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2019 In Music
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:27:13 AM »
2019 music, we talk about the music that comes out in this year.

BAND-MAID have two new singles out today, "Bubble" and "Glory".

"Bubble" is a little crafty, the verses are full of interplay and little grooves. Saiki keeps the melody while the rest of the band does random things. Quite like Misa's bass playing here, she fills things in nicely. The pre-chorus and bridge are great. The who-oh-oh in the chorus is uncreative and a little cheesy, but I'm not too bothered. A very tame solo by Kanami's standards! "Smile" is the most pop song the band have done since "Love, Passion, Matador". Acoustics and strings, which fit very well. I really like this song it has a great melody and a steady feel. Akane drives it along and Saiki sounds excellent. I like that BAND-MAID is going in a different direction, I just hope they keep the heaviness. This song is a very solid purely J-Pop style track. 

If you think they are softening than "Glory" proves otherwise. This song has been out for a few months and I absolutely love it. The riff is fantastic and jams hard, the drums are excellent, it's an urgent fast paced song with a super catchy chorus. The guitar interplay is great. This song just kicks it, I fricking love this track it's such a power song. It's too short! "The whooole wide-o world!". The b-side "Hide-And-Seek" is pretty awesome. It seems the band did one softer single and one heavier. This song slams, and the second pre-chorus is awesome. Great chorus and fast vocal. Again, Saiki is just the best.

I'm really curious what the next album will be. "Bubble" and "Start Over" where softer releases and "Glory" while great is a few pegs down from what the band was pulling off on World Domination and feels a little less meaty. I hope we get some album songs like "CLANG" on the next album. I don't mind the softer sounds, the band really make them work and I like their first mini-album a lot which is more melodic. So we'll see what they do. I still really like "Start Over" and the hard rocking b-side "Screaming".

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_PWQtc7zVw 

BiSH have a new song "Small Fish" for some Fist Of The North Star 35th Anniversary album because Wack can't stop making them do tie in songs. It's fast paced but honestly not very impressive on first listen. The melody is boring and the vocals are fine but really it's so standard as a song. I hope BiSH stop doing tie-in songs for a bit and just release another album so we can hear the non-single tracks. I think most BiSH listeners are getting sick of everything being for an anime, game or drama.   
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 04:03:48 PM »
the peggies, Hell Like Heaven

At last, my first album of 2019. the peggies seemed to kind of disappear after 2016 but they came ripping back with "Kimi no Sei" the opening of Bunny Girl. It's a great track and it kicks off this high energy, great sounding J-Rock three piece album. Their sound is nothing unusual J-Rock, but Yuho Kitazawa makes it all work. Her guitar is driving and the tone is just fantastic on this record. Her vocals are also quite good and give it a fun tone. It's pretty consitent the whole way, some things break it up like "Fortune" with it's cool as hell beat and groove, and one song with it's chorus guitars, but otherwise it's song after song of high tempo melodic Rock songs. I like it, very solid and enjoyable to listen to. I might order it off CDJapan. I still feel the peggies have never lived up to the potential of "Love In The Tokyo" which was an awesome, wacky, super catchy little ditty that was just a one off in their discography. Nothing else they've done has felt as loose and silly, but for J-Rock this is a solid album. I just wish there was more to break it up.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CVhzHwNJ2s   
 
GANG PARADE, LAST 

If I could define GANG PARADE in a word I couldn't because I don't really know what kind of Alt-Idol group they are trying to be. Their music ranges from recycled second rate cliche WACK songs to whatever the hell "HERETIC" is. This album starts awful with "LAST" which is merely BiSH's "Orchestra" but worse. I already don't like "Orchestra" much, and I dislike how WACK keep making the song over and over again for all these groups. But when we get to song 3, "Message" things get interesting. "HERETIC" is sang in some weirdo dialect, it really stands out. There are some good songs, there are some very mediocre songs. It's nothing much, which is what's becoming the norm with Alt-Idol recently, even BiSH have tamed (though "stereo future" is amazing). I hope a cool new group comes out to throw everything off.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0pEQFo3y78   

Last In My Cult, 1st Demo 

There is a new Punk Idol group in town. A six piece group who make...well Idol Punk music (vaguely). It's been done of course, but we'll see what becomes of this group, right off the bat I can say this demo is perfectly okay. It rocks, but the girls don't really do much interesting. They sing like idols who where given Hard Rocking track to sing over. Even their promo image is just them wearing jackets with obscure Hardcore Punk patches. The music doesn't really reflect that though, it turns into normal J-Rock pretty quickly. But the point of Idols is to watch them grow, for the beginning this is enough to make me want to know what they do next, all we have is a few pictures and this demo after all. I hope the group improve their sound and singing. I'm very much down for more Idol Punk, there are just so many awesome groups to compete with. I wonder what Last In My Cult will do to stand out? Also when is Seiko going to make music with ZOC? Or will she ever...just remembered that...

