SINGLES COLLECTION #1: MAMESHiBA No TAiGUN, #babababambi, Solaris In The Rain

SINGLES COLLECTION #1: MAMESHiBA No TAiGUN, #babababambi, Solaris In The Rain

Let’s take a look at the newest singles from three groups, released within this month: MAMESHiBA No TAiGUN, #babababambi, Solaris In The Rain.

Although it’s a rather new approach, I’ve really been feeling this singles roundup we’ve got going on as the idol world is always buzzing with new music to check out. This time with the help of Apple Music’s IDOL POP playlist, I managed to find some sparkly new singles from three groups for your consideration: MAMESHiBA No TAiGUN, one of the three WACK units signed under Avex; #babababambi, who’ve been putting in some serious work throughout the pandemic; and Solaris In The Rain, a brand new group that worked alongside Vocaloid P-123 for their most recent release. Let’s dig in!


First up is “KiNOU WA MODORANAi” from MAMESHiBA No TAiGUN, released on October 4th. The song opens quite dramatically with a chorus of chants from the members and a sweeping orchestral background, setting the stage for a more emotionally powerful tune. Alongside the girls singing with force and enthusiasm, it’s a very straightforward song expressing hope and cheerfulness with high flying string instruments and a little bit of guitar here and there. That simplicity helps in getting the job done. (Also note: This is not the track they worked on with Yuki Reysole, that’s slated for release in late November alongside her other WACK collabs).

#babababambi – Minority

The second is “Minority” from #babababambi, also released on the 4th. These girls debuted back in March of 2020 as a five piece band and have since acquired two new members. Despite their softer image this song is arguably the most aggressive track on here (literally had my eyes going wide as soon as I heard that intro). It begins with a flurry of piano notes and electric guitar that come together to make a dark atmosphere that bleeds into the verses. The choruses are a bit lighter and upbeat with the tinkling piano keys adding the right touch of beauty through it all. The section at the 2:00 mark is rife with strong vocal displays as the girls sing their hearts out; a quick change in sound at 2:32 and a key change for the final chorus at 2:54 all lead to an exhilarating end. I just might have to go back into the rest of their catalogue if they like to dabble in this type of sound.

Solaris In The Rain – I Think So, If Anything.

Our third and final single is “I Think So, If Anything.” by Solaris In The Rain, a five member group that worked alongside P-123 for this track (as a matter of fact, the original demo version is included in this release), released on the 12th. The song is light and airy with simple guitar riffing, drum, piano and the occasional plucking of strings throughout. The vocals are sweet and soft, the chorus is fun with it’s energetic pop rock influence, and much like our first single there’s no special twists or turns but just a relaxing, enjoyable tune. On the included demo track, the vocal synth Hifumi is featured.

That just about does it for our singles roundup! Also, please don’t think I’m being judgemental or harsh with describing songs as simple and to-the-point; though I’m a fan of more aggressive forms of music (idols included), I do feel that songs like these are fine as is and sometimes that musical simplicity is actually quite necessary. It’s a similar feeling I share with metal: we don’t all need to be playing eight stringed guitars and doing blast beats at 300bpm for something to be good. I’m looking forward to doing more of these single reviews since there’s a lot more out there to search for (and it’s fun keeping an eye out for releases between EP and album drops).

ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.) – Heavenlyheaven

ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.)

There is a Heaven with ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa.): the yamikawaii unit dropped two brand new songs amongst an intense touring cycle.

This past year, codomomental’s ZenbuKimiNoSeiDa. has been on quite the roll with the release of two albums (Q.E.D.Mono and Q.E.D.Bi), three singles that included solos from members Megumi and Yukinojou, and the massive Sicutie & Stupid tour (they just currently wrapped up day 45 of the tour cycle). To keep the fans even more well fed, they just released the double singles “Heavenlyheaven” and “Live Live Live” on October 6th, alongside a music video for the title. So how exactly do the new songs fare?

“Heavenlyheaven” opens with a funky bassline and piano notes, soon followed with Mei Yui Mei’s characteristic scream tone. The feeling in the verses is bouncy and fun, playing into the cutesy side of the group’s vocal ability before introducing shared screams in the pre chorus (if the music video serves me right, it’s Kasane and Megumi in the first pre chorus, then Mei Yui Mei and An in the second). The chorus is fun and upbeat, with every member singing together against the band accompaniment. Around 2:40 there’s an interesting, darker sounding interlude before jumping into a key change in the final chorus. The added visuals of the music video contribute to the trippy, fever dream feeling the song has, especially with the added special effects.

“Live Live Live”, the second song featured, has a heavier sound compared to the sweet air of the former. The ska-like style of the guitars in the verses are a fun touch, and the chilled out, slower spoken word sections of the pre choruses add to the song’s melancholic feelings. Compared to the first song, there’s no screaming involved for a good chunk of the song until you get to the drop in the bridge that takes a really sick metalcore dive alongside the girls’ lower range and Kotetsu’s characteristically higher, black metal-esque screams. Mei carries the harsh vocals to the end as they all come together to finish the final chorus for a climactic ending.

As a whole, the Heavenlyheaven single is another solid effort coming out of the Zenkimi camp. With all the treats they’ve been dropping lately, it seems like the yamikawaii titans are showing no signs of stopping any time soon either; I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming next!

CHIKA RADAR #27: 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End)

CHIKA RADAR #27: 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End)

On this new episode of Chika Radar we will get to know more about the metal idol group 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End).

Welcome back to your favorite idol-discovering column, IdolOnChaos’ Chika Radar! Idol groups still popping up during these hard times is a very good sign, and we can’t miss the chance to talk about them. Today we are going to find out more about a group we mentioned last week on this website thanks to the release of their first MV: Gensou Bad End.

The unit, which unveiled its members last July and then debuted in August, presents itself as a duo of dark-dressed blond girls holding a noose in their hands; I don’t want to make assumptions about them, but I’m quite sure that this is your average sugar-filled idol group. Sure, Akuma and Urara may be very cute, but that doesn’t mean that their music is as adorable as their looks.

Luckily, as I said before, they recently released their first MV for “Tōkyō Shōjo”, which allows us to clear up any (non-existing) doubt regarding their music. So let’s take a look at it.

And… surprise surprise: it’s a very metal-sounding song! Don’t tell me that’s what you expected, I’m not going to believe you.

I must say that the vocals of the verse remind me a lot of Wagamama Rakia’s “Rain”, except this one is definitely less refined and more straightforward, or more metal in other words; that aside, “Tōkyō Shōjo” is quite enjoyable, featuring some gloomy and calmer parts among the aggressive ones.

They also have another single called “Zettai Watashi Shugi” which you can listen below and a third one on their online store, so I guess they had a good start. Hopefully we are going to get lots of good music from them in the future!

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