We have reached the second-to-last week of our Top 50 countdown featuring the albums that placed 11 – 20 plus one honorable mention that didn’t quite make the final list of 50.
“Why the honorable mentions?”, no one asked, “Why not just make it a top 55 or 60?”
There are a few reasons such as we had to draw a line somewhere, and also because we wanted to respect our quasi-democratic process. The primary reason though is because, when we first took a look at the final top 50, we were surprised by a few things that weren’t there. This week’s honorable mention is a prime case in point:
There is no question that 2020 has so far been full of dark days with signs of more to come. Parts of the world are retreating into another round of COVID lockdowns, the US may be just days away from going into full-on “Purge” mode and Hachigatsu-chan just left Oyasumi Hologram.
Into this bleak landscape, FAREWELL, MY L.u.v have dropped a bright, shiny groove-and-reggae-infused nugget of joy in the form of their second EP, GOLD. And just in time too. The only thing that’s been getting me through the day lately is this track on repeat:
The new O’CHAWANZ isn’t loud at all. O’CHAWANZ, in general, aren’t that loud. But I don’t care. They dominated my personal best-of last year and they’re ready to do it again in 2019.
It got me wondering. If EPISODE V was full of hype songs, and MELLOW MADNESS is going to be, well, mellow, would that mean MELLOW MADNESS is the night to EPISODE V’s day?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on a real O’CHAWANZ kick as of late. It was to be expected I suppose; Sugarsugar Lala was my Koutei Camera Girl Zwei oshi, so it would have been hard for me to feel let truly down by any future endeavors she got herself into. What I had heard from O’CHAWANZ so far was pretty decent in my opinion, but then the actual masterpiece that was I.YA.DA came along and I was pulled into rice bowl oblivion so forcefully that I could almost feel myself being suffocated by carbohydrates. These girls had got me good.
Anyway, their debut album, Episode V, came out this week, and I was thrilled to learn that it had made its way to international iTunes too! (Big thanks to our own Supreme Nothing for the heads up.) Originally, I was just going to buy the album and enjoy it privately as normal, but, well, the disaster that was 3776-chan’s Wild Ride was a surprise hit for the site, so I thought I might as well take advantage of my crippling insomnia once again. Continue reading