WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA - Galapagos

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qPSHOTzidw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOqkqOY2E44
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC3sHcS0VLc

ufo, Sunday, 1 April 2018 14:53 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

album is out and dope as heck!

Simon H., Friday, 29 June 2018 13:21 (four years 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_epnF4YjQo

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 (four years ago) link

https://galapagos-japan.tokyo/en/

they released official lyric translations here & track commentary here, nice to see

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyF2MRWNoas

and here's a live performance of The Bamboo Princess with a full orchestra, really beautiful

ufo, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:34 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWI-VukpyTk

!!!

ufo, Friday, 3 August 2018 05:01 (four years ago) link

omg yessssssssss

Roz, Friday, 3 August 2018 06:34 (four years ago) link

Awesome.

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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

this band is GREAT.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 26 October 2018 15:38 (three years ago) link

best pop band in the world!!!

still love this album so much

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:41 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jFtNOPhJvY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9oBVKqID7g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEGjoWVJKNk

they also have the absolute best music videos around

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:53 (three years ago) link

have they played outside of Japan + immediate neighbours?

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 26 October 2018 16:17 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMrBunWgwBM

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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBde4wUtkHQ

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZfMQ-ydw28

Rinne Yoshida - "Mu" is fun dance-pop even though it feels very by-the-numbers for Hidefumi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxlEd_RDl8Q

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 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I don't quite get this band or their trajectory but yakushima treasure is lovely

ogmor, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 12:20 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Oorutaichi is a real trip. I get this song (??) in my head a lot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ap4iOlbrkk

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 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEPgsDaM4Q0

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 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRwHZ0nsbBY

kanano senritsu - "drop"

while wednesday campanella are on hiatus, their producer has gotten really into footwork and has been writing & producing for a lot of other pop artists

ufo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:30 (one year ago) link

Thanks. I was blaring SUPERMAN the other day and wondered what they were up to. Turned up this

https://www.reddit.com/r/japanesemusic/comments/krraqn/kom_i_of_suiyoubi_no_campanella_wednesday/

Treasure only involved Kom_i?

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 12:35 (one year ago) link

they haven't officially split like that reddit post claims, the twitter post linked there is just about kom_i getting new management separate from the group's management, someone just read too much into that. they are on hiatus at the moment though & it's unclear if or when they'll ever put out new material

yakushima treasure didn't involve kenmochi, yeah. it was all produced by oorutaichi, who worked on one track on galapagos too.

ufo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:00 (one year ago) link

as far as what kom_i has been up to lately, she's done a bunch of performances with experimental percussionist olaibi, who's worked a lot with yoshimi from boredoms in the past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75QRGczUjiQ

ufo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:07 (one year ago) link

huh, interesting. I liked that yakushima treasure record. I'd be up for more of that.

that new footwork track ain't bad but I have to say that none of the post-campanella xiangyu stuff has done all that much for me. it's fine but I don't really go back to it and played those first few campanella records obsessively.

this remix has a little of the old magic tho:
https://haretokidoki.bandcamp.com/track/remix-5

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:05 (one year ago) link

'Drop' is cool and I think it might grow on me, but I wish it was a little more "full speed ahead", if you know what I mean?

Sampled a little of the kom_i & olaibi performance and I like it a lot, will definitely go back to that.

emil.y, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 13:41 (one year ago) link

yeah, i loved that. thanks for sharing it!

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 20:27 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

KOM_I is officially leaving Wed Camp, to be replaced by Utaha (who appears to be a street fashion model): https://www.instagram.com/utaha.89/

would be interesting to see where WC goes from here and of course, what KOM_I will be up to next

Roz, Monday, 6 September 2021 03:43 (eleven months ago) link

a shame but looking forward to what they both do in the future

kom_i wasn't usually too involved in the music but she was an incredible performer and really brought a lot to the table there, so i hope her replacement can keep up in that regard.

ufo, Monday, 6 September 2021 04:14 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

i guess it was another thread where we mentioned the new album, "Neon".

It's great, and top to bottom I think their best yet!

"Edison" has blown up on TikTok apparently. 15 million youtube plays!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tOIjOPZ5sA

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 29 July 2022 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

yeah it was in the jpop thread

it's solid but not as exciting as wedcamp 1.0 at their best, it's a bit wedcamp by numbers but that's still very good

ufo, Friday, 29 July 2022 23:24 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, I can't help but miss KOM_I and their distinctive early sound but it's still pretty cool

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Saturday, 30 July 2022 17:48 (two weeks ago) link


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