Continuing on (several weeks later? hah! fashionably late) this trend of expanding your musical tastes, I thought it would be interesting to take a Daenjang spin on things as well. After all, someone as opinionated as I am could not possibly keep out of such an interesting conversation!

It’s true that people like what they like, but new and interesting acts are coming out everyday, to say nothing of the things that have already been released. So if you’re into something new… Try giving these a spin.

If you’re a fan of early Perfume and electro-pop

Faint⋆Star

The thing to note about this year, though, is that for once all the Perfume clones that have risen out of the ashes of the electro-trio’s success have finally hit a point where they have become less of a mass of clones as opposed to fantastic groups in their own right.Faint⋆Star is one of these.

I can’t even exactly explain how I discovered this group, other than to say that the cover seemed interesting and vaguely idol-esque, so I thought I’d give it a spin. Boy, was I rewarded for dipping into this group!

Their debut album is quite frankly a showcase of everything that is perfection about electro-pop. Pleasant melodies with a slight upbeat tone to them; wonderful use of autotune and various other audio engineering techniques to create that vaguely inhuman and yet warm color to all their songs. If you enjoy Yasutaka Nakata’s works, this is an absolute win.

If you’re a fan of Denpagumi.inc, Momoiro Clover Z, or other such related energetic acts

Moso Calibration

I will be frank: if there’s a type of group I am harshest on, it would have to be “sister” or “related” groups. Groups like Sandaime J-Soul Brothers, SKE48, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku and the like are all groups I tend to judge with an extremely skeptical eye, if only because part of their gimmick is to ride on someone else’s work (and therefore, a common way to make lots of short cuts and slack off).

Most of the time, this skepticism saves me a lot of effort. Groups like E-Girls or Generations end up having a lot of the faults of their “older brother/sister” groups, and so they end up not really being worth the time to hunt down all their songs. With Mocali, though, I was completely wrong. They took much of the energy from their related Dempagumi.inc and honed it into an otaku fierceness I didn’t realize that Dempa lacked in the first place. If you’re into highly energetic idol groups, look no further.