TOKYO Tefutefu Is Playing with Our Hearts for Keeps

The Codomomental newbies — both of them — are out here following a fairly familiar script for units in the family, but something clicked in me yesterday when this MV dropped and I’ll be damned if I can really place it. What matters, I think, is that this second digital single from the don’t-you-dare-call-them-other second bright, shiny act out of Codomomental to close 2020 (TOKYO Tefutefu, if you’re following) is also taking the highly emotional stuff for a spin, and in this case, well:

Not having Tsurezure anymore gives both groups opportunities to pick up that sound and run with it, and I’m sure these last couple of entries aren’t the last we’ll see of really any of NSLE’s several modifications over the years, but TOKYO Tefutefu’s “double” here sounds like it, if you know what I mean. Like this is what a successor group sounds like, using a lot of the core elements but also taking them in directions they haven’t necessarily been used to explore before. That TOKYO Tefutefu presents as fairly tradol in orientation even if their music is yet to be decided*, and roles between members (at least for now) seem kind of settled in, I think sells that even more. Don’t think of them as a nostalgia act — think of them as exploiting your emotional vulnerabilities by showing just enough of the beloved familiar to draw you in and then sucker-punching you right in the feels so you can’t ever get away. It’s kind of brilliant.

“double” is out today on … all of the streamers of your choice? Close enough.

*Though they seem closer to it than akugi, which is to say that they may be coalescing on this kind of tortured-emo-alt-idorock thing, which is just fine