Legendary Japanese shoegaze/alternative/metal outfit Coaltar of the Deepers came out of nowhere yesterday at around 7pm with a massive announcement that their first new music in about seven years would be released at midnight. The news came roughly six months after the band’s core member NARASAKI cryptically Tweeted that he was working on Deepers music again. The track, titled “SUMMER GAZER ’92”, is the first single off the upcoming “Rabbit E.P.”, which will be out in November. Both announcements were initially made via NARASAKI’s newly formed label U-desper Records.
The announcement of a new Deepers single a mere five hours prior to its release was pretty jolting considering there was no real reason to believe we’d get any new material from one of Japan’s most well-known and influential cult acts. NARASAKI has been incredibly active over the years writing and producing for a bunch of different artists while also creating music for various anime. However, the new was unsurprisingly well-received, with “SUMMER GAZER ’92” at one point reaching as high as number 2 on the iTunes song charts on the day of its release.
The song itself was initially described by U-desper Records as a (loosely translated) “hot summer tune for summer lovers”, and with its warm, groovy sound that feels pretty accurate. “SUMMER GAZER ’92” has something of a mellow, jazzy samba vibe, relying on a dreamy swirl of instrumental and vocal textures and a more subtly developing intensity than the in-your-face chaotic sound that Deepers is perhaps better known for. Though it might not be what people expect, it’s a really solid return to action for a very important band and a preview of what is easily now the most anticipated Japanese shoegaze release of 2018.
“SUMMER GAZER ’92” is currently available for purchase on iTunes worldwide. Follow U-desper Records on Twitter for updates regarding the “Rabbit E.P.” release.