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Friday, January 05, 2007

Lights, Camera, Action! update (that I should have posted earlier)

From Japanese record shop chain Shinseido:

「桃源郷」はHALCALI制作史上初のバンドサウンド♪プロデューサーにHONESTY(會田茂一&高桑圭の制作ユニット。木村カエラ、スネオヘアーのプロデュースでお馴染み)を迎えグリグリのロックチューンに仕上がっています。勿論ラップもちりばめてます。もう1曲「Lights, Camera. Action!」はフジテレビ系アニメ「月面兎兵器ミーナ」のオープニングテーマ曲に決定!こちらのサウンドもアレンジャーにお洒落サウンドメーカーCUBISMO GRAFICOことチャーベを迎え、4打ちのハウスサウンドに仕上がっています。

Tougenkyo will be the first time in their career that Halcali have recorded with a full band. It's a full on rock tune produced by HONESTY (comprised of Shigekazu Aida and Kiyoshi Takakuwa*, familiar as the producers of Kaela Kimura and Suneohair). Of course they'll be rapping on it too. The other song, Lights, Camera, Action! will feature as the opening theme song to the Fuji Television anime Getsumen To Heiki Mina! The song, with it's 'house sound' is being written and arranged by fashionable producer CUBISMO GRAFICO.

So it looks a little like Tougenkyo (Eden) will be the main event and Lights, Camera, Action! will be the b-side (not that anyone really uses such a term anymore)? I certainly wouldn't complain if that aspect of the release was pushed into the background.
There's a lot to look forward to here, what with Cubismo Grafico's involvement a major plus for me (he's been a consistantly impressive writer, producer and DJ) and I've been partial to some of the Kaera Kimura stuff Honesty has produced. They've had experience working with Halcali before- they wrote 伝説の二人 (The Legendary Couple) for Ongaku No Susume.*
With this coming out on March 14th, and the new album set for spring/summer this year, it looks like things are getting back on track.

I wonder why Shinseido has all this extra information HMV doesn't? Open up your press releases, guys.

According to cdjapan, the first press (of the "rocking new song") will come with stickers.*

*Thanks to Sora Kara!


Anonymous sora-kara said...

Honesty are:

Shigekazu Aida on guitar and Kiyoshi Takakuwa on bass.

They've worked with Bonnie Pink a bit too.

7:30 PM

Anonymous sora-kara said...

I forgot!

Honesty also did Densetsu no Futari on Ongaku no Susume!

*and ooh, this release is starting to actually sound exciting :)*

7:32 PM

Blogger Joe Russo said...

sora, those are the guys we saw perform with Bonnie in Toronto, right?

That's awesome. finally some good news about Halcali!

5:39 AM

Anonymous sora-kara said...

yes they are.
haha, i still can't get over how tall Kiyoshi Takakuwa is. o_o

oh, question for you joe: did you happen to somehow send bonnie some pictures you took at the show?
i'm so sure that one of the pics i saw on your site popped up on the dvd...

6:53 AM

Anonymous sora-kara said...

not really news, but:

CDJapan.co.jp has the new single up for pre-order.
They list it as Togenkyo/Lights, Camera. Action!, and say that first press comes with stickers.

*cant wait for yesasia to put it up*

7:24 AM

Blogger Joe Russo said...

I did send my pics to her manager, but never did get a reply.
COOL, one of my pics on the DVD.

hehe :)

7:36 AM

Blogger jariten said...

sora> Thanks a million!

7:21 AM

Anonymous fantastipo said...

hooray for releases! i hope they continue to keep busy!

7:12 PM


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