Release Date: May 5, 2010
- Kirari (Royal Mirrorball Mix)
- Kirari (Instrumental)
- Kirari Music Video
Tokyo Girls Style is Avex’s return to the teenage girl idol group party after a seven year absence. The members are Ayano Konishi, Miyu Yamabe, Hitomi Arai, Yuri Nakae, and Mei Shyoji. They are being marketed as the next big pop sensation & Kirari is their debut single. Does it live up to the hype or will this group be lost in the shuffle?
Well with the Avex machine behind them there’s at least a stamp of quality production behind their songs. Their sound reminds me a lot of the more dance/pop kind of songs that you would hear from Ongaku Gatas. That’s already a plus in my book. Kirari itself is a mid tempo track that has a nice piano driven funk swing to it.
The vocals were actually very nicely done. Tight harmonies, no bad or ear piercing notes. Although it sounds like more than one girl was singing the solo lines so I can’t really comment on whether one member stands out more than the others. Like it would matter, at this point I can’t tell them apart.
The b-side is a remix produced by Royal Mirrorball. A production outfit I have never heard of but I dig their groove. They take the essence of the song and add a light House touch to it. It’s really sweet to be honest & I think its better than the original version. I’m so glad Avex has reached out to remixers to do this kind of work.
There’s so few good remixes of idol groups in the traditional House style. I’ve been wanting H!P to do something like this for a long time but until then I can live with the kind folks at Avex giving me my fix.
I’m impressed with Kirari. I was expecting something totally different when I heard comparisons of this group to other recent teenage idol groups. I look forward to further Tokyo Girls Style releases.
Kirari (Single Only)