Artist Spotlight: capsule

Artist Spotlight: Capsule (week four)

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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.

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Artist Spotlight: Capsule (week three)

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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.

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Artist Spotlight: Capsule (week one)

 

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Every so often, Memories of Shibuya lets an outside writer do a guest series for the blog’s Artist Spotlight articles; this one comes from reader Josh Anderson, a long-time J-music buff and apparent Capsule superfan. Often one of the most divisive figures in Shibuya-kei, Yasutaka Nakata is still nevertheless one of the most popular names in the genre, and it is a pleasure to present a guest series from someone so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this polarizing figure.

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capsule’s “Another World” music video online

Warmed up to EDM capsule yet? Don’t worry, we haven’t either – but that’s not about to stop us from thinking this video is pretty nifty. Featuring Japanese model YURA decked out in a capsule-themed race queen outfit, the video portrays a race between three UAV drones in an abandoned factory or warehouse of some sort – the video-game influence is almost too obvious to note, but consider it noted anyways. Seeing as WAVE RUNNER itself won’t be bundled with a DVD, it seems most likely that the singles from the album will be featuring music videos in the deluxe CD+DVD format favoured by Japanese record labels – unless, of course, unBORDE is saving them for a future music-video collection release.

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Single review: capsule – FEEL AGAIN

The first single from capsule’s upcoming WAVE RUNNER, “FEEL AGAIN,” finds capsule entering a new arena, trying to capture the zeitgeist with a healthy dose of trendy EDM sounds. It’s not Shibuya-kei by any means, but we’re covering it due to producer Yasutaka Nakata’s pedigree – which is discussed at length in the review. Check it out!

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New song and “Mega Mix Movie” from capsule

Excited for the new capsule album? Well, Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima have just the thing for you – “Feel Again,” the first single off their 2015 album WAVE RUNNER, has been made available on iTunes, and the promotional video above features a mixture of “Feel Again” and three other tracks. The EDM sound of these new selections may be the final nail in the coffin for many former capsule fans, the ultimate indication that Nakata’s too far gone and that his once seemingly boundless ambition has been reduced to “wanting to be the Japanese David Guetta.” Anyone with such thoughts wouldn’t exactly be wrong, and there’s absolutely no way anything that sounds even remotely like this would be featured on this blog if Nakata was anyone else, but as CAPS LOCK found him harking back to his Shibuya-kei roots even on the album’s sole single “CONTROL,” there’s nothing to say that deep cuts from WAVE RUNNER won’t hold any similar surprises. There’s nothing to say that they will, either, but hope does indeed spring eternal.

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