Make Believe Mailer

Patrick St. Michel
Covering Japanese Music, From The J-pop Industry To The Underground
Created 22 Jul 2020
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  • Make Believe Melodies For December 6, 2021
    06 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    uami — Hiru Ni Nemuro Hito There’s something wonderful about disengaging from the world to turn inward. That’s not celebrating those cutting themselves off from the matters of the moment, but rather s...
  • Make Believe Mailer 31: Bandcamp Friday Special December 2021
    03 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I used to write a feature for Otaquest rounding up some Japanese recommendations for Bandcamp Friday. I’ve decided to keep doing that for the remaining installments of this campaign. Here’s the Decemb...
  • Make Believe Melodies For November 30, 2021
    30 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Toki Asako — Twilight City pop — or more generally older Japanese music — stays viral. The latest incarnation comes courtesy of a 1978 Taeko Onuki song, “4:00 AM,” a cut that’s been popular on YouTube...
  • Make Believe Melodies For November 22, 2021
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Keeping it short this week, in order to focus on work so I can take a break this weekend! Uiro — iro iro Case.2 The follow-up to a delightful set of fizzy funk from last year, Uiro gets even more limb...
  • Make Believe Mailer 30: Ko-Hot-Take-U 2021
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    The COVID-19 pandemic was significantly worse in Japan this year than in 2020. Case numbers reached record highs over these last 12 months, while until just one month ago, the nation had basically bee...
  • Make Believe Melodies For November 15, 2021
    15 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Emerald Four — “Kiri No Koen” Even a sunny day in Emerald Four’s hands can turn shadowy. The Kyoto project long existed as a duo creating spacious synth-pop, offering up two of the best Japanese album...
  • Make Believe Mailer 29: English Version
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, duo YOASOBI have become among the biggest acts in J-pop. Their downer debut single “Yoru Ni Kakeru” (“Racing Into The Night”) took off on streaming around the...
  • Make Believe Melodies For November 9, 2021
    09 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    I love you Orchestra Swing Style Featuring Plastic Plastic — “hello there” There’s always been exchange between Japanese musicians and artists across the rest of Asia, but the past year has started se...
  • Make Believe Mailer 28: Bandcamp Friday Special November 2021
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    I used to write a feature for Otaquest rounding up some Japanese recommendations for Bandcamp Friday. I’ve decided to keep doing that for the remaining installments of this campaign. Here’s the Novemb...
  • Make Believe Melodies For November 1, 2021
    01 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Suiyoubi No Campanella (Wednesday Campanella) — “Alice” The idea of Suiyoubi No Campanella without KOM_I makes me uneasy. She was the animating breath of the project, a human whirlwind standing as one...
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