Boasting more of a dance-pop sound than most of what we’ve heard from the Japanese alternative’s biggest supergroup, METAFIVE’s “Musical Chairs” has been uploaded to YouTube in advance of their new album METAHALF. While the first METAFIVE album sounded closest to Cornelius’s solo work out of any of the high-profile musicians involved in the project, this one seems to be shaping up to bear more resemblance to a Yellow Magic Orchestra album; but, of course, we’ll just have to wait and see how the finished product turns out when it’s officially released tomorrow.
Negicco, Niigata prefecture’s pseudo Shibuya-kei alternative idol darlings, have a high-definition release upcoming, sure to please any videophiles out there. Coming out on November 29, their 13th-anniversary show “Road of Negiiiiii: Otodaima 2016 Summer at NHK Hall” (doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?) is getting the full Blu-ray treatment, although some may be disappointed to find out that there will not also be a DVD option available this time around. Either way, Negicco live shows are always a pleasure, and the increased audio/visual fidelity of the Blu-ray format should definitely appeal to some.
Multi-talented producer Keiichi Tomita’s latest collaboration-heavy album, Superfine drops November 30, and as a teaser his label has uploaded a lovely sampler of the diverse sounds on display. Boasting collaborations with hot talents such as alt-pop darlings Avec Avec, Suiyoubi no Campanella and Kirinji, Tomita’s iPhone contacts list is most certainly an enviable one.
And it’s one that’s been well-earned, too. Along with like-minded artists like Yasutaka Nakata, Shinichi Osawa, and naturally the Shibuya-kei scene, Tomita was instrumental in bringing a touch of worldly sophistication to Japanese pop in the late ’80s and has continued to be a strong presence, with an extensive production discography in addition to a long history under his “Tomita Lab” moniker.
Do you crave nice things? Is your life lacking in goodness? Sakanaction understands your trouble. New single “Tabun, Kaze.” seeks to remedy your ailments through the beautifully processed guitars, dance beats and driving synthesizers that the Hokkaido-based group made their name on. Most new music is horrendous and the world may indeed be going to hell, but one can dance in the flames to the sounds of Sakanaction.
Concluding a four-part look over the Capsule discography, guest writer Josh Anderson takes us from World of Fantasy right up to last year’s Wave Runner – thus, effectively, bringing the series right up to the present day.
Continuing with a look at one of Shibuya-kei’s most divisive figures – this blog earlier featured a post asking if his most famous group really counted as “Shibuya-kei” or not – Josh Anderson delves into Capsule’s commercial peak in the latter half of the ’00s in this installment of his guest series. Photo credit for this article, as with all of this series, goes to the “fuckyeahystk” tumblr – Anderson had included these credits for all earlier posts, but editorial decision had previously been to leave them out.
In part three of our series on Hideki Kaji, we wrap up with a look at how his solo career has weathered the ages and remained, by and large, completely unchanged. Is this a good or a bad thing, though? Read on for the Memories of Shibuya perspective…