2. "Spangle Call Lilli Line - Remember (Album - Dream Pop/Rock)" In response to Reply # 0
I think the songwriting here is a bit better and more memorable than their last record, Dreams Come True. However, it's still not quite as good as 2015's ghost is dead. The closing track, "nearby," is probably my favorite, especially the last minute or so.
4. "Aimyon - Super Girl (Single - Jpop)" In response to Reply # 0
Aimyon is someone I had high hopes for because of one of her early singles, but most of her output has been pretty boring since then. This is probably her most enjoyable song in the last few years. https://youtu.be/SrazvevTn1s
10. "tricot - 上出来 (Jodeki) (new album)" In response to Reply # 0
Um, I'm still around, and the new tricot album is also really good. "いつも" (track 9) is probably my favorite overall; I just love all the melodies and Motifour's guitar. The title track is also one of my favorites, and I think as a whole they've done a really good job of adding interesting and poppy elements while maintaining their distinct sound. They've been pumping out album after album since the beginning of 2020 but haven't disappointed me yet.
Also, I might take some time during the holiday period to just make a list of stuff I liked.
I was pretty disorganized in 2021, and it kind of reflected in my music listening habits. I honestly have a hard time recalling a lot of my impressions about music or what I even listened to, so I'm sure I'm forgetting and omitting something (or a lot).
Albums or EPs:
Spangle Call Lilli Line - Remember: This one and their last album from 2019 (Dreams Never End) really grew on my over the last several months as things just suddenly clicked.
Eiko Ishibashi - Drive My Car (Kafuku) (https://youtu.be/govpaPZgt40) Really beautiful song from the Drive My Car soundtrack. Still haven't been able to watch the film yet, and it's about a 2 hour drive to the nearest theater screening it.
Hikaru Utada - One Last Kiss (https://youtu.be/0Uhh62MUEic) My most played song of 2021 according to Spotify, and its use as the ending song for the last Evangelion Rebuild movie just adds that extra sentimental and emotional attachment for me on a personal level. It's kind of wild thinking about how Evangelion and also Utada's music has been a part of my life for over two decades. Hell, that's more years than my age when I started on these boards.
jeebanoff - LEAVE ME. (https://youtu.be/lYn8jHiOsEc) This song got a lot of play from me last year, and I'll need to give his album another listen.
wave to earth - nouvelle vague (https://youtu.be/-LvfeaJagsA) Honestly don't know much about this band, but I've been listening to it quite a bit for the last month or so.
BamBam - Who Are You (feat. Seulgi of Red Velvet) (https://youtu.be/dmBRyBvAEy8) Released right at the end of the year but worth putting on the list.
aespa - Savage (https://youtu.be/WPdWvnAAurg) Their company (SM) likes to experiment and use a lot of relatively weird songs as singles, and I wasn't really sure what to think of this one at first listen, but I quickly found myself putting it on repeat. If you find yourself not enjoying the first two-thirds of the track, I still recommend sticking around long enough to hear the bridge. It sounds like it belongs on a totally different song, but it's kind of amazing and somehow works.
Sunmi - You can't sit with us (https://youtu.be/V0wInr_xATk) The little rap in this is so bad, but the rest of the songs 80s style really worked for me. Vaundy - 踊り子 (https://youtu.be/7HgJIAUtICU) Vaundy has been kind of a letdown for me after the high expectations I had for his music after Tokyo Flash, so I haven't been following him as closely, but I decided to check out this video just because it had Nana Komatsu, and the song has grown on me a bit.
Quruli - Highway (https://youtu.be/B5IMum6hfJw?t=44) I think I've been meaning to watch Josee, the Tiger and the Fish for over a decade. I think I'll finally stop putting it off, and this song will be the main reason I do so.
Shadow Community - Restless Song (https://youtu.be/AE6Xyv-yEiA) I was going to say this sounds like Mid-Air Thief, but it turns out it actually is the same person. The Grizzly Bear influence always stands out when I listen to this.