超電波バスターズ (Chō Denpa Busters) – Prototype

超電波バスターズ (Chō Denpa Busters)

Listen to Prototype, the denpa-filled first album of 超電波バスターズ (Chō Denpa Busters), who came from the Internet to save the world.

The world is in danger, apocalyptic scenarios unfold before our powerless eyes, humanity is doomed; what do we do? The answer is obvious: we evoke a group of idols who will surely save the world! Don’t be afraid, the cyber-girls of 超電波バスターズ (Chō Denpa Busters) are here!

…but before they proceed to defeat whatever is threatening planet Earth, let me just say that their website melted my eyes; if they are going to save the world, they better have a cure for my eyesight as well. Jokes aside, these fives girls who came from the Internet released their debut album Prototype last Saturday, so let’s take the chance to know what this unit is about.

First of all, keep in mind that this album has been recorded with the three original members メアノン (Meanon), パニャ メルト (Panya Melt) and エクストリーム・ミユタム (Extreme Miyutam) and it was released to celebrate the 300 retweets target they recently reached; a CD version including the new members, ツキノ・リリカル (Tsukino Lyrical) and ナノ・ミュータント (Nano Mutant), will be released aound July.

Now let’s get to the music. As you would have never imagined by reading their name, Chō Denpa Busters‘ music is totally denpa, there is no better way to describe it. The songs included in this album range from a sugar-filled, happy-sounding electronic style to a light-hearted pop/rock sound. Nothing really unique and surely not the best example of the genre, but a decent attempt, coming from a young idol unit. Both styles have their ups and downs, but the album is enjoyable enough to make me put most of my complaints aside.

The pop/rock-oriented songs seem to work better, mainly thanks to some simple yet nice instrumentals, as shown in the simple yet very nice “良質アップデート” (Ryōshitsu Update) and “Plastic City”; “電子の飴” (Denshi No Ame) and “超電波の法則” (Chō Denpa No Hōsoku) bring in some jazzy undertones here and there, which make the listening more interesting.

On the other hand, the electronic-oriented songs draw equally from EDM, future bass and denpa music, mixing elements of these genres together. From the intense and cat-themed “ニャンだフルライフ” (Nyandahururaihu) to the awesome hook & bassline combo in “ソウルフードパーティ” (Soul Food Party), not to mention the weird evolution in the middle of “ググるnight” (Guguru Night), there is no time to rest with Chō Denpa Busters. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the album is introduced by a purely chiptune song, which made the retro-gamer inside me happy; so expect some 8-bit sounds here and there too.

However, to be completely honest, there is some room for improvement here; the vocals especially, while not terrible, can do a lot more than this, to bring more of that crazy and happy feeling typical of denpa music. Some of the instrumentals would need to be worked on too, to make the songs memorable and less predictable. In any case, it’s not like the album is bad; we can accept this kind of issues on a debut release of an underground unit.

You can listen to Prototype below or on your favorite music streaming service.