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This week hasn’t been particularly rich in terms of physical releases, but at the same time, some well known faces surfaced again to bring vibes and sonorities highly missed in recent times.

Of course, the highlight of the week has been Utada Hikaru‘s comeback on the market, with two songs that brought back one of the most beautiful voices of Japanese music. While Hanataba wo Kimi ni  is a nice track that follows the classic Hikki pattern, Manatsu no Tooriame delivered feelings only Utada’s wonderful voice and interpretation can convey. Yep, I cried like a baby for the millionth time, exactly as happened when Sakura Nagashi dropped a few years ago. And by the way, she topped the iTunes chart just minutes after the tracks got released.

Another pleasant come back, even though with a much more contained impact (since, uhm, it’s not really a comeback) is Aira Mitsuki‘s third digital single since the end of her hiatus. Pretty much following the sound of the previously released tracks, Doctor A brings back that 2008 Techno-pop sound that, no matter what, I will always love. She can keep doing the same song over and over again, I wouldn’t mind. But it’s about time she announces a new album or something more consistent than single tracks released digitally.

Not a comeback, but definitely a more than welcome release, the new tricot song is just as good as you would expect. Setsuyakuka is a good showcase of the band’s talent in making Math Rock compositions accessible and enjoyable to anyone, and I can’t wait for the three girls to release their new KABUKU EP in a few weeks. Of course, you will find a review here on the release date, so be sure to stay tuned.

Well, that’s it for this week’s recap guys! I’ll review the new Tentenko record in the next days (if she doesn’t release three albums in the meantime) plus a few more impression articles are on the way as well. Oh, and of course, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new single is getting released on Wednesday, and I can’t wait to see if it’s as bad as everything she has done in the last two years (answer: probably yes).

Stay tuned guys! Take care.

– Alex

Tricot stroll around Europe and spread Math Rock goodness in “Setsuyakuka”

It’s always a good day when tricot unveil new music. The most remarkable skill of the all-female trio has always been its ability to make the complex layers of math rock accessible through a welcoming – almost pop-ish – approach, and the group’s new track Setsuyakuka is a great showcase of this refreshing style.

Premiered today through the group’s YouTube channel along with a new Music Video, Setsuyakuka brings the pleasant signature sound that made tricot one of the most interesting acts to follow in recent years: With melodic riffs and frantic drumming flowing progressively on a dynamic structure, every section gives a cohesive feel to the track, and Ikkyu’s vocals are always on point. It’s classic tricot, and it works great, especially for those who are taking the first step into the sound of this band, and of the vast Japanese Math Rock scene as well.

Setsuyakuka will be featured on the band’s upcoming KABUKU EP, set to be released on April 27th. You can be sure to find my review here on my blog on the release date.

Enjoy this new track above, and stay tuned for more!

– Alex