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New lyric video from pertorika

One of the highlights of the group’s second mini album, 2014’s enterium, pertorika’s funk/jazz number “R134” got the “lyric video” treatment recently. Coupling the band’s signature “all-in-one-pop” with some gorgeous footage of late-night city driving, the clip is far more visually-focused than most lyric videos (which tend to be focused on typography more than anything else), and of course it doesn’t hurt at all that the song itself is fantastic.

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The Shibuya-kei Year in Review, part four: what was Shibuya-kei in 2014?

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.

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Album review: pertorika – You’re Not Alone EP

Released earlier this month, pertorika’s You’re Not Alone EP represents many changes for the still-young band. As their first release to benefit from SPACE SHOWER MUSIC‘s distribution, their first album on indie label KOGA Records, and their first holiday-themed release, the group was entering new territory in more ways than one. As You’re Not Alone EP brought with it wider exposure than pertorika had ever seen before, how did the band fare?

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Indie Spotlight: pertorika

As Memories of Shibuya Artist Spotlights are arbitrarily limited to 4 highlighted songs, yet some months (this November among them) have 5 Saturdays, the question was “how to fill that final spot?” – but there’s no reason to wonder any longer, because the answer is here: Memories of Shibuya’s Indie Spotlight! When an artist’s monthly spotlight has run its course and the month still has a week to spare, we’ll be taking a look at an up-and-coming indie group from Japan. This month’s highlighted group has already been written about on this blog before, but the talented men and woman that make up pertorika are as fine a choice as any for our first Indie Spotlight.

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News from BILLIE IDLE® and pertorika

Although still yet to release any music, NIGO® and former BiS members Nozomi Hirano and First Summer Uika’s new group BILLIE IDLE® has nevertheless been making the rounds in the press. While bandmate Uika has a photo set in the iOS app POKER FACE (suitably odd Youtube promo featured above), Nozomi will be featured in the second issue of Shinko Music’s IDOL AND READ magazine – which also features members of Tower Records’ groups Up Up Girls and Negicco, for extra relevance.

For those whose tastes favour the refined “city-pop” of indie band pertorika, the group’s upcoming You’re Not Alone EP now has a T-shirt bundle available; you can get the new EP and a shirt with the band’s logo and an acoustic guitar graphic together if you feel so inclined.

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pertorika’s “You’re Not Alone EP” teaser released

Tokyo-based indie band pertorika have a new EP coming out December 3, and they’ve been rolling out the promo materials as the release date draws ever closer. This teaser begins with some behind-the-scenes footage before going into short previews of each song on the EP, all showing a band that seems to be having a lot of fun making music. Sakanaction’s Ichirou Yamaguchi is a noted pertorika fan, and it’s easy to see why; without sounding too derivative, pertorika’s sound definitely recalls the other band’s work. We’ll have more updates as news comes up, as well as a review of the EP when it comes out.

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