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Mr.Children to release a new single in January

November 22, 2016

Well, it took them a while to finally announce this, but I can’t say that I’m not happy with the overall package.  So, as the title says, Mr.Children will putting out their first single in 2 years and 2 months on January 11th.

While the lead song (and Asadora theme) is the only wholly “new” track on the single, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any B-sides included.  In fact, there are actually five of them.  Three are studio live rearrangements of some classic songs, while the other two are lives from the last stretch of their “Niji” Hall Tour.  Taken altogether, I’m really pretty darn excited for this single, particularly if it is the prelude to the album I hope is coming at some point next year.

Of note, the group that performs all of the songs on this single consists of the four core band members, SUNNY (Keyboard & Backing Vocals), Yamamoto Takuo (Saxophone), icchie (Trumpet), and duo Charan-po-Rantan’s Koharu (Accordion), an ensemble which they’ve been affectionately calling the “Hikari no Atelier” band.

Finally, the band will be be embarking on another, shorter Hall Tour named after the single in March and April of next year.  I expect that we’ll see them start playing larger venues again later on in 2017, so if you want to see them in a more intimate setting, this is probably your best bet.

So!  For those of you who are curious just what tracks were chosen to get the re-imagining treatment, you can read on below to get a look at the single’s full track list.

-’Hikari no Atelier’ Track List-


  1. Hikari no Atelier
  2. Tsuyogari (Studio Live)
  3. Kurumi (Studio Live)
  4. CANDY (Studio Live)
  5. Running High (Niji Tour 2016.11.7 FUKUI)
  6. PADDLE (Niji Tour 2016.10.14 KUMAMOTO)

Source:  natalie

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2017 3:22 pm

    Hey Ryu. Ijah here. I was wondering if there is a site or a way for me to purchase Mr. Children’s albums digitally. Not individual single, whole albums. Do let me know, thanks!

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