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Satsuki – AWAKE December 4, 2009

Filed under: Satsuki — solarblade @ 8:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. La Lune
  2. Veil of MARIA
  3. AWAKE
  4. In a Lucid Dream

1. La Lune

Beginning Satsuki’s first release, La Lune is actually quite slow and has a good flow with the instruments.  I really like Satsuki’s voice when he was with RENTRER EN SOI, so I was naturally intrigued by his voice in this song.  Sadly, the song doesn’t have a strong hook to it and feels a little like a random idea thrown together to make a song.  It’s ok, just not the best he’s done since his solo career started.

2. Veil of MARIA

That’s why we have Veil of MARIA.  It’s so abstract of Satsuki’s vocal and there’s also a female vocalist, or it could be him.  The arrangement feels so different from what I’m used to and I love the mysterious flow, especially once Satsuki starts to use auto-tune.  I have to say, he’s got a chilling upper tone and it’s great. 

3. AWAKE

Back down to Earth, AWAKE is back to somewhat of a normal sounding song, but it has this strings part that sounds great with his vocals.  It’s definitely the closest thing to being like RES stuff so it’s a good nod back, but it also shows he’s trying to make a name for himself and AWAKE is a good bridge to show that.

4. In a Lucid Dream

Ending off the single is well…iono.  In a Lucid Dream has a mix of Satsuki ad-libbing and him saying things behind the piano-led music.  It’s a little strange, but it sounds like “Veil of MARIA” playing a little in the background and makes a good ending song leaving the drums playing alone before it ends.

 

 

Who knew Satsuki was actually going to go solo?  AWAKE shows big difference to him and it sounds refreshing after all the RENTRER stuff.  I have to say though that Veil of MARIA was just amazing.  I wonder if “CRYSTAL” was be even better

 

Akiko Hasegawa – LEVEL∞

Filed under: Akiko Hasegawa — solarblade @ 8:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. LEVEL∞ (FAMISON 8BIT ver.)
  2. XXX
  3. LEVEL∞ (Disillusion ver.)
  4. LEVEL∞ (Instrumental)
  5. XXX (Instrumental)
  6. LEVEL∞ (Field ver.)

1. LEVEL∞ (FAMISON 8BIT ver.)

When I saw the title of FAMISON on tagged on, I was worried that it was going to be really horrible, but luckily Akiko didn’t get her vocals messed around with and the pace of the song is very fast.  If you can handle the arrangement, the song is pretty cool and at points can make a great song altogether.  Very interesting altogether and one of the weirdest good songs of the year.

2. XXX

The singles B-side is really heavy in the electronica force.  It starts out with a gritty synth line that repeats over and over…kind of like a club mix and you hear Akiko saying ~x, x, x~ in the background.  Sadly, when she comes in, things really get bad for me.  Her voice is really chipmunky and would make Yui S. blush.  It really sounds like a 7 year old is singing, but I do like when Akiko says ~ekkusu~…Still, the song is going to take a while to get stuck in my head.

3. LEVEL∞ (Disillusion ver.)

Yeesh, 7 minutes?  It seems that this is just a eurobeat mix of the song.  I’m not sure why, but this time Akiko’s vocals are heavily covered in echo properties and the music takes over.  I take the back, the song is more of trance…after a while she does come in fully, but this remix isn’t totally going anywhere and just seem to drag the song a bit.

4. LEVEL∞ (Field ver.)

I really don’t understand the need, but this is more like an instrumental of LEVEL∞ (FAMISON 8BIT ver.).  The way it’s played out though is like the music is out on the field exploring and stuff.  It’s kind of fitting in a way, since it plays the melody of the song entirely.  After a while it fully goes into the instrumental of the song and you hear attacks happening like you were playing a game…it’s so damn funny and cool at the same time.  Then you hear a winning theme and it goes back out into the field music and back and forth, it’s weird and strange and yet awesome.  Once it ends Akiko pops up and talks about the song or something along those lines…

 

 

While it’s really rare to see an artist debut with an 8bit song, Akiko Hasegawa did right with it.  It’s energetic and fun and can hold its own even better than YMCK.  XXX, was a little strange with the seiyuu vocals going on, but the music was great.  I hope she releases more as time goes on

