Before news of her collaboration with UK producer Sophie hit, it had been a while since we heard from J-pop superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu but now she's back with her first release of the summer from her forthcoming third album Pika Pika Fantajin (out July 29th). The twinkling, sugar-coated "Kira Kira Killer" comes with a visual that features an unidentifiable feathered antagonist and surrealist animation: at one point, she marches on top of the earth, which is balanced on the backs of elephants stood atop a glossy white turtle. Pamyu Pamyu has acknowledged that her hyper-cute take on the Japanese quality of kawaii (it roughly translates as 'cute') is "poisonous," and so it makes a strange sort of sense that "Kira Kira Killer" is supposed to represent Pamyu Pamyu's spiritual death. For more on the queen of kawaii, read our Kyary Pamyu Pamyu profile from issue 89.
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