two years (a few other references notwithstanding). That kind of sucks and is unfortunate, given that I mostly like what You releases — in the doubt-I’ll-ever-publish-it “Idols That I Consistently Need to Be Reminded About, Ranked” post, she’s right near the top of the list. It’s also only mostly true that I need reminders, as I have a list of acts that I visit about once per quarter or so, just to keep up.

Anyway, serendipity struck, and this check-in revealed that You had dropped a new single, her fifth(!), yesterday, and there’s an MV to check out!

I wasn’t crazy about her most recent single (just a few months old!), but this? This I like. That neo-traditional+rock sound works so well when it’s coherently put together, and what we get in this case is right the hell on point. Truth be told, if you go all the way back through You’s catalog, you’ll find that’s she hits way way way way way more often than she foul tips, and, depending on how you interpret these things, she can get a good bit heavier as well.

And, you know, there’s a real paucity of Kyoto idols in our orbit, and I’m always down to support another local scene.

*Objectively, this is subjectively true