Hey, we’re back after what some would say was a much needed week off in the world of idol releases. This is “This Week in Music” brought to you by New School Kaidan where I outline all of the new music you can buy each week and offer my thoughts on if a releases is worth your time or not. It’s a pretty sweet setup if I do say so myself, hopefully you all agree too.
Without any further adieu, let’s get back into the swing of things and dive into some analysis of this week’s new releases.
Ono Erena – “Erepyon”
First up this week we have former AKB48 member Ono Erena and her debut solo single “Erepyon”. As someone who wasn’t the most confident that we’d ever see Ono again after her graduation from AKB, the fact that she is back so soon with new material is certainly a welcome development. As far as the song itself goes, it’s a very upbeat idol song with some solid instrumentals. While many have complained about the rather liberal use of auto-tune on Ono’s vocals for this release, I think it works well enough here. If something like the use of auto-tune completely ruins a song for you then I’d have to ask you why you’re even listening to J-pop in the first place. I’d normally pass judgement on the b-sides too at this point but I haven’t actually heard any of them yet so all I have to go off of is the a-side. Still, I think the a-side alone should provide enough of an incentive for you to check this release out.
Passpo☆ – “Next Flight”
The last release that we have for this week is Passpo☆ with their new single “Next Flight”. This certainly isn’t your typical idol pop song no, guitar driven instrumentals are the order of the day here and I have to say it does work amazingly well. Apparently the fact that they drafted in a band comprised of “American” musicians (who get their share of screentime in the PV) rubbed some people the wrong way but I personally appreciate the fact that an idol group is even bothering to use real instruments these days when synthesized music is very much the norm. If you’ve enjoyed any of Passpo☆’s previous releases then you probably know what’s on offer here and don’t need me to convince you to check this release out. For those of you on the fence, if you enjoy real instruments and are looking for a group that consistently releases solid singles then this release and Passpo☆ are certainly for you.
That’s it for this week, be sure to check back next week when I will be taking a look at and sharing my thoughts on Maeda Atsuko’s latest solo single “Kimi wa Boku da”.