When it comes to straight up Punk I've yet to see an Alt-Idol group make a more ripping song than BiSH's minute and a half rampage of "DEADMAN" which I've never forgotten since it came out. That and Seiko's "draw (a) drow" where the two times I've experienced real full on Rock 'n Roll music in the modern age in the form of a new song that just blasted me. I was hoping this demo would have some of that power...but it does not.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0C1--YJ6kA         
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 02:55:59 PM »
Seiko what have you done.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFD8cyTeOGY     

So she gets Sayumi Michishige a former 6th Generation member of Morning Musume and does this. "Zettai Kanojo" is one of Seiko's top 5 best songs so for her 5th anniversary she does...this new version of it that...I don't know, this is just bad. I don't like this at all. The other girl isn't really anything notable on vocals, the sentiment of Seiko collabing with a former Morning Musume member is fantastic, but the song... Stylistic autotune like this is pretty awful when it's done this way. I really don't know why Seiko's done this haha. Maybe if it wasn't a remake of a beloved song it'd be different but I'm no fan of this. I hope the 2 b-sides, one being another version of "VOID", a solo acoustic song from a certain version of Kusokawa Party, are better than this.

I like the concept of this single, just not the actual song. "Zentai Kanojo" is such a great song originally, it kind of is Seiko's signature song to. The original...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlcpLLJz1J8                                         

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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 07:50:35 AM »
LOONA, [X X]  
 
K-Pop album from 12 member group LOONA that starts with 6 new songs and in a strange move reverses the tracklist of last years [+ +] EP for the last half. This album has a lot of elements from contemporary Pop production of the last few years, with the sleek chill sounds that burst into busy chorus with various things flying around the mix. Some of the songs follow the chill verse into big busy chorus formula, and it doesn't always works for me, but sometimes it does. It's in the verses that I really like this, the singing is great and the sound is fantastic in the quieter parts. I really like the tracks "Perfect Love", "Colours" and "Where You At" which are very solid, with all the nice Pop sounds I like. "Hi High" is a great song also, I heard this one last year, it has an awesome verse/instrumental and jamming chorus. The vocal sound is excellent, it has that sentimental department store speaker sound I love at times, which is something I always look for in music, because it's nice. Songs like "Butterfly" and "favOriTe" I don't like so much. I like maybe 70% of this album, it has maybe 4 or 5 songs I'll take away. I think this is the first K-Idol album I've listened to all the way.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glldcQh30WU   

Satoko Shibata's upcoming album might be something to look out for. This video/song is, strangely gripping.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMQBV1xfoNM 
What the...this dork is awesome. How did I miss her before? She might be my new J-Pop love.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hB4lCbK8uo                     
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2019, 08:17:01 AM »
Two new songs from Carly Rae, "Now That I Found You" and "No Drug Like Me". They're enjoyable songs, still some 80's elements but with a lot of contemporary production elements. Neither song makes me go, WOW, right off the bat. The production is not too bad, and the 80's ass bass on "No Drug Like Me" along some other details is cool. So far the three songs we've heard from this are, not bad, but hhhm, I don't know, I think my expectations are unrealistic, these are good tracks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyP_JyP1QJg 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVocX_uNTIU 

Seiko has a music video for VOID, a b-side on here next single. Since it...is a Kusokawa Party song in a new arrangement it sounds pretty similar but with a lot more of a rougher sound. It's pretty fast paced and the band sounds trashy. The chorus is great, it's just so clearly an acoustic Seiko gone full band, it's a total rampage through the short run time. It's a hell of a lot better than the terrible "Zettai Kanojo" remake, but it's not anything special. One more song to hear from the single...please be actually good....c'mon Seiko.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18oGNDVC6rg

Mio, former PASSPO member, is in a three piece rock band now! She played bass in Band PASSPO so it seems like she kept that up. This is really awesome actually! I quite like this tune, certainly I will follow this group, BabooBee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAobQiRo5yE
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 01:11:20 PM »
LADYBABY's new song is their best since reforming. "Riot Anthem". With this new line-up they have become more formidable and clear in their goal. More so than the last stint. Rie is certainly a top Alt-Idol. This song is pretty cool, a little wonk it parts though.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMWwyRSsL5E     

