Landmark (Asian Kung-Fu Generation album)

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Landmark
AKFG, Landmark album art.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2012
Recorded2011-2012
GenreIndie rock, alternative rock
Length45:57
LabelKioon
ProducerAsian Kung-Fu Generation
Asian Kung-Fu Generation chronology
Best Hit AKG
(2012)
Landmark
(2012)
Feedback File 2
(2014)
Singles from Landmark
  1. "Kakato de Ai o Uchinarase"
    Released: April 11, 2012
  2. "Sore dewa, Mata Ashita"
    Released: July 25, 2012

Landmark is the seventh studio album by the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation, released on September 12, 2012.

History[edit]

In late 2011, Gotoh confirmed in his diary that the band were in the studio recording new songs. However, he did not release the name of the album until July 2012, days after their 2012 Nano-Mugen Festival. Along with his announcement of the name of the album, he also stated that the album will be released on September 12, 2012, and a 22-show nationwide tour will follow in support of the album.[1]

On August 2, Gotoh claimed that the album "is a masterpiece" via Twitter.[2]

On August 8, the album art was revealed, credited to Yusuke Nakamura, a long time art collaborator with the band. The track list was also confirmed, revealing that "All Right Part 2" will be the second song to appear on both, a Nano-Mugen Compilation, and on an original album. (The first, being "Blackout", appearing on the first Nano-Mugen Compilation.) "N2" also appeared on the "Marching Band" single as a b-side, similar to how three b-sides on Surf Bungaku Kamakura, titled "Enoshima Escar," "Yuigahama Kite," and "Kugenama Surf", were originally released on the "Korogaru Iwa, Kimi ni Asa ga Furu," "After Dark," and "Aru Machi no Gunjō" singles respectively.

On August 28, the song "Bicycle Race" was first played on "School of Lock", a segment on a radio station in Tokyo. The music video for the song was released on September 7.

Two different limited editions of the album were released, with one including an LP version of the album, and the other including a compilation DVD of songs performed at both, a 2011 Nano-Mugen festival concert, and a 2012 Best Hit AKG concert.[3]

The album became the band's first original album to be made available for purchase in the United States through the iTunes store, being released on October 17.

Track list[edit]

The track list for the album was confirmed by Gotoh on his diary on August 23, 2012.[4]

Disc 1 (CD - Landmark)[edit]

All lyrics are written by Masafumi Gotoh; all music is composed by Masafumi Gotoh, except "Sore dewa, Mata Ashita" by Gotoh and Takahiro Yamada and "Kakato de Ai o Uchinarase" by Gotoh and Kensuke Kita.

No.TitleLength
1."All Right Part 2" (featuring Hashimoto Eriko (from Chatmonchy))3:34
2."N2"3:06
3."1.2.3.4.5.6. Baby"3:24
4."A & Z" (AとZ A to Z)4:38
5."Taiyō Kōro" (大洋航路 "Oceanic Route")3:15
6."Bicycle Race" (バイシクルレース Baishikuru Rēsu)4:16
7."Sore dewa, Mata Ashita" (それでは、また明日 "Well Then, See You Tomorrow")3:42
8."1980"3:36
9."Machine Guns to Keiyōshi" (マシンガンと形容詞 "Machine Guns and Adjectives")3:54
10."Railroad" (レールロード Reirurōdo)3:08
11."Kakato de Ai o Uchinarase" (踵で愛を打ち鳴らせ "Clicking My Heels To Love")4:23
12."Anemone no Saku Haru ni" (アネモネの咲く春に "In the Spring, When the Anemone Bloom")5:01

Disc 2 (Limited Edition Live DVD)[edit]

  • All songs are from the "Best Hit AKG" concert held on February 23, 2012, except for track 8 "All right part2", recorded from the Nano-Mugen 2011 circuit.
No.TitleLength
1."After Dark" (アフターダーク Afutā Dāku)3:15
2."Solanin"4:35
3."Marching Band" (Originally released on the "Marching Band" single)5:20
4."Rewrite" (リライト Riraito)3:47
5."Loop & Loop" (ループ&ループ Rūpu & Rūpu)3:45
6."Kimi to Iu Hana" (君という花 "A Flower Called You")6:10
7."Kakato de Ai o Uchinarase" (踵で愛を打ち鳴らせ "Clicking My Heels to Love")4:23
8."All Right Part 2" (with Eriko Hashimoto from Chatmonchy)3:34

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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