(Note: review based on digital version from OTOTOY, which includes bonus tracks only available on disc in the 2-disc special edition. The single is also available in a vanilla version, on both CD and 7″ vinyl, and in another version which adds a bonus DVD that features the “Hikari no Spur” music video as well as a making-of feature for said clip. Memories of Shibuya tries to obtain the most complete version of any release to be reviewed, so album or single releases with bonus tracks will always be favoured.)
As the flagship group for Tower Records’ T-Palette label, Negicco has been instrumental in bringing Shibuya-kei sounds to the wasteland of “idol group” music ever since their debut on the label in 2011. Having performed songs composed by Shibuya-kei luminaries such as Cymbals’ Hiroyasu Yano, Pizzicato Five’s Yasuharu Konishi, and Asako Toki and HALCALI collaborator Gouta Nishidera in the past, this latest release finds them working with Original Love frontman (and former Pizzicato Five member) Takao Tajima.