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Panopticon | Reviews

Track Review: BILLIE IDLE – anarchy in the music scene

“Anarchy in the music scene! Nobody called for us, but here we are!” So begins the debut single from BILLIE IDLE, a group of four girls intent on causing a ruckus and shaking things up in the world of music, …

Album Review: CAPSULE – WAVE RUNNER

CAPSULE was formed at the end of 1997 just as Japan’s fever for Shibuya-kei (a short-lived pop music scene strongly influenced by British guitar-pop, bossa nova, space-age pop and jazz) was beginning to die down. In 2001, the duo eventually …

News: BiS is back? BiSH to debut in March

Watanabe “JxSxK” Junnosuke, former manager of “alternative idol” group BiS (Brand-new idol Society, a female idol group that had more in common with hardcore punk bands than typical all-singing-all-dancing girl troupes), announced today the formation of a new idol group. …

Album Review: 3776 – Love Letter

It’s never a good idea to begin publishing end-of-year lists before the year is actually out; inevitably, you’ll end up overlooking something fantastic, hidden away in the back end of December from the light of the recognition it deserves. But …

D’Angelo Announces New Album ‘Black Messiah’

It’s been over 14 years since D’Angelo’s 2000 triumph, Voodoo, but he and The Vanguard have announced its followup, Black Messiah. A short snippet from the album was posted online by D’Angelo’s manager and his latest album will premier this …

Track Review: Dan Deacon – “Feel the Lightning”

Dan Deacon is the individual who has made us make make dance-tunnels with our hands, designed apps for impromptu light shows at his gigs and toured the world in a vegetable oil-powered bus: settled, thus isn’t an adjective often used …