This week’s featured releases come from Angerme, Especia and Nogizaka46.
Things seem to be in a constant state of flux recently as far as Angerme are concerned. Fukuda Kanon’s graduation looms large on the horizon and there’s even been the announcement of a new generation less than a year after the last one. Still, Angerme forge ahead with a new triple a-side single. The first two songs look to consolidate the group’s new identity that was introduced with “Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu” while “Mahou Tsukai Sally” is a cover that shows the group still has its fun side. There may be some rather large question marks over Angerme’s future, but they still know how to make some great pop music.
Especia release what I’m told is their first single on a major label this week in the form of “Aviator / Boogie Aroma”. This is only their second musical outing of the year, following on from the “Primera” album that they released back in February to a positive reception, from everyone I spoke to anyway. Anyone expecting Especia’s sound to have drastically changed on this CD should probably feel a little foolish as well as being disappointed. Especia have certainly carved out a nice little niche for themselves in the idol pop landscape of Japan and continue to impress with their throwback offerings.
We close out this week’s featured releases with Nogizaka46 and their latest single “Taiyou Knock”. I think it’s fair to say that like Especia, Nogizaka46 have found a sound that works for them and have stuck with it for the most part. “Taiyou Knock” does slightly stray into a more traditional idol pop sound though, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. I expect people who are already fans of Nogizaka’s established sound won’t mind this one, but anyone looking for a reason to check this out is going to struggle. For me personally, I see Nogizaka heading in the direction of their “rivals” AKB48 where much of their music is becoming too homogenized which may ultimately turn a lot of fans off.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
“Sakuranbou Music” by Cherry Warning
“Hashire! Seishun” by Choco MilQ
“Robot Boy Robot Girl” by Cupitron
“Air Summer / Shijou no Ai” by GALETTe
“Special My Love” by London Blue
“Calendar Girl” by Lovely Doll
“Wonder Ground” by Lyrical School
“Cosmo Splash” by Mirai Skirt
“Dakishimete ☆ My Heart” by N Zero
“Top Secret ~Setsunai Gokuhijikou~” by Ready To Kiss
The avalanche of new idol releases continues this week. Of all of the stuff that I just didn’t have the time to talk about, I think Cupitron, Lovely Doll and Mirai Skirt are definitely worth a look if you’re looking for something new. Apart from that, thanks for taking the time to read the article and I’ll see you 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!