The concluding portion of Memories of Shibuya‘s year in review deals with a very valid question – isn’t Shibuya-kei dead and gone, like the HMV in Shibuya (there’s a new one there now, but it’s not the same) and Cornelius albums that don’t sound like Otomo Yoshihide outtakes? Are any boys, in fact, still firing the tricot? What did that line even mean? Well, read on to find out! Except for that bit about “Boys, Fire the Tricot”, that song is still a mystery.
As Negicco said in their “Idol Bakari Kikanaide”, “normal people don’t buy things like CDs anymore” – so, naturally, CD sales in the present era are mostly accounted for by hardcore idol wotaku, with the “normals” either buying their music off iTunes or, more likely, hopping to their favourite torrent site to fly their pirate flag. As a consequence, most Shibuya-kei artists don’t bother releasing singles on physical media anymore, preferring instead to use videos to promote an album directly. However, there are still some groups that still release singles in the conventional sense, and here are our picks for the three best of these releases (there really weren’t many Shibuya-kei songs released as single CDs in 2014).
This was originally supposed to go up tomorrow, but as a Twitter-sharing faux pas led to a false promise of “the albums of the year” being made on the Memories of Shibuya account, we’re jumping the gun and bringing the album post to you ahead of schedule. Enjoy!
Welcome, one and all, to the first annual Memories of Shibuya year in review, where we take an opportunity to look back at what made the year worth celebrating (so, naturally, Shakkin Hensai Idol isn’t going to make the list). In part one we’re going to be covering the artists that got us the most excited this year, with part two focusing on albums, part three on the singles, and our four-part review will conclude with an editorial on the state of Shibuya-kei as we enter the new year. Enough preamble, though, let’s get this party started right!