I To U $creaming!! – Parfait.

I To U $creaming

Listen to Parfait., the new mini-album of the self-produced idol duo I To U $creaming!! where rock meets creativity.

I’m always happy to spend some good words about I To U $creaming!!; the self-produced idol duo has been previously featured on this website thanks to their first ep Gloire, and now they are back with another mini-album titled Parfait., which we are going to analyze now. Even if I didn’t know the group, I believe I would have been attracted by the lovely anime-styled cover art; however, as someone who already fell in love with them, the main reasons to appreciate this release are the creativity and the quality of their rock-oriented idol sound.

Despite being quite open-minded with their music, I To U $creaming!! are not afraid to create simple and straightforward songs as well, and it’s a good thing since they always manage to sound enjoyable: just think of the dreamlike and very idol-ish sweetness of “Eternal Snow”, where crystal-clear piano notes and soft strings in the background meet with the two girls’ emotional vocals. The same piano and strings combination, however, will give you different vibes in the first track “Boronia”, which starts off with a more dramatic atmosphere; don’t be scared though, because the sound will soon get more idol-ish, albeit with a refined and sometimes almost epic edge and some vaguely neo-classical hints here and there.

Even a song like “dramatic anthem”, which all in all sounds like your average pop-rock tune, turns out to be enriched by lots of details in every aspect, from the dynamic guitars to the intriguing basslines, from the never too intrusive piano to the always fitting drums, not to mention the usual good job of the vocalists. “Rain” also starts from the same concept, but brings it to the extreme and goes more in depth with the experimentations, especially through comples rhythms and some jazzy parts with a walking bass in the background.

Where the groups totally shines, at least in my opinion, is the song they also chose for their most recent MV, which was featured in our Top 10 of August in a very high position. “float” simply delves into the post-rock realm, following the usual pattern of starting off quiet just to explode into a burst of emotions and walls of guitars. It may be less experimental than “Rain” or less bizarre than “Boronia”, but when it comes to the feeling of the music, this one wins hands down.

Altough I have always enjoyed them, I To U $creaming!! keep getting better with every release; they are being very consistent quality-wise, which is a very good sign for their future. So, what you need to do now is to go and enjoy this Parfait: I can assure it will be the most delicious one you’ve ever tried.


CHIKA RADAR #29: 負け犬とクズ (Makeinu To Kuzu / Losing dog Waste)

CHIKA RADAR #29: 負け犬とクズ (Makeinu To Kuzu / Losing dog Waste)

Today on Chika Radar we are going to discover 負け犬とクズ, or Losing dog Waste; a recently born group for fans of dark and metal idols.

When it comes to bizarre names, idol groups are often an interesting category to look at. I mean, who else would think that Losing dog Waste is a good name, if not a Japanese idol unit? Maybe a grindcore band, but let’s ignore that for now. In any case, the group’s original name is 負け犬とクズ (Makeinu To Kuzu) and they’re not really punk-ish, although their music is still quite heavy.

Makeinu To Kuzu was born this year and their line-up currently includes five members:

After their debut which happened last August, Makeinu To Kuzu recently released their first singles, which you can find below.

The first one is called “Illusion Requiem” and it gives symphonic metal vibes right from the beginning, featuring choir-like vocals, church organs and a neoclassical solo. Despite the dark and atmospheric elements, the song brings some heaviness with powerful guitar riffs and some growls here and there.

Lately, the group released another singles called “HANGEKI KATARUSISU”, which sounds more idol-ish (especially during the chorus) than the previous one, while also keeping the rock-metal elements; this one also seems less gothic-symphonic, except for the slightly creepy waltz-rhythmed parts.

From these first releases, we can say that Makeinu To Kuzu doesn’t sound that bad. In my opinion, “Illusion Requiem” has a better and more insteresting sound, although “HANGEKI KATARUSISU” is quite enjoyable as well. Their aesthetics seems to suggest that they may lean more towards gothic-oriented music, and I personally hope they’ll do that in the future.

HO6LA – Pirikarira

HO6LA

A new challenger approaches… Meet the newest Ichigo Rinahamu unit HO6LA through their debut EP Pirikarira!

For those out of the loop, Ichigo Rinahamu (previously known as Yokoyama Rina) has a pretty extensive idol and producing history under her belt. Previously part of BiS’ first generation and the iconic electronic group CY8ER (of which she was a member and producer), she also produced groups like DOPING BERRY and STRAWBERRY SYNDROME. She’s got her own solo DJ project, Hamrig, and sometimes releases solo music under the name rinahamu. Earlier this year, she put her producing goggles on once more when she announced she’d be forming another group, this time featuring fellow ex-WACK company idol Oosshouji Megumi, now known as Pan Luna Leafy, who was part of BiS’ second generation. After opening auditions and an extensive 24 hour training camp (a la WACK’s own audition process), five more members were selected: Wannyan Circuit DX! (formerly known as Miyagumi Shiou), Hachimitsu Umi (another ex-WACK idol, previously a member of PIGGs), Wazurai (formerly Himekuri Koyomi), Emiru (formerly Kanemoto/Kamimura Emiru) and Kusunoki Roa as leader; together, they are HO6LA, pronounced homura. They made their live debut September 21th and released their debut EP, Pirikarira, on October 26th. Let’s dig in!

The EP contains six tracks total, with three being full songs and the final three being instrumentals. “Pirikarira”, the title track, opens with a bouncy and happy electronic beat. Each member rotates through the verses up into the pre-chorus, diving into an explosively bubbly instrumental chorus section. Each girl has her own unique vocal color as well, which will help in time to tell who’s doing what. After a low-tempo second verse there’s a hard hitting drop section around the 1:55 mark that melts right into the bright and cheery sound from before. The chorus is fun and the beat ends up being quite the earworm after a while. Overall, it’s a solid introduction for what’s to come and an effective great EP opener.

“Tokyo My Way” opens with the strumming of zither, punchy drum beats and bass, signaling a vibe change from the last track. Though the chorus feels a little more subdued, the overall feeling of the song is a bit more aggressive from the last one in the vocal delivery and tempo — the heavy bass throughout really drives this feeling home. It feels like the kind of song that’s absolutely meant to be played in clubs and at live shows, just waiting for the audience to feel the beat in their bones. Over the course of my listening, I found myself nodding my head to this one a lot, so it’s definitely going down as a favorite.

“Time Capsule Girl” is the final track. It opens with the sounds of someone winding up and playing a music box into a sweet dream pop-like melody. The EDM vibes soon take over for the chorus (which all follow a similar pattern throughout the three songs), reminding me a bit of Shawn Wasabi’s works. This track feels like a mixture of the first two: the cute, dreamy elements of Pirikarira and the traditional instrumentation of Tokyo My Way coming together to wrap up the EP in a nice little bow. The vocal delivery is consistent with great bits of harmonization here and there. The same music box that opened the track also makes its way back to close everything out.

Pirikarira is a fun journey into HO6LA‘s world as a display of sparkling EDM pop. As the year comes to a close and the weather gets colder this is a quick listen to get you right and warmed up, looking forward to the feeling of spring and summer.


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