Monthly Listening: January 2023
This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from Ayano Kaneko, Subway Daydream, SARI and more
Hi! This is January’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.
Before we officially begin another new year listening to new releases, let me take the time here to list off the some of the leftovers from 2022 that I also enjoyed catching up with this past month: Akari Kito’s Luminous, Ayami Muto’s glitter beat EP, Ryoji Ikeda’s ultratronics, sassya-’s Not the End, Sayonara Ponytail’s All Night Thing, Seiko Oomori’s Chotengoku and tricot’s Fudeki.
You can check out January’s Spotify playlist of the top 40 new singles from this month down below or from this link here.
Here are the new releases that I enjoyed this month:
Bias-Blur by akugi
electronic / idol | ► “WEEK END” ft. Lustmary
Towelket Wa Odayaka Na by Ayano Kaneko
indie rock / folk | ► “Watashitach-e”
ROUND & ROUND EP by The Grateful a MogAAAz
glam rock / idol | ► “ROUD & ROUND”
split by HAERERE / herside
post-hardcore | ► “Ghost Town” by HAERERE
solitary by Kanano Senritsu
electro-pop | ► “moist”
Kessoku Band by Kessoku Band
power pop / anime | ► “Wasureteyaranai”
Eitaisuru Kemuri by Ohzora Kimishima
folk / pop | ► “Sekai Wa Koko De Mawaruyo”
monuments by poetry of torch
hardcore / emoviolence | ► “sink into my lust”
12 by Ryuichi Sakamoto
ambient | ► “20220214”
Ending by SARI
electronic / pop | ► “Ai No Yurikago”
Ampersand by Spangle Call Lilli Line
indie rock | ► “lean forward”
Ride by Subway Daydream
indie rock | ► “Radio Star”
Specter by Suisei Hoshimachi
pop | ► “Shakunetsu Ni Te Junjou (wii-wii-woo)”
Crepuscule I & II by Tujiko Noriko
ambient | ► “A Meeting at the Space Station”
PAL.Sounds2 by Various artists
techno | ► “Undertow” by ktskm
“As label heads Keiju, ktskm, E.O.U. and Vis bring newcomers into the mix, the intrigue behind PAL.Sounds2 lies in how outside names interpret the concept behind PAL.Sounds and tweak their music to fit within the world of the Kyoto dance label.” —Read more about the album in issue #61.
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Last year was a great year for me.start the kickoff with regallily and hitsujibungaku. really looking forward for this year.
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