 

MOSH UNDER THE SUN – DANCE IN THE DISCO

Filed under: MOSH UNDER THE SUN — solarblade @ 7:55 pm

Track Listing

  1. Dance in the DISCO
  2. FOREST
  3. BREEZE
  4. HELLO!HELLO!
  5. Dance in the DISCO (WEEKENDERS Remix)
  6. FOREST (Sound Around Remix)

1. Dance in the DISCO

I’m not sure what to thing of MOSH’s first song.  It’s got a mix of a band and electro sound that’s starting to show up in some of the bands.  DAICHI (singer) is heavily under auto-tune for the song so it’s hard to hear his vocal capabilities but his energy in the song is pretty wicked here.  I guess I would’ve enjoyed the song more if there was less auto-tune, but right now, it’s really catchy.

2. FOREST

So FOREST was chosen to be the mini-albums promotional song and it was given a PV (not really a good one at that).  Still, FOREST takes the group into a more relaxing club song.  The great thing about this song is that we get to hear more of DAICHI w/o the vocal warping going on and more of the band altogether and I kind of like this a lot. 

3. BREEZE

Unlike the two previous songs, BREEZE feels perfect with the album’s cover.  Throughout the song there’s this harp line that caught me off guard.  It’s also the poppiest song of the mini-album because of it’s peppy beats and DAICHI’s love for the auto-tune once again.  I can just draw parallels to KU-TYU-BUNKAI’s “Sorairo Neon”, but still it’s really smooth.

4. HELLO!HELLO!

Though I think the coolest song off this mini has to be this song all the way.  DAICHI really reminds me of TAKUYA of UVERworld with the way he’s singing with an obvious accent.  I laughing at the usage of cowbell in the song, but the degree of how the band is working together is really cool.  It’s an exciting track and there’s a lot of great moments and riffs here.

5. Dance in the DISCO (WEEKENDERS Remix)

The remixes here are of the two bigger promoted songs, starting with Dance in the DISCO.  It feels more like a piano fronted remix with dance beats, ala DAISHI DANCE.  The thing though is that DAICHI’s vocals in the song are subdued against the stronger arrangement going on.  It’s alright, but sometimes I don’t know what he’s saying since the sound is overbearing on the group.

6. FOREST (Sound Around Remix)

I’m surprised to see a big name remixer doing FOREST’s remix.  Anyways, Sound Around’s version of FOREST starts out like any other club mix which isn’t a good start IMO.  Though the additions of heavy synths and screeches is kind of sweet.  It’s different and feels like a good remix, but I prefer the original.

 

 

Wow, if MOSH continues their career, I can actually see them getting somewhat big with their combination of a rock band and electronica group.  DAICHI could have a little more work done on his English skills, but otherwise this is a great start.  Can’t wait till their next release.

 

Strawberry Flower – Ai no Uta

Filed under: Strawberry Flower — solarblade @ 6:51 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ai no Uta
  2. Namida ga Afureta
  3. Ai no Uta (Instrumental)

1. Ai no Uta

I think everyone knows this song that represented the first Pikmin game.  I think Ai no Uta is one of the more cutest and yet sad songs I’ve kind of ran into.  It’s strange that the song feels more like a lullaby than anything else.  It features a some accordion, acoustic guitar and a part that includes strings and orgel.  It’s a nice combination if you ask me.  The singer of this “group”, Be is quite an airy vocalist too, but she can sound innocent enough to get by in the song.  Towards the end, there’s this muffled part, but it sounds out of place here…

2. Namida ga Afureta

The B-side of the single is a bit like “Ai no Uta” in the sense they are both slow songs that are fronted by the acoustic guitar.  However, Namida ga Afureta sounds more like a normal J-pop song and feels a little western at parts as well.  It isn’t as memorable as the A-side, but at least it sounds nice.

 

 

WHT!, Nintendo actually has a vocal song more or less a single?  Yeah, you really don’t see Nintendo doing this often, but the idea of Strawberry flower was a short yet, nice idea and it turns out this single sold more than the game itself which is hilarious on its own terms.  Ai no Uta even has a French version which is wacky eh?  Still, Ai no Uta is a nice song to get relaxed from.