Last year Hitsuji Bungaku released their debut full length album “Wakamono Tachi e” and it was pretty widely praised as one of the best J-Music releases of 2018. A year later and they’re back with their follow-up, an EP titled “Kirameki” which is themed around the experience of being a young girl. The brightness exuding from many of this EP’s songs is a noticeable departure from the gloomy mourning of the demise of one’s youth that was a central theme of their last album. Though they do come close to revisiting some of that on “Soda Sui” this release is largely missing the highly charged angst some might have come to expect from this group. Think of it more as Hitsuji Bungaku expanding their musical horizons and showing everyone that they’re just as adept at tackling this sort of material as they are the style that made us all fall in love with them in the first place. Go out of your way to hear both “Romance” and “Milk” from this EP and feel free to thank me later.