CHIKA RADAR #24: プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga)

CHIKA RADAR #24: プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga)

Today, our Chika Radar will tell us more about プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga), an idol unit inspired by psychedelic and raga rock.

Fans of psychedelic rock, get ready for the latest Chika Radar discovery: we are getting to know a new unit entirely based on this style, mixing modern idol elements with that half a century old sound.

プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga) is a group born last year whose concept revolves around the good old psychedelic/raga rock sound of the late Sixties and early Seventies; not the recent revivals, not the most accessible variants, but a quite experimental and yet still faithful take on the original sound, even sort of reproducing a similar sound quality.

The unit features five members:

  • にしざあ みずき (Nishizaa Mizuki)
  • 宵待 月 (Yoimachi Yue)
  • 降旗 嶺緒奈 (Furihata Reona)
  • 夏来 彩世 (Natsuki Ayase)
  • 宮本 煌 (Miyamoto Koh)

But let’s find out about their music: Psyche and Raga recently published visualizers on their YouTube channel for their first couple of singles, “タランチュラ” (Tarantula) and “Kiss my Shadow”.

As expected, the music is quite otherworldly: sudden tempo changes, unusual instruments coming out of nowhere and a generally weird atmosphere; at the same time, the most idol-ish aspect of this sound is the catchiness of the vocal lines. Both the tracks have their own quirks, like the dreamlike accordion in he first and the tribal rhythms in the latter.

Besides these visualizers, you can also find some live videos on their channel; I recommend you to take a look there, since this group seems really interesting.

Psyche and Raga are already searching members for the second generation; the audition process has already started and they aim to have the new members ready around March or April.



Rock idol group PeepSiLL! just released their first song; they are also holding their debut live show right before the end of the year.

Even though I’m always searching for unique and crazy stuff, I also enjoy more standard and catchy music every now and then. In fact, this time we’re going to discover a recently formed group which doesn’t try too hard to be the weirdest thing out there: so let’s give a warm welcome to the girls of PeepSiLL!.

This unit came up a few months ago introducing themselves as a four-members rock idol group, which says literally everything you should expect from them. Finally, after a not-so long wait, last week they released their debut song on their YouTube channel: here’s “S.S.S. (Stereotype Symbol Sacrifice)”.

As expected, it’s nothing more than a typical J-Rock song; but it’s a nice J-Rock song, which is why we’re talking about them. This is the kind of stuff you put in your alt-idol playlist because it sounds catchy and you’re always happy when it comes on shuffle, although you’re never actively searching for it. I’m not sure it’s really a positive thing to say, but whatever. They also have this simple and black-based aesthetics which I don’t dislike, mainly because it’s at least different from the usual over the top costumes.

Since we’re here, let’s introduce the four members of the group:

  • 愛洲 るな (Aisu Runa), the inevitable hikikomori of the group who loves ice cream (who doesn’t though?)
  • ​星宮 かな (Hoshimiya Kana), with her tomboy-ish look and some nice cosplay skills (check her out here)
  • 唸凛 あゔ (Unari Avu), who for some reason cried in front of Shibuya station and wants to reach 300 followers (you’re almost there, girl)
  • ​餅 ごはん (Mochi Gohan), whose goal is ti be on the news when she dies (hope you’re not there yet, girl)

PeepSiLL! are going to hold their debut live on the 27th of December, so let’s see what they’re going to do after that.

CHIKA RADAR #22: Antispell

CHIKA RADAR #22: Antispell

Let’s find out more about Antispell, a recently formed idol unit with gothic lolita aesthetics and an intense metal-rock sound.

Long time no see, Mr. Chika Radar. I guess you’re back to introduce some new group, right? Great, let’s see what you have in store for us. Antispell you say? Of course we heard of them, but let’s recap the info we have on this unit.

Antispell is a recently formed idol group featuring five members and gothic lolita aesthetics. Last Friday, they held their unveiling one man live through which they officially introduced themselves to the idol world, so let’s start by getting to know these girls:

  • 犬塚こち (Inuzuka Kochi), who has some interesting adventures with her dog
  • 教祖ひなの (Kyōso Hinano), the red guru of the unit
  • サノカナメ (Sano Kaname), which literally introduced herself with なむひjkjaj8はた「x²+(y-³√x²)²=1」^_^ and I totally agree
  • 月姫 ミカ (Tsukihime Mika), also known as the white warrior Babu-chan, whatever that means
  • 星屑ちる (Hoshikuzu Chiru), a cute loli who likes videogames and latest addition to the group

It seems that we have some fun girls here, despite the slightly dark theme of the group. What’s even better is that their music is equally cool.

Starting with the one for “ハイカラ・ガールズ・メルトアップ” (High Collar・Girls・Melt Up), Antispell released lyric videos last week which showed us that what they’re made of. The alternative metal sound filled with electronic elements gave me a very good first impression of their music: fast, powerful, intense, but also melodic and catchy.

The electronic influence gets even stronger in the second song they unveiled, featuring some EDM/pop elements here and there and romantic piano notes which find their place in this track.

Finally, their self-titled song shows a slightly softer side of the unit, going more towards a melodic idol rock sound; this lighter approach is not half bad, although I have to say that the most intense tracks are my favorites.

Antispell are going to hold their 解放の物語 (Kaihō No Monogatari) live on the 19th of December, but before that they will also be in Pop In Festival 2020 at the end of this month. Despite having just started, it looks like the group is doing quite well.

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