Saturday, October 29, 2016

M3-38 News Part 3 (and probably the last one)

753. (Shimotsuki Haruka, Hiyama Nao) x Absolute Castaway (Nakae Mitsuki) - Cross Bouquet
A collaboration 2-CD album between the two circles. Disc 1 will contain original songs sung by Shimotsuki Haruka and Nakae Mitsuki. Disc 2 will have Haruka and Mitsuki covering each other's songs.

in the blue (Yamamo Maya) - イデアの森 -Forest of IDEA-
An ethnic symphonic original album from singer-songwriter Yamamo Maya. The main theme is forest. I remember liking their previous album merrow quite a bit, so I'll check this one out.

fumin. - fumin. compilation vol.3 "face"
I've been in the mood for some ambient lately, and I like this one.

Utanoha (Takanashi Mako) - The new Alice Syndrome
M3 would not be complete without an album or two about Alice in Wonderland. The term "New Alice Syndrome" is created by Mako, but Alice in Wonderland Syndrome does exist in real life.

Chocolate lolita (Ouri) - 愛憎ディストーション
Ouri has released several albums in the past, and this one will be her first solo single.

Cafe;Chiffon - noir/blanc
I haven't paid attention to this group in ages. Anyway, this will be their 5th single. Yuka of Lotus root orchestra is the vocalist.

Sugar Bunny* - Spookids
A light-hearted Halloween album from Mamyukka's Mameko.

binaria - diez
binaria's new album. I've already written about it in another post, but for completion's sake, I'll make a note of it here as well.

Monday, October 24, 2016

M3-38 News Part 2

Hatsuki Yura - ORGIA
Of the two Hatsuki Yura albums to be released, this is the heavier one. With gothic and marchen as the main theme.

SeifuuMeigetsu - Halloween of the Dead
Something more light-hearted and playful from Hatsuki Yura and Drop for this year's Halloween.

MISLIAR - 繚乱の華々と浮遊するファルファーラ
Under her new circle MISLIAR, Kokomi will be releasing her 2nd mini album, which ties in to her first mini album. FYI both mini albums feature live instruments.

At the Garret - 屋根裏美術館-West Wing- (Yaneura Bijutsukan -West Wing-)
At the Garret is a circle created by lyricist-songwriter Kiriya Jun. The circle hasn't released that many CDs so far, and this one will be their 4th CD. The prequel, Yaneura Bijutsukan -East Wing- was released at last year's spring M3. Participating vocalists include Coto, Akari and Yayoi.

Innocent Rogue - Romanesque
A classical album by Lily+ featuring operatic vocal and multitrack chorus. Guest vocalists include alico, Ryo (Ether) and el ma Riu.

airy bird - 三毛猫探偵と午前0時の時計台。
airy bird's 6th single is a "riddle solving fantastical vocal CD". It's the story of a tortoiseshell cat detective, a phantom thief and clockwork.

A little bit (Gotoh Haruki) - 路地裏ウタカタ通リ
The circle's 12th CD is set in a neon street at night. The cover art features a dog private detective and a cat lady. (I'm seeing a pattern here.)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

M3-38 News Part 1

Yup, it's that time of year again. M3-38 will take place on October 30th.

Mamyukka - 世界空想楽大系 (Sekai Kuusougaku Taikei; World Fantasmusica System)
Mamyukka's 1st ever best album (and 17th CD). The album contains 15 tracks in total: 12 previously released tracks, 2 re-recorded tracks, and 1 new track. The album will also include an 80-page guide book detailing all their past music releases, from Evilz right up to M3-37's Theatre Etoile.

MUSIRISCA (Yuria Miyazono) - Filou E.P.
Yuria's new EP previews 3 tracks that will appear in her upcoming album (to be released in 2017). The EP also includes a bonus track. The theme of the EP is a fragment about the forest of sorrow, woven with English words and multitrack chorus. FYI she also performed the vocal for one of the BGMs in this season's TV anime series Shuumatsu no Izetta.

SnowApple x I.L.C-Image Leaf Craft- x Tokkuri Kyuusu x FataMorgana - べつのせかい (Betsu no Sekai)
A collaboration between vocalist YuNa (FataMorgana), vocalist Kunii (Tokkuri Kyuusu), the circle SnowApple and composer Orikura Toshinori (I.L.C-Image Leaf Craft-).

Kurayami Yokocyo x Episodes & Melody x Kimi no Oto. - Like a Night Fish - 川底幻燈イメージアルバム (Kawazoko Gentou Image Album)
A bit of an odd duck, this album is an "image compilation CD" for Kurayami Yokocyo's self-published manga Kawazoko Gentou. The composers are Azell (Episodes & Melody), Mashima Cocoro (Kimi no Oto.) and a_hisa. Takizawa Ichiru sings one of the tracks. An ambient album with a very dreamy feeling to it.

Seardrop (Sennzai) - Arrêter le temps
Vocalist Sennzai's 1st solo album. I don't know much about her, but I like what I've heard of the crossfade demo.

Ether - 闇堕精霊譚
Ether has totally gone over to the high fantasy zone ever since they got Erumu Nagi as their vocalist. Anyway, their latest CD is a dark fantasy album told through battle symphonic rock, featuring female vocal and multitrack chorus in a make-up language.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Retrospective: Horror Game Songs

This is basically my "just for fun" post, seeing as this blog is kind of dead lately.

