J-music on April 8th, 2012 12:31 by Henkka
Tags: cymbals, twinklestars
That is a disgusting post title.
I’m sure all you idol loving types are aware of the group Sakura Gakuin. I’ve mentioned them once or twice on my blog — BABYMETAL is one of their sub-groups — but other than that, I don’t think much of them. Same old story, lacking songwriting quality and all that jazz I always babble on about. However, they have another sub-group where I find they do not have that problem.
I’d like you to meet Twinklestars.
That to me is simple earcandy in it’s purest form. Perfection. After I heard that, I naturally checked to see if they’d released anything more, and indeed they had. Two more songs.
It was just as I’d guessed: all three songs are perfection. Who knew that a marriage of idol pop and good old Shibuya-kei could result in something this sweet?
However, they’d only released three songs at this point. Perfect as they may be, three songs won’t keep one busy for very long. But I mean, what is there to do but wait for more, right? So I waited and waited, and finally last month when Sakura Gakuin released a new album, Twinklestars’ fourth song was featured. Though I was anxiously looking forward to it, when I finally got to listen to it… you knew it: I thought it was bad. I know, I know, damn me and my high expectations, right? But seriously, gone was all the Shibuya-kei flavor, or anything else worthwhile. “This sounds like any other Sakura Gakuin song!“, I thought. (Why am I writing this post like it’s a shitty book?)
In any case, that was that. I was left with a sour taste in my mouth. Three songs full of such promise, but it wasn’t meant to last. However! Wait! Don’t go yet! This post has a happy ending!
So the key was thinking to myself, “Why is it just these three songs?! What makes them so special?! I want more of this!” That made me do what I should’ve just done in the first place: check the songwriting credit. For all three songs, it was a guy called Okii Reiji. Quick Wikipedia check tells me he was in a Shibuya-kei band called Cymbals. Alright, let’s do a quick YouTube check. Not like I have anything to lose.
Holy shit. It is more of the same. More of the same musical perfection. And they have a full-ass-discography! See, call me silly, but I didn’t know Shibuya-kei could sound like this. I thought it was all the cutesy stuff. You know, Takako Minekawa and that sorta thing, which is fine in its own right. What I didn’t know is that it could be, like, cool, groovy, summery, catchy band stuff!
That is basically my story of the day. I told it for two reasons. Firstly, I just wanted to tell you about my love for Twinklestars (their first three songs anyway) and Cymbals. If you liked the Cymbals song above, do give their last release “anthology” a listen. Secondly, a request. If you know any other idol groups that do this sort of mix of idol pop and Shibuya-kei like Twinklestars do, or if you know any other bands that sound like Cymbals, could you please do this Finn a favor and let me know. You’d make my day.
Thank you for reading.