2021 Week #28

Jul 20, 2021

Day 37 of 100 Days to Offload

This Week’s Tunes by Playcount

Top Tracks

  1. Soko Kara Miteta by Michiko Mada (~)
  2. Sherlock by SHINee
  3. LUCIFER by SHINee
  4. 3 AM by HAIM
  5. THAT’S ON YOU! by REI AMI
  6. Sugar by MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS
  7. SKULL by Hitomi Takahashi
  8. Savage Good Boy by Japanese Breakfast
  9. TOO BLUE by 浅井健一&THE INTERCHANGE KILLS
  10. Scarlet by ART-SCHOOL

I didn’t listen to a lot of music this week. I was so distraught over losing Zuko and was a walking zombie.

I turned to SHINee. I remember listening to LUCIFER back in like 2010 when it first came out. I did not like it but for some reason I decided to give it another chance and I like it a lot more now. Same with Sherlock. I just like the “SHINee’s back” meme.

THAT’S ON YOU! and onward were songs that were just played once, due to Discovery Weekly or Release Radar. I do like this song. It’s a bit of a whiplash, switching up the beat a lot.

I have a lot of fondness for MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS although I struggle to name any of their songs. They’re a classic staple in Japanese shoegaze and I do enjoy their music. Sugar is a nice and mellow song.

TOO BLUE is a solid bluesy rock piece. Kenichi Asai has been making the rounds in the Japanese rock scene lately, reviving his project with singer Ua. He does have a great voice so I’m not complaining.

Lots of indie/alt-rock in my charts today. Scarlet is a classic sounding alt-rock song. A little underwhelming but still a nice song to listen to. Japan really hitting it out of the park with their rock scene lately.

Top Albums

  1. ビアリストックス by BIALYSTOCKS
  2. sympathy by Hitomi Takahashi
  3. Flying Microtonal Banana by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  4. Soko Kara Miteta by Michiko Mada (-3)
  5. LUCIFER by SHINee
  6. Sherlock by SHINee
  7. REAMP by Hitorie
  8. Keep Your Head Up by Djo
  9. 君のように生きれたら by 宇宙ネコ子
  10. Samidare by LITE

I put on BIALYSTOCKS’s self-titled album, ビアリストックス and really liked what I heard. Mellow rock. I don’t actually know what their genre is, haha.

Someone in a discord server I’m in recommended Flying Microtonal Banana and it is a jam. Very summery psychedlic rock vibes. As I’m writing this I’m hearing “Rattlesnake, rattlesnake” in my head as well as “Melting, melting, melting, melting.” The definition of earworms.

Samidare is an interesting instrumental math-rock-synth piece. I love math-rock. I don’t know what it is but Japan is brimming with great math-rock.

Universe Nekoko (or 宇宙ネコ子) is a shoegaze rock duo and I really like the vocals. But the riffs are what get me. I need to find shoegaze/math-rock groups with male vocals. I think the soft high vocals of a woman against math-rock is very suiting but male vocals would be a nice change of pace.

Top Artists

  1. BIALYSTOCKS
  2. SHINee
  3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (+2)
  4. TAEMIN (-3)
  5. Hitomi Takahashi
  6. Michiko Mada (-4)
  7. Zella Day
  8. Japanese Breakfast (-2)
  9. Djo
  10. Rage Against the Machine