In light of fellow post-rockers LITE and toe forming their own record labels, Katsuhiko Maeda (world’s end girlfriend) announced his own label Virgin Babylon Records today. And what an amazing roster it has. So far he’s signed mutyumu, about tess, matryoshka, and his brother Ryoma Maeda. If that’s not a who’s who in amazing Japanese post-rock I don’t know what else is. About tess will release their new album Winter 2010 and Ryoma Maeda in Spring 2011.
The first release on Virgin Babylon Records will of course be the new world’s end girlfriend album Seven Idiots on September 14. He describes it as “an irregular pop album, filled with ‘Destroy’ and ‘Construction,’ ‘LOVE’ and ‘Twisted’ of pop music!” Track listing and album info can be found here. The first single “Les Enfants du Paradis” can be downloaded for free. It’s a lot more bouncy than I expected. And I never thought I’d hear a world’s end girlfriend song start with handclaps.