Pirokalpin to release new album “Gnome no Sekai” in May

Now a duo, pop-rock outfit Pirokalpin have announced that they will be releasing their latest album “Gnome no Sekai” next month on May 10th.  Their first such release in two years, “Gnome no Sekai” will include eight new songs from the band and is set to be mixed by engineer Eiji “Q” Makino, who is known for his work with popular bands BUMP OF CHICKEN and Spitz.

Ahead of the album’s release, the pair have also made the PV for its lead song “Growin’ Growin” available on their official Youtube channel.  The music video was directed by Ryouji Aoki and features the group performing the track in a picturesque meadow, cutting together shots taken from many different angles.

You’ll find this music video, plus the cover and track list for “Gnome no Sekai”, just after the cut.

-’Gnome no Sekai’ Track List-


  1. Seirei no Utage
  2. Asa
  3. Akairo no Dancer
  4. Pinocchio
  5. Ryuuseigun
  6. Kobito no Sekai
  7. Growin’ Growin’
  8. Kaze Tachinu

(via natalie)

  • Comments

    • Pirokalpin

      “Kaze Tachinu”? Is it a cover of Yumi Matsutoya’s song? I really enjoyed the vocalist’s colour, I hope it sounds good!

      I don’t know what the its main single is about, plus Ryouji Aoki’s concept for the music video doesn’t help much (at all actually…), although the way it was edited goes well with the song’s positive, energetic vibe, but I’m curious about the album. Why the gnome?

      • Ryusenkai

        If you’re referring to the song that Yumi provided to the film of the same name (“Kaze Tachinu”), that’s actually titled “Hikoukigumo” (unless you’re referring to a different song entirely). Anyway, I really like how Pirokalpin’s singer projects, since it makes her vocals stand out against the instrumental.

        We’re most likely to get our answer about the gnome in “Kobito no Sekai”, considering that it means “Dwarf’s World”.

        • Pirokalpin

          Of course, “Hikoukigumo”. She even sings it in such a beautiful, memorable way, I wonder why I made that mistake. I discovered the song (and the artist) through the movie actually, plus I’m more used to call it by “The Wind Rises”.

          I agree. It’s annoying when there isn’t a clear line between each instrument (including the singer’s voice), unless that is their intention for some reason. That’s not a song, it’s a confusing noise instead.

          Thank you for focusing on such diverse, talented artists. I would have probably ignored them if not for this well-written article, specially when it’s about gnomes. I wonder if there are any folk stories in Japan about them that inspired the band?