new album out June 27
I'm very excited for this as Superman last year was excellent and the singles released so far are all great. I don't know how they manage to be so prolific and consistent, certainly one of my favourite pop groups in the world right now.
― ufo, Sunday, 1 April 2018 14:53 (one year ago) link
album is out and dope as heck!
― Simon H., Friday, 29 June 2018 13:21 (one year ago) link
it's as great as always from them, certain to be one of my favourite releases this year. I love the more mellow direction they've gone in this time - very late summer night vibes, kinda balearic in places and ending with two gorgeous synth-drenched dream pop tracks
the latest single from it, The Bamboo Princess has a very Bjork-esque sound with its orchestration and beats and a great video too
― ufo, Friday, 29 June 2018 14:53 (one year ago) link
they released official lyric translations here & track commentary here, nice to see
and here's a live performance of The Bamboo Princess with a full orchestra, really beautiful
― ufo, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:34 (one year ago) link
I didn't realise we had a Wed Camp thread! Galapagos was not as immediate a listen as Superman was for me but it's still great - their sound is so varied yet so distinctively their own. "The Bamboo Princess" is so damn beautiful.
They've also done the score for the movie Neko wa Doku Mono, in which KOM_I plays a cat: https://open.spotify.com/album/6btY0OvITMAa9aV0EpfeC7?si=-JngavX4TO6eDDtQqktOeg
― Roz, Thursday, 26 July 2018 08:34 (one year ago) link
― ufo, Friday, 3 August 2018 05:01 (one year ago) link
― Roz, Friday, 3 August 2018 06:34 (one year ago) link
As for Galapagos, having two long, slow songs at the end was a bit unexpected but "The Sand Castle" in particular is quite lovely.
― Jeff W, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:28 (one year ago) link
Sounds like a great band! Can't wait to listen to all of their songs. There are 94.
The lead singer KOM_I is also on the new single by The Chvurches, "Out Of My Head" - https://youtu.be/4w9Zs_OfEgs
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 11 August 2018 21:27 (one year ago) link
this band is GREAT.
― Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 26 October 2018 15:38 (one year ago) link
best pop band in the world!!!
still love this album so much
― ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:41 (one year ago) link
they also have the absolute best music videos around
― ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:53 (one year ago) link
have they played outside of Japan + immediate neighbours?
― Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 26 October 2018 16:17 (one year ago) link
Totally. Too lazy to look it up rn but I have converted at least three people into Wed Camp fans just by showing them the "Jeanne D'Arc" video.
xpost they played SXSW a couple of years ago!
― Roz, Friday, 26 October 2018 16:20 (one year ago) link
they've been to the US a few times for SXSW and Tyler the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw festival (he's a big fan apparently), and played a few festivals in Europe, but that's all they've played outside of Asia i think
― ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 16:21 (one year ago) link
prolific as always, they released a new single last month that I'd missed up until now because it didn't get a video
it's more of a slow-build than they often go for but it's great once it gets going. the singer from yahyel's voice goes really well with KOM_I's too
― ufo, Sunday, 2 December 2018 15:59 (one year ago) link
European dates in the spring/summer!! whoop whoop. includes Primavera Barcelona, so praying for Primavera Porto as i'll be at that one
― Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:50 (one year ago) link
new EP Yakushima Treasure is out on April 4, there's a preview of a track here as part of a trailer for a documentary about its creation
Kenmochi Hidefumi, who's usually the group's main producer and writer isn't involved this time - instead Oorutaichi who produced and wrote "The Sand Castle" on Galapagos produced the entire record, and the track previewed is in a similar sort of vein to that.
Hidefumi has been producing some other artists in the meantime:
Rinne Yoshida - "Mu" is fun dance-pop even though it feels very by-the-numbers for Hidefumi
he's also working closely with xiangyu producing quite a few tracks for her and their work together feels pretty reminiscent of the earlier wedcamp sound, this track is "mycorrhizal fungi"
― ufo, Monday, 25 March 2019 07:17 (ten months ago) link
I don't quite get this band or their trajectory but yakushima treasure is lovely
― ogmor, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 12:20 (nine months ago) link
i like it a lot even though it's quite a departure from most of their previous work, but that's explained by Oorutaichi handling production duties this time
i expect they'll return to their usual more pop-oriented sound soon enough but i would happily take more of this avant-folk-with-beats-and-field-recording-ambience thing they've come up with this time. "east" and "yaku no jitsugetsubushi" are my favourites
― ufo, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:35 (nine months ago) link
Oorutaichi is a real trip. I get this song (??) in my head a lot
ultimately I always felt he'd be better as a producer than a solo artist, so I'm definitely down for this
― frogbs, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 14:42 (nine months ago) link
new track with Ryan Hemsworth and it sounds exactly like you'd expect that to, in a good way
― ufo, Thursday, 26 September 2019 03:24 (four months ago) link