EMPiRE's new single is fairly decent. They still don't stick out too much, I don't know what their thing is, but I like this song. I did order THE EMPiRE STRiKES START on cassette though, since of course I was going to buy an Idol album on tape. EMPiRE, GANG PARADE and the new BiS all kind of blend in a bit, with some good songs here and there. "Jealously Marionette" from LAST GANG PARADE is an absolute jam that I love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7rAg1OQ79c

PASSCODE have a new album coming out April 3rd, Clarity. "Taking You Out" and "Tonight" where awesome singles so this album has potential. The group is a great mix of styles in it's own crazy way. Silent Siren have a new album, 31313 coming on the 13th. They always deliver some great tunes so I'll check it out for sure. I don't like all the 13's though. 13 songs, the drummer's birthday is the 13th and it's a year and three months after their previous album. Silent Siren are nothing is not incredibly consistent, they have their own style, and they never really do much else, even that time they wrote an awesome song for PASSPO, but it works. Maybe one day they will change it up... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm0Vujr7sbg   

I reeeeeally underrated BiSH's "stereo future" from the end of last year. It's an excellent song, in fact one of their best songs. The strings are awesome and it's a real epic, the chorus is fantastic. Aina, Chiiti & Ayuni are the power trio, Ayuni really sounds great on it. I just love this song and this live video says it all. This is the best live performance clip I've seen of anything in recent times besides BAND-MAID. I'd buy the DVD if it wasn't an insane amount, I'll just wait till it's online. I've been watching BiSH concerts recently, their long but awesome. This clip shows how they've evolved as artists since the beginning, the music might not be quite as good but they are much better as performers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLo6WJ4y_Vc     

I think 2019 will be a 90% J-Pop year for my music listening.   
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2019, 09:46:07 PM »
Silent Siren, 31313   

The cutest and softest sounding J-Rock band returns with a 13 track album. The band hit their stride with 2016's S, sounding more solid and developed in their sound. 2017's Girls Power had great songs like "Fujiyama Disco" but it was a bit dull by the end. "Mujuuryoku Dance" is awesome, great keyboard parts. "ALC.Monster" is a different song. It rocks really hard but has robotic vocals by...I have no idea who did the main vocal, it doesn't sound like Suu. "Tenkaippin no Theme" is really fun. "Sotsugyou" I loved right away from the intro and it only got better. From verse 1 I was like, okay this is the best song. Yukarun does a small piano part instead of he normal keyboards and it sounds great over the driving music, especially with the quiet acoustic backing. Man this song is excellent, their best one since "alarm" I think! "19 summer note." rocks, actually this is Silent Siren's most Rock album. They've always made fast driving music, but it's songs like this and "Attack", with Ainyan laying down some pretty ripping slap bass, that make me go, damn. Silent Siren can play, and they get better everytime. This is their best album yet. But um, "Happy Song For You" with it's Happy Birthday bit is um...well it's a fun song besides that part.

I'm mostly impressed, I didn't expect 31313 to be this good. For sure one to order on CDJapan, along with the peggies' Hell Like Heaven which is a good companion to this album. 

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=798yCee_6mA   
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Re: 2019 In Music
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2019, 01:02:17 PM »
BiS "Are You Ready"....unbelievable. You really gotta see/hear all of this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCQKAXoenBU

I haven't cared for this new BiS without Pour Lui, even original BiS I'm a bigger fan of the videos/idea than the songs. I've seen some of the new BiS videos and stuff and it's all been meh, but this video is on a different level. First off all this is basically the first Idol-Prog song I've ever heard. 11:24 minutes and a clear tribute to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the intro and quick jumps in the song. It's the song and video that make this...modern art. I got goosebumps at the end of this video, it's the old BiS spirit carried on. This is a really fantastic video and, it's one to just watch it attentively and go, wow.   

Rei Kuromiya, formerly in Ladybaby, has a new video for her cool straight on Rock band BRATS. Her voice is awesome! Really cool song as well! I didn't realize they released an album last year...this is a good track! Rei has a Rock voice, she's better cut to front a band like this than be an idol.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLqr1Y5QJuE

and Scandal! Damn! Excellent new song "Masterpiece". That heavy groove! The intro is awesome, and it has that classic Scandal touch. How often does a band stick around for over a decade and make their best music this far into their career? Not often. This is really cool!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-qVp94jB1o 

Maison Book Girl are one of the more unique Alt Idol groups that I haven't given a fair chance yet. This new song "Automata" is fricking great. They have a very defined sound and style, and this is another great song in it.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMaRQiYIez0
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