Hikaru Utada posted her new song Pink Blood three days ago, and it already has over 2 million views. It is the theme song to the excellent anime To Your Eternity, currently airing in Japan and streaming on Crunchyroll. In comparison, her song One Last Kiss was posted on March 8th, and is fast approaching the 36 million views mark. If you don’t already know who she is, you have a couple of decades of her world class music to catch up on.
NECRY TALKIE is an interesting band, sprawling across Art Rock and J-Pop, with a few J-Rock tracks in their collection. The live video from their new album (their second album, they are still just beginning!) has been released on April 28th, the album itself is coming out on May 19th. Tonight I figured I would share a few of their more recent songs, Frog Quest Ⅱ posted on April 9th, Orenitoccha zenbu ga KUSO ni omoeruyo (AKA Mikagi Wants To Go Home) posted on April 30th, and Kininatteiku from May 3rd, all from this year. Enjoy!
Polkadotstingray uploaded the song REM (extended name Lem meets Yogurina & Suntory natural water) this past Monday, and by Tuesday it had crossed the quarter million views range. This art rock band continues to create some amazing music.
There is a new track this week from the band SecondWall called Word, and it is every bit as good as you would expect. It looked lonely on the page by itself, so I am also reposting one of theit older songs, At the end of love, the cherry blossom dances. The band has been together since 2009 and got their major record deal in 2013, and seems to get better every year. Enjoy!
The Kobe band Fredrick has another opening to a popular Anime, Koi to Uso, in English: Love And Lies, a story of future Japan where the government selects your life partner with an eye to increasing the dwindling population. I haven’t seen the show yet, because I don’t have a subscription to the only streaming service I have found it on. But I do enjoy what they have done for the opening theme, Sad and Happy, the first track presented here. It was posted July 31st, and has well over 2 million views so far, and was released on their August 16th single. The other track is a live version of their song Only Wonder, recorded at Studio Coast 2017, and also part of their 2nd single. Japanese singles are a bit different than the ones in North America; this one has a total of 5 live tracks and 3 studio recordings.
Vivid Undress is a J-Pop band who just put out their 3rd mini-album, and the first song is I’m Not Menhera from that release, posted online on June 15th. The 2nd track, Urala, was posted on March 31st, while the third is Coelacanth Dance from mid-2016. These give you a place to start, but they have many more tunes worth checking out.