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Monthly Listening: August 2023
This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from Barrier Reef, Peanuts Kun, Negicco and more
Hi! This is August’s Monthly Listening list, a quick rundown of new Japanese albums I checked out this month that I enjoyed. You can browse past Monthly Listenings in the archives.
Remember when I went to Anime Expo with a few friends back in July? Well, those very friends at Nante Japan invited me on a special podcast episode to chat all about our time there. We talked about the VTuber concerts we saw during that weekend, the stateside premiere of The First Slam Dunk, anison clubbing and more. I had a really fun weekend, and I hope that shows in the recording. You can listen to the podcast here.
There are some opinions on music-related things here and there in the podcast, but if you’re looking for strictly music from me, I am also here to supply. Here are the new releases I enjoyed during August, and you can check out my top 40 singles from the month in this Spotify playlist.
Until the Clouds Appear by Barrier Reef
indie rock / math rock | ► “aquascape”
Positive Violence by BBBBBBB
noise / hardcore | ► “SHIN GOD”
PER→CENT→AGE by CENT
pop / rock | ► “Kesshin”
moeemo by KOTONOHOUSE
electronic / pop | ► “Connect!!!” ft. Dr.Anon
i have a wing by LIL SOFT TENNIS
pop / hip hop | ► “i have a wing”
OACL by Local Visions & Yuka Nagase
electronic / pop | ► “Kiwotsukete!”
JUNE EP by Nagakumo
indie rock | ► “Sunday Eve”
Perfect Sense EP by Negicco
pop / idol | ► “Circle Game No Nakade”
Air Drop Boy by PeanutsKun
pop / electronic | ► “TwinTurbo”
Koe Dashite Ikoze!!! by SKE48 Team E
pop / idol | ► “Koe Dashite Ikoze!!!”
we are the tiva 2 by The tiva
indie rock | ► “winnie”
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