In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween, I thought I'll write about a few of my favourite horror-esque doujin game songs (and one commercial game song) for the occasion. Please note that some of the songs below are released commercially, so technically speaking they aren't doujin music. All the links provided below come from youtube. All rights belong to their respective owners.

Shikata Akiko - Akakakushi
From Shikata Akiko's "Inori no Kanata" single, "Akakakushi" is the opening theme of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashi no, a (non-horror) visual novel created by HaccaWorks*. The song evokes a town steeped in traditions, where the supernatural is just lurking around the corner -- and they are looking to lure away their chosen prey to their world.

Mitose Noriko - Crimson Sign
The ending theme of Team GrisGris' horror game Corpse Party BloodCovered. The full version of the song is included in Mitose Noriko's solo album, Centifolia ~Noriko Mitose Art Works Best~. A vaguely claustrophobic song, where the singer describes the horror she has seen and realises she is doomed to wander forever in the dark.

MELL - Sayonara wo Oshiete ~comment te dire adieu~
Unrelated to the doujin music scene, this song was produced by I've Sound and performed by one of their vocalists, MELL. This is the theme song for Craftwork's Sayonara wo Oshiete ~comment te dire adieu~, a game infamous for its eroguro content, mind screw and mentally disturbed protagonist. The song starts off relatively calm, but it's an unsettling kind of calm where the singer sings about imagery related to jumping off a building. And then things start to deteriorate...

Shikata Akiko - Kiniro no Chousou ~ Uruwashi no Bansan~
For something with a Gothic twist, this song is it. The Umineko series has many great songs, and this one is my favourite. From Shikata Akiko's Umineko no Naku Koro ni mini album, this song is a vocal rendition of "Kiniro no Chousou", one of many BGMs composed by Luck Ganriki for the Umineko series. Sung from the perspective of the Golden Witch, this song is like a banquet of the macabre.

The last one on the list isn't a horror-esque song, but its origin is from a doujin horror game.

Polo Rockers - In Paradiso feat. Shimotsuki Haruka
Back in 2012, doujin music circle Polo Rockers released Imitation, an album featuring rearrangement of the music from Ib, a free horror game created by kouri. Shimotsuki Haruka performs two vocal tracks for the album, and "In Paradiso" is one of them. "In Paradiso" is a vocal rearrangement of "傀儡道化", one of the original BGMs from the game. The song is sung from the perspective of Mary, a character whom the protagonist encounters in a labyrinthine gallery filled with creepy artwork and jump scare. Saying any more will probably spoil the game, so I'll stop here.

The English translation of Ib the game can be found here.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

binaria's 10th anniversary

C90 came and went without much fanfare, but I'm liking Annabel's new album slow light, slow glass. M3-38, which will take place on October 30th, should prove to be more lively.

binaria is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and they have been busy throughout the year. In August, they released their first major single, "Kami-iro Awase", which was used as the opening theme for the TV anime Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School ~Despair Arc~.

The group has announced that they will be releasing their new album diez at M3-38. They will also be releasing a "10th anniversary box", which will contain 10 discs in total. Nine of the discs will be remaster of their past releases, from their 1st mini album Alhaja right up to their latest maxi single "双子のダイアログ" (released in 2012). Their best album sonido will not be included in the boxset. The anniversary box will also include the new album diez. For more information, please visit binaria's website.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

M3-37 News: Final

Some last minute M3-37 news.

Queen of Wand - Justice Lily(幕間)~リンゴ人形の記憶
A special single to the upcoming final chapter of their three-part series.

753. (Shimotsuki Haruka & Hiyama Nao) - 永遠を灯すランジェ

The final Cd to 753.'s Lanjerd series. With guest vocalists Chata and mao.

siraph - siraph (mini album)
siraph - current mood vol.1 (single, only available at M3-37)
A new band consisting of Annabel (vocal), Hasuo Masayuki (keyboard), Terui Yoshimasa (guitar), Yamasaki Hideaki (bass), Yamashita Ken (drums) and yuma saito (VJ). The mini album will have a general release on May 18.

And it looks like binaria is going to release some new goods at M3-37 to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

M3-37 News: Pop and Others

This will be the last bit of M3-37 news for now.

Primary - Shutter Girl
The group's 14th album.

Chibicco Folk (Hoshina Yuko) - Alice Game

bassy - 本日ハ晴天カ?
Mini album from bassy, featuring weather as the theme. Participating vocalists include Yura Mari, Fukami Chie, Chikaraishi Yoshino and Chata.

b - 星を数える
Singer-songwriter b's solo album, though it's released through Diverse System. b had performed in at least one of Diverse System releases in the past.

Laqshe - 花揺らぎ、歌巡り
Laqshe's 1st full album contains both old songs and new songs.

Campanella (bermei.inazawa) - worldlink op.1
"The first of a collection of instrumental music made for being listened to outdoors". With Yura Mari on chorus.

Yousanbunko (Chikamori Kayako) - ちいさな蓄音劇場
A new album from Chikamori Kayako, who hasn't released anything in a while.

A little bit (Goto Haruki) - The Lisette Roux Antiques
Goto Haruki's 11th CD.

demi - 蛹の遂抗
I'm not familiar with this group, but I quite like the demo of their new single.

Shimamiya Etsuko to Nakama-tachi - えこバラ
Shimamiya Etsuko has been working as a vocal coach, and this album features several of her students and herself.

Lolita Neurosis - Lilie

In other news, binaria is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special page -- and no news yet on whether or not they'll release a new CD at M3-37.