Perhaps a bit long time in coming we have the great album track from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku. Right from the tempo establishing stick clicks “Donten (曇天)” is unexpectedly “un-idol” in its sound: a band arrangement that straddles between indie rock and pop in the best way possible. Guitars fuzz and pluck out unexpected degrees under the steady beats of acoustic drums. “Donten” is a bit somber in its melody, but I don’t think that’ll bother you if you’re looking for new flavors to your music. Although the girls of Ebichu don’t make an appearance in the PV, we get some great animation from Oshima Tokiko that follows a prospective idol on the auditions and rejections of her journey. “Donten” is a short version, so we are deprived of a satisfying ending to the story, but that just means we’ll have something to look forward to when we eventually purchase “MUSiC”. As an album track, “Donten” adds richness and complexity to the oeuvre of Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku that endears the listener to their overall existence. “MUSiC”, the fifth album from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, goes on sale March 13, 2019.[UPDATE 2019.03.17 – Full version now linked]
Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (私立恵比寿中学 Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, literally “Ebisu Private Junior High School”) are a Japanese girl idol group. The band’s name is officially shortened to Ebichu (エビ中), which can mean “in a shrimp”. The group was created by 3B Junior, the third section of the talent agency Stardust Promotion. Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku is a “little sister” group to another Stardust Promotion girl group, Momoiro Clover Z. Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku current lineup includes Mayama Rika (真山りか), Yasumoto Ayaka (安本彩花), Hoshina Mirei (星名美怜), Kashiwagi Hinata (柏木ひなた), Kobayashi Kaho (小林歌穂), and Nakayama Riko (中山莉子).
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