To be filed under “Gee Thanks, Guys!”: WILL-O’, who you may remember as Alloy but who definitely stand out on their own now several months into the new incarnation, have a new single, “Jump!”, available for purchase and streaming on like all of the platforms, so this is your chance:
As with the last dedicated WILL-O’ post, this one is short on content but long on imperative. If you’re a veteran of this whole loudol thing, upon listening, you may find yourself recalling the dearly departed petit pas!, of whom WILL-O’ is a literal direct descendant, and you would be right to do so, as the only differences between this song and the original are: Continue reading →
JAM was the last hurrah for petit pas!, whose three-year odyssey to become the cutest idols in Tokyo led to a 2016 of triumph and tragedy, their performance at TIF setting off chatter that was confirmed after the festival closed: petit pas! was done.
I found myself searching high and low for their video from TIF and finally found it via a Chinese source that doesn’t care very much for things like iframes. You need Flash to see this.
The Tokyo Idol Festival is two whole days away! And just about all of us will be vicariously enjoying TIF from afar!
But that’s okay. In addition to the absolute fuckton of video (official and non) that’ll emerge, the magic of modern technology means that we can freely check out TIF-related content for the idols we’d be going to see, anyway.
The more you learn about petit pas!, the more you appreciate the kind of hustle that goes into idol; the current trio’s only been together for about a year, but Kokoro has been there since the beginning, now the leader of a self-mandated “little steps” group with the aim of being the most kawaii in Tokyo, combining a rock sound with a hip youth-culture aesthetic.
Three years on and a pretty good debut album still fresh, it’s fair to say that petit pas! may not yet have reached their goal, but they’re doing pretty okay nonetheless.
I usually put a disclaimer here, but I’m very pleased to be able to say that I’m able to do this review with eyes wide open and without any pre-existing bias or anything. Just big thanks to the person who helped me acquire this album; I literally couldn’t have done it without your help.