July 5, 2013
BiS (Brand-new Idol Society) are a Japanese pop group who are maybe even more baffling and awesome than Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Originally formed by singer Pour Lui, who gave up her solo career to start a group, they created some controversy in Japan in 2011 when they released the video “My Ixxx,” in which they appeared to be running around in the woods naked:
They started out independent, but quickly signed with Avex, one of the biggest Japanese labels, and later released the clip “Mura-Mura,” in which they appeared wearing bald-head wigs, performing as a ska-punk band:
And now they’ve gone one step further, forming the side project Biskaidan, a collaboration with Japanese noise legends Hijokaidan. Here’s their latest video, the title of which translates to “Matter of Taste Love,” or so Google says. (Apparently, it’s a cover of a song by Japanese avant-pop cult heroine Jun Togawa; check out the original.) Note the nod to Hanatarash‘s famous drive-construction-equipment-through-the-club performance at the beginning of the clip:
The self-titled Biskaidan album will be released on vinyl July 31 and on CD August 7. Only in Japan of course. Cover art (CD version) below:
May 25, 2012
Frequent readers of this site will know we love Japanese teenage fashion blogger turned pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Even if her more recent work hasn’t lived up to the hallucinatory brilliance of her first single “Ponponpon,” she’s still a hilarious burst of radiant energy who’s always worth paying attention to. Which is why we’re presenting these two live clips from a recent performance at Club Quattro in Japan.
Here’s “Kyary An-An”:
And here’s “Ponponpon”:
She’ll be on tour in Japan from June 2 to June 29; no U.S. dates have been announced, unfortunately.
December 9, 2011
Teenaged fashion blogger turned J-pop idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who I first wrote about back in July, has a new single and video out. It’s called “Tsukematsukeru,” and here’s the video:
Like her first single “Ponponpon” (and, indeed, her entire Moshi Moshi Harajuku EP), it was written and produced by Yasutaka Nakata of capsule and Perfume fame. It comes from her full-length debut album, which will be released next week. “Tsukematsukeru” is about false eyelashes, and is apparently tied to a line of KPP-branded lashes; see below:
As far as the song and video go, I don’t love either. The song’s a little too simplistic and kiddie-show for me, though I suspect that’s a large part of Kyary’s thing—she seems like she’s ideally suited to appeal to little girls, and this is a song they could learn and sing pretty much instantly. But at the same time, her thin, childish voice wouldn’t really mesh well with the kind of harsh track Nakata creates for capsule; it would just seem creepy and fetishistic, and lose a lot of the innocence that’s crucial to Kyary’s whole image. The video isn’t as eye-searing as the one for “Ponponpon,” either, and seems like it was put together rather quickly. They plopped her on a chair, put two dudes in lion costumes up front to uprock, and voila! A video! I do like the dress made out of what look like snack-chip packets that she wears in the clip’s second half, though. That’s just random enough to be awesome.
I don’t know if I’m gonna review the full album or not. The EP was just OK. In fact, five months later, I have no memory of what it sounded like. It’s (hell, Kyary’s) pretty much the definition of disposable, short-shelf-life pop product—momentarily diverting but utterly forgettable.