Few Japanese artists in recent memory have had as much momentum in such a short amount of time as singer/songwriter Kenshi Yonezu. Since debuting as a Vocaloid producer in the late Aughts, he’s become one of the nation’s most hotly tipped artists. He recently announced he will release his newest album BOOTLEG on November 4, featuring new takes on some of his biggest songs from 2017.
Don’t call it a coronation, exactly - his last album, 2015’s Bremen, topped the Oricon album charts, making it the first of Yonezu’s releases to manage such a feet - rather, expect his fourth full-length, and its inevitable success sales-wise to cement his status as a top-tier act in Japan.
So what songs appear on it? All of Yonezu’s recent singles land on the tracklist, highlighted by “Peace Sign” (video above) and “LOSER,” among others. A handful of new songs naturally fill out the rest, alongside two numbers that he’s more of a supporting member of. His collab with breakout artist DAOKO, “Uchiage Hanabi” gets the self-cover treatment, meaning he will probably tackle it alone. He’s going the same route with the song he released under his Vocaloid alias HACHI earlier this year, which originally featured the digi-singer Hatsune Miku. See the original below, but expect something a bit different come November.
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