School On That Hill
Synchronize (Synchronized Playing)
LEO Imai does the strange by going into Synchronize heavily auto-tuned with an ethereal background to start out. His English definitly is easily recognizable from the Japanese lyrics he throws out. After the smooth opening, LEO begins the verses with spunk and with a funky bass sound, it’s darn cool. I noticed his voice seems a little more stable than it was in “TAXI” and wasn’t low either. I have to say with how little I’ve heard from him, this song is really catchy.
2. School On The Hill
Just like “Synchronize”, School On The Hill is definitly off the wall for LEO and quite interesting because the song has a more effective dance beat added along. I thought the most fun part is that you hear that famous Japanese school bell ring….you know, that 8-note line always heard in Anime’s that’s based around school. Even though the song is very danceable, I could have seen this being on “FIX NEON” more than anything.
3. Synchronize (Synchronized Playing)
Or I like to call it, the acappella sounding version. It’s absent of the auto-tune and synths and replaced by backup vocals from none other than Rie fu. I did find myself wanting the original more because just without it sounds incomplete and kind of bare at points, but still is the A-side otherwise. Also what’s nice is that the song is resung and LEO’s bare vocals are a bit more powerful which is great. I don’t know but given the fact that the main purpose of the single, this was a good alternate.
Your probably wondering why I did this, well there’s instructions that point out that if you have both versions of Synchronize, you have to play them at the same time to get a different experience of the song’s completion. Now I haven’t done this since no one has uploaded the single yet (damnit, some better do it soon or I will scream!). Knowing from the preview of the SP version mixing with the original sounds quite daunting…Since it’s not a numbered track and doesn’t have an official name, I can’t place it or anything.
LEO Imai, this was the reason I really added ya. I loved the fresh and funky sound you brought with Synchronize and took a well-known school melody and added dance beats was clever, I say this single did me in and I love it. Even having more things to do like putting 1 & 1 together was a smart idea and I wonder why many artists have never done this yet. I just wish someone can upload this!!!!!!!!!!!!