Japanese pop group Wednesday Campanella has released a new EP, “Neon”, which marks the recording debut of singer Utaha.
Released Wednesday, May 25, the eight-track project marks the first full-length recording with new lead singer, Utaha, since founding vocalist KOM_I left last year.
Wednesday Campanella also released a lavish visual for the album’s second track, “Himiko”, directed by YUKIKAZE collective’s Koshun Mamiya.
Over a colorful future bass beat, Utaha sings about the weather on “Himiko”: “The Shrine Maiden Meteorologist / Highly Commented!” she sings in Japanese. In keeping with the themes of the track, the video features Utaha delivering the song to a room full of succulents and plants, and presenting a weather report on a fictional TV channel.
The video for ‘Himiko’ follows visuals from previous singles ‘Edison’ and ‘Maneki Neko’, which were released in February. In addition to those two tracks, the “Neon” tracklist also includes 2021 singles “Alice” and “Buckingham,” which marked Utaha’s first official releases since joining Campanella on Wednesday.
Listen to “Neon” here:
To mark the disc’s release, Campanella will embark on a nine-date Japanese tour called “Neopoem” on Wednesday. The tour begins on June 22 in Yokohama, before culminating on August 3 at the famous club Ebisu Liquid Room. More details about the tour can be found here.
Wednesday Campanella currently consists of vocalist Utaha, producer Hidefumi Kenmochi, and music video director, Dir. F. Founding singer KOM_I left the J-pop unit in September 2021 to pursue solo activities. The unit had released eight albums so far, including 2016’s “Zipang”, 2017’s “Superman” and 2019’s “Yakushima Treasure”, a collaboration with experimental musician Oorutaichi.
Mercredi Campanella notably collaborated with CHVRCHES in 2018 for the single ‘Out of My Head’, as well as with Porter Robinson on the track ‘Halfmoon Lullaby’, which was released as a Japanese exclusive for the producer’s 2021 record, ‘Nurture’.
In 2017, Wednesday Campanella performed at numerous Asian and international festivals, including the Singapore edition of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Hong Kong’s Clockenflap, and Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw.