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school food punishment – Riff-rain February 23, 2010

Filed under: school food punishment — solarblade @ 11:04 pm

Track Listing

  1. flow
  2. feedback
  3. egoist
  4. killer
  5. Futari Umi no Soko
  6. over

1. flow

I can really see that the group was going towards their now sound with flow since it reminds of there singles released after.  flow is right because I’m liking the mood of the song and the piano melody as well.  I think my favorite part is the chorus when it gets pretty epic and the electronic influences start coming in.  Ok, this is a good start!

2. feedback

Taking a small break from the electronic equipment, feedback is just them performing as a band with nothing helping them along the way.  It’s catchy because it’s upbeat and shows off Yumi a lot more as a singer than in previous songs.  Ok, so I might be wrong about the song not having anything synthetic, but there is.  I’m also noticing their using some vocal equipment as well which is cool as well.  Another awesome song.

3. egoist

egoist…there’s nothing like egoist and c’mon I’m stuck loving this song a lot.  I mean the overall mood and the abstract arrangement really pulled me in this time.  I mean it pulled me in more than anything in “air feel, color swim” and that’s saying something because of how much I liked that mini-album.  It might be the synths that caught me in again.  Such a cool lil tune. 

4. killer

With a title like killer, I was surprised that killer was a chaotic tune from the group.  I can sense the song has this jazzy feel going and Yumi’s vocals are under a filter to make it more creepier.  The melody was pretty catchy though I’ll definitely give props to that.  Though I think the translation from bridge to chorus is pretty awful at that since it doesn’t warn you that it’s slowing down.  Probably one of the songs that should’ve had more done TBH…

5. Futari Umi no Soko

I’m noticing the rather jazzy side of sfp this time around for the mini-album, but I get this feeling of emptiness with Futari Umo no Soko.  If you listen to the song via headphones, Yumi is singing on one side of the headphones for each passage in the verses which is pretty nifty.  The arrangement is once again pretty sporadic and oddly empty, I mean I like these kind of songs, but this one is rather ehhh.  There’s even a part where it seems that the song is skipping xD  Ok, weird tune.

6. over

Shortest song of the indies era, over is well another closing song and to me it sounds a little fluffy in the arrangement while Yumi is like clear.  It’s a rather simple tune from the group since it’s not like jaw-dropping and when it’s under two minutes to begin with, you really don’t get much of a impression by the time it’s over.  Oh well.

 

 

Riff-rain might not be as good as “air feel, color swim” but it does hold its own.  It’s also the shortest mini-album they did released.  It just seems that the first half was really good while the 2nd half kind of slipped which is a first for them as well.  I don’t know it was a solid release form them.

 

school food punishment – air feel, color swim

Filed under: school food punishment — solarblade @ 10:27 pm

Track Listing

  1. you may crawl
  2. sky step
  3. loop, share
  4. Kemuri ni Shiro
  5. turn
  6. Aimai no Soreru
  7. art line
  8. transient

1. you may crawl

The only song I recognize because of the remix of it from “futuristic imagination”, you may crawl is the album’s opener and it turns out she says the parts from the remix once in the song.  Wow…that surprised because there’s so much to this song.  Kind of like the last mini-album opened, you may crawl is definitely one song that truly represents the band since it’s a mix of their indies synth overload and the band’s major label’s flow.  It’s pretty catchy and definitely made me enjoy the band a lot.

2. sky step

I think sky step might be the closest thing to pure pop as they can get because I think it’s pretty upbeat, but at the same time pretty farfetched as song too.  It’s kind of strange with the 8bit stuff going on mixed with the band’s laidback pop/rock sound.  It’s definitely not a bad song because there’s so much that’s catchy about it.  I like when it goes into the slow part though for sure.  Good song.

3. loop, share

Following in the footsteps of “sky step”, loop, share is pretty upbeat at first before the the verses where things get a little darker for the group.  Not much dark, but it’s enough to be noticeable and I kind of like the setting for this tune.  The solo with the synth/guitar mess going was so strange and new for me, but it added this sense of chaos which is great before Yumi returns and explodes for the final chorus.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

4. Kemuri ni Shiro

We go back a mini-album for Kemuri ni Shiro since it sounds like the stuff that came from then.  It’s not “pool” but it’s definitely something to just lay in bed and listen to because it’s so lighthearted and easy to listen to.  I’m not sure what else is there to say, but this song is really good.  Very relaxing and do I hear Yumi using auto-tune a little?

5. turn

I’m not sure how to explain turn.  It’s definitely an abstract tune amongst the other songs off the mini-album.  I’ll say this is the first time I heard Yumi going crazy with her vocals, especially during the final chorus where she’s really pulling the strings and getting all messy…I LOVE IT!  She really knows how to kick it up at the right time.  Surprising to see this side of Yumi now.

6. Aimai no Soreru

While it took a while til we got into it, we finally get another ballad from sfp that utilizes some keyboard and less of the band.  Unfortunately it’s not really anything that we haven’t heard on the last mini-album.  It’s slow and kind of vocally boring as well.  It does kind of gets better with the weird guitar solo, but otherwise it’s kind of meh.

7. art line

I like that “Aimai no Soreru” kind of flowed quite nicely into art line which is actually so much better than the previous.  This is a bit more like “pool” since there’s a lot of synths involved again, but the bands has a more active role as well.  It’s upbeat and rather catchy, so I’m definitely enjoying this song quite a bit.

8. transient

Ending off the 2nd mini-album, transient is once again totally different from everything else.  It’s a ballad, but the arrangement is like bizarre and oddly cool.  I wish I could explain it, but it’s just so experimental and yet it fits with Yumi’s soft vocals which also shows she speaks English as well. 

 

 

While it is the longest of the 3 mini-albums, I actually think it’s my favorite as well because there was so much put into this and each song had something to give…yes even Aimai no Soreru.  I’ll have to admit, transient was a freaky way to end air feel, color swim.  All in all, listen to this mini-album *RECOMMENDED*

 

school food punishment – school food is good food

Filed under: school food punishment — solarblade @ 9:21 pm

Track Listing

  1. close, down, back to
  2. pool
  3. set low, fine
  4. snap
  5. Ukabi Agaru
  6. Tooku Hako no Naka

1. close, down, back to

Beginning sfp’s career off, close, down, back to is definitely one of those songs that’ll catch you pretty quickly.  Unlike their major singles released, this song is very different.  There’s the band of course and Yumi who sounds pretty soothing with the just as ethereal sounding arrangement.  While there isn’t a lot of the band, like guitars and stuff…there’s a lot of synths involved which is cool.  Such a hypnotic opening to a mini-album.

2. pool

As we leave the effervescent opening track, pool is more of what we know and love from the group since moving to a major label.  pool still though carries the hypnotic flow that made the previous track pretty awesome and pool does it even better.  At least we get to hear all the members actually participating this time which is probably why I like this song a tad more than “close, down, back to”. 

3. set low, fine

Ok, we’re finally getting out the ethereal stuff into songs that sounds like it would fit in the singles.  It really reminds me of “butterfly swimmer” in a lot of ways.  I mean the interesting melody is definitely a part of it, but to me this song feels like a beta version because there isn’t a whole lot going in the song which is meh.  Yumi’s vocals are kind of cute in a way, but I guess it’s because of the silly music.  It’s got attitude and I like that.

4. snap

While I haven’t really heard an actual ballad from sfp, snap does a good job showing off the groups strange way with dealing with music.  I like the loud scooping sound the opens up the song.  It’s nice, but I’m not liking the backup vocals here because he doesn’t really sound right with Yumi.  Other than that it’s alright, but a little boring for me.

5. Ukabi Agaru

The fastest song off the mini-album, Ukabi Agaru places the listener back into the more interesting, feel-good songs and I kind of like because it’s actually normal and not stretching the experimental side of the group.  They did a pretty good job here as well and it’s strange that I like Yumi as a vocalist a lot more than normal.  Pretty good song!

6. Tooku Hako no Naka

Ending off the mini-album, Tooku Hako no Naka is another ballad-type from the group.  It kind of stands out because it makes itself sound like a lullaby and with Yumi’s softer vocals she’s somewhat having a hard time keeping herself in tune and it oddly doesn’t work for me.  I do like the small electronic fill-ins that pass by quietly.  