We all know about Midori, the four piece female-fronted punk band from Osaka, but many people don’t know that before Midori, there was Usagi.
Usagi (うさぎ) was formed by four friends from Osaka, Japan in 2001. During their small time together, Usagi appeared on the compilation It’s Something Beautiful with the songs “Wakare Uta” and “Natsu no Yohaku”. After performing around the Osaka area for a couple of years, they released their only mini-album Akemi-San to Midori-san which was released July 16, 2003 when Goto founded the group Midori. Just a few months later the band broke up.
Akemi-San to Midori-san has to be, in my honest opinion one of the best albums Mariko Goto has been a part of. Every track displays the foundation on which Midori grew on, but in it’s own sense it stands out by having very emotional tracks such as the final song, 夜光虫 (which translates to “Noctiluca”, the phosphorescent animalcule commonly known as the Sea Sparkle).
ミオソチス is the second song from Akemi-San to Midori-san and it will blow you away, listen for yourself.
Since it’s hard to find this album anywhere you can download it as well as Midori’s early demos HERE.
use your headphones/earphones while listening to this! ;D
for kiirochan, who is super cool and lovely and is one of the sweetest ladies around. i had a lot of help fixing the arrangements from waltzingbutterfly, who is also really amazing and generous with her knowledge. thank you! <3
A short-lived Rejuvenated Half-Face began in early 2004 and threw in the towel in 2008. Before doing so they managed to put out this simply AMAZING mini album “Ccmmgr” in 2006. Instrumentally they take an odd sort of attacking melodic math/post rock approach similar to Mass Of Fermenting Dregs.
Truly, the defining point for this band has to be guitarists Mai Karasawa’s vocals described as such: “She sings in a very clear and restrained tone, instead letting her breathing do most of the angry work. She seems to sing to the point of exhaustion, then letting her lungs shriek in more air. Her breathing/gasping adds tension and a sense of urgency. It’s almost an instrument in and of itself.”
"Bubbles" comes from a parallel universe where dinning tables are ping pong tables. In fact, ping pong tables are the only known type of tables that have been in production. Table tennis is part of the school curriculum and is the most popular sport in this quadrant of the galaxy. Water sports come second.
Yosi Horikawa is a music producer from Chiba, Japan and this incredible and lively track is from his EP Wandering, which was released one and a half years ago. It constitutes of 4 tracks in total, all experimental and highly vibrant and it costs only £1.50. - stereofox
Vanilla (translation) – Taken from their first EP, this is my favorite and will probably remain till they can come up with another track to outdo this. This is a mid-tempo track that began with just acoustic guitar (very nice melody and somewhat nostalgic) and Haruka’s vocal is crystal clear (like YUI’s). The subject of the song is a fragile one. She sings about being in a low point in her life when she compares herself to garbage/trash on the kitchen floor cold as death. To compare yourself to trash is really really sad. No matter how low I get in my life, as of yet, I haven’t even considered myself as pitiful as trash (just my thought). Then, she sings about how she mustn’t go crazy or break down no matter how lonely she is and that her old self which she refers to as ‘kudaranai’ or worthless/useless self but she wants to be able to forgive that. This song hits me in the guts in some ways because of the lyrics mainly. Haruka mentioned in an interview there was a period of time when she was at a low point in her life and she couldn’t bring herself to write music at all. Nothing came to her. I’m guessing this song might have been born from that experience. Then the track became something that gave her back confidence. Rating: 5/5 Perfect score. Nuff said. Oh and you gotta watch the video too. I hope they make more of these kind of song in the future. - from Ritsu no Haven