Japanese band パスピエ/Passepied today release its new album. Titled 幕の内ISM/MAKUNOUCHI-ISM it is a current example of how Japanese popular music try to market through fancy packaging and limited extras.
But let's first of all explain the title of this blog post. From the start Passepied has been careful about showing the band members faces in pictures and videos. Here's a current promo pic:
But two minutes into the current video for トーキョーシティ・アンダーグラウンド/Tokyo City Underground singer Natsuki Ogota's face is suddenly visible for three seconds or so. See for yourself:
Back to the packaging.
The album comes in a limited version with a DVD including six live tracks filmed during the 2013 tour.
The album art itself folds out into a three dimensional diorama, and early buyers of the album get a diorama to assemble that comes in four slightly different versions depending on what store you buy it from.
If we ever get our hands on the limited single Kira Kira Killer from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu we'll do another fancy Japanese packaging post.