This week’s articles comes to you through internet problems, me being super tired and a whole bunch of other bullshit that none of you even care about. Anyway, there’s some pretty sweet new music out this week so let’s go under the hood.
Berryz Koubou – “Asian Celebration“
Berryz Koubou are releasing their new single “Asian Celebration” this week and it’s pretty good, but man did they pick an awful title. Thankfully the song doesn’t have any of the horrible stereotypes that you’re probably thinking about. It’s actually the next in what looks to be a long line of electro-pop tunes coming out of Hello!Project right now. This new musical direction is pretty divisive so your enjoyment of this release will hinge on what side of the fence you fall on, but I’m personally enjoying it. Well most of it anyway, Miyabi’s MC sections in this song were pretty cringe worthy.
BiS – “BiSimulation“
Next up is Brand-new Idol Society with new single “BiSimulation” which was composed by Hidaka Toru of Beat Crusaders fame. I wrote a review for the PV which you can read here if you want my in-depth analysis. For everyone too lazy to do that, here’s a quick and dirty rundown. If you’re into idol music that makes use of lots of guitar and synths then this should be right up your alley. If you’re into idol groups that push the boundaries of the genre then……you get where I’m going with this right? Anyway, much love for BiS and much love for Wacky who is graduating soon and who we will all miss very much.
Nogizaka46 – “Kimi no Na wa Kibou“
Last up we have Nogizaka46 with “Kimi no Na wa Kibou” which is a pretty middling song by all accounts. It has however been growing on me slightly over the past week or so, so perhaps there’s hope for it yet. The main selling point for this release, at least as far as I’m concerned is the b-sides. I feel like we’ve heard this story before somewhere but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Anyway, my picks from the b-sides are “13hi no Kinyobi” and “Dekopin” so if the a-side isn’t doing too much for you then perhaps check these out instead.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
Man, there’s so much that I didn’t get the chance talk about. From the stuff listed above, Sakura Gakuin’s album might be worth a look assuming it’s better than last year’s offering. You may have heard of Up Up Girls from their “Harlem Shake” videos on Youtube so checking out their music seems like a logical next step (they’re pretty good by the way). Space Girls Planet and YuiKaori are fairly by the book groups so there’s your more traditional offerings of the week and 9nine have an album coming out so that seems like a pretty good jumping on point if you’re a new fan.
So, let me know what you’re looking forward to this week in the comment section below and also if you’re checking out anything new and what you thought about it.