New Single "Puffy-pipo Mountain" is due out November 18, 2015.
Skimming the Puffy Facebook group, it looks like they shot the PV on 10/5, not sure how many days but seems like the less involved videos only take a day or two.
What does this mean? The most important thing is that there is new material out there and it comes right on the back of Colorful Wave Surfers which seems very aggressive. Why so close together? My best guess is that maybe this is a ramping up for a new Puffy album at some point in support of their 20th anniversary. Counting "Pafipio Mountain" there are seven singles to build an album off of. Assuming all the singles since those for Thank You were released make the cut (which I doubt, but a b-side and tribute could be added in...), new material would be sparse. That is not uncommon with many Japanese bands front loading with singles for an album (Judy And Mary's Warp being a great example).
I will be curious as to what sound the single has, I would be comfortable if it is something like Colorful Wave Surfers which was recognizably Puffy.
Anyways, great news and hopefully the trend line for good singles continues.
H/T to my friend Emi-chan for a quick translation and confirming it is a made up word.
P.S. My journey with other Japanese bands is to a point now where I may spin off another blog or expand this one... but if you are looking for something different MinMin and her former band Chocolate Chip Cookies are really good.