For their eighth single, the girls from Toyota City, Aichi experiment with 60fps video around their hometown. “Gotochi song (ご当地ソング, Local song)” gives Star☆T more chances to give outsiders a look at Toyota City through the eyes of the locals. The melody features a chorus that sounds like bubbles effervescing up from the depths. Groups like Star☆T really get to me: they overload themselves with passion, yet need to operate with significantly less resources and sophistication than even the most base Tokyo indie group. A wide-angle shot of the girls in performance at a picturesque park with the trees in shades of yellow and auburn. I wouldn’t say the choreography is spectacular, but then that’s never really been the point of a group like Star☆T: they’re local idols here to promote their city. Individual shots of the girls put them in likewise attractive locals with more ambition than actual technique. Star☆T broke into the Oricon Daily top 25 with “Gotochi song” on their first day returns, so I think this is a job well done. Keep it up, Star☆T: I’m cheering you on from my living room here in Los Angeles. “Gotochi song”, the eighth single release from Star☆T is on sale now at the retailers listed below.
Star☆T was formed in 2011 as part of an project produced by a Toyota City, Aichi local cable television. The group made its debut in December of that same year with the aim of promoting Toyota City. “Star ☆ T” of the group name is the star of Toyota as the group aims to become the Star of Toyota City. In collaboration with Toyota City Tourist Association and others, Star☆T attract people with local feeling songs and stage performance high quality, and a wide range of age members’ members (living in Toyota City). Star☆T’s current lineup includes members Wakuda Akari (和久田朱里), Shimasaki Yuria (嶋﨑友莉亜), Makino Nagisa (牧野凪紗), Asasora Shizuka (朝空詩珠紅), misola, Hagino Hinako (萩野陽向子), Aratake Ayane (荒武彩音), Saitoh Hikaru (斉藤 暉), Hamakawa Chinari (浜川一愛), Satoh Runa (佐藤瑠那), Ise Mion (伊勢実恩), Ruka (瑠果), Kamito Ai (上戸 愛), Kondoh Miki (近藤実希), Okada Ayuka (岡田歩佳), and Hayama Nene (葉山寧々).
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