4th-Peace by Mikanzil EP Review

Release date: 6th May 2019 Genres: Rock, J-Rock Tokyo based freelance singer Mikanzil released her latest EP release titled 4th-peace towards the beginning of the month. The four track EP gives a very brief glimmer of Mikanzil’s ability to mix together very mellow indie inspired melodies with a more powerful and forceful rock vibe. The album cover which like many of their previous releases, has … Continue reading 4th-Peace by Mikanzil EP Review

Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

Sounds of the Rising Sun has gotten another awesome opportunity to spend some time getting to know another kickass band. This time around though, the site is actually branching off into California and not the land of the rising sun. This might seem a little strange since we focus on Japanese related content but, this interview is pretty unique in the fact that Coast in … Continue reading Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

Release date: 6 May 2019 Genres: Pop, J-Pop  TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira was released at the beginning of the month. The anime inspired artwork which decorates the cover conveys the overall sweetness contained within the record. TRIPXFROLIC is like encounting the most bubble gum sweet J-Pop imaginable. Imagine the most sugary high-pitched vocals possible which are accompanied with gaming style synthesisers melodies and some mean drum and bass. … Continue reading TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

One Eye Closed Interview

Just south of Tokyo sits the shining city of Yokohama. The city, best known for its beautiful cityscapes where its trademark Ferris wheel known as the ‘Cosmo Clock’ shines all colours of the rainbow throughout the night. The city also prides itself on having the largest Chinatown as well as being one of the first ports in Japan to open up its gates to foreigners. … Continue reading One Eye Closed Interview

Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル ) is an incredibly successful Japanese-American singer and songwriter, garnering acclaim not only in Japan but internationally. If you happen to play video games, you might recognize her for her theme song contributions to the Kingdom Hearts series. She is fluent in English as a result of being born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Her classmates had trouble pronouncing her … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Release date: 16 January 2019 Genres: J-Pop, Rock, J-Rock Gamushara is a wild album and much of my time listening to each track was filled with both delight and puzzlement. Is it rock? Pop? Metal? Rap? More like an eclectic mixture of the genres mishmashed into a beautifully bizarre album creating 46 minutes of pure bliss for the ears. Gamushara starts off with its opening … Continue reading Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review