This week’s featured releases come from BiSH, Kiyoshi Ryujin 25 and Kobushi Factory.
When BiS called it a day, they left a very big hole not just in the idol scene but in the hearts of many fans. I should know, I was one of them. Well, it really does look like our prayers have been answered in the form of BiSH. For better or worse, the comparisons were and always are going to be there. That being said, anyone who was in doubt after the release of their debut album should hopefully be on board after this single. It’s a little bit crude, what with “OTNK” being an abbreviation of “ochinko” and all that. Still, there’s an earnest energy about the group that’s just infectious, especially if you watch their live performances. Anyone wanting to learn more should head over here.
To continue on with the theme of idol groups trying to grab attention in unconventional ways, next up we have Kiyoshi Ryujin 25. You know, the group with the weird looking dude in it and the girls are supposed to be his wives, right? I think it’s pretty easy for people to read that last sentence and just check out for whatever reason. That’s unfortunate because I think there’s some pretty entertaining music going on here. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, I’m not sure, but in any case you can rest easy knowing that the girls aren’t actually in some crazy polyamorous relationship with Kiyoshi Ryujin (as far as we’re aware). If you’re not as close minded as some, give this album a listen and see how it strikes you.
Finally this week we have Hello! Project newbies Kobushi Factory releasing their major debut single. You might have heard their cover of Sharan Q’s “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta” if you’re watching “Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san”. Kobushi Factory are particularly interesting because they deviate so much from the typical trappings of Hello! Project, at least for now anyway. I can’t remember the last time H!P had such an eccentric sounding group under the main banner. It really is a breath of fresh air that may even interest people who have a thing for the kinds of groups that Stardust Promotion like to produce. If you’re not into Hello! Project normally, maybe give give Kobushi Factory and try and see if they surprise you.
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Pretty solid week of new music I think. If you’re looking for other stuff to check out then I’d give both Petit Passpo (is this right? I must have seen this spelt at least 4 different ways) and Le Lien a listen. I didn’t have a strong enough opinion to feature them but there’s definitely some interesting stuff going on there. Until next time.
If you missed any of the last few weeks’ worth of new music you can check out past editions of This Week in Music here.
What new music are you looking forward to this week? Leave a comment and let us know!