The four-member Japanese band Gesu no Kiwami Otome is set to release its fifth CD single “Tatakatteshimauyo” on Jan. 24. The release will be the quirky pop band’s first new single in over two years and was written in collaboration the smartphone game app Clash Royale to promote the online card battle game.

In keeping with the concept of the game, the title of the song roughly means “can’t help but battle,” and frontman Enon Kawatani explains that the song was written with that addictive sensation in mind. “The song is about finding yourself being played by a game when you thought you were the one playing it,” says Kawatani, who writes the band’s songs. “That’s how engrossing this game is.”

The full version of the music video for the track, directed by Hidenobu Tanabe who directed the clever visuals for the band’s 2014 hit “Ryokiteki Na Kiss Wo Watashi Ni Shite,” was also released on YouTube. The video basically just shows the band members lounging around together in a compact and cluttered Japanese-style room with crimson walls, but disorienting visual tricks take viewers off guard as the camera pulls back repeatedly to reveal that things aren’t what they seem.

Gesu no Kiwami Otome currently has no upcoming shows, but the “Tatakatteshimauyo” CD will come with an application form for a chance to attend the band’s performance for MTV Unplugged to be shot on Mar. 25 somewhere in Tokyo.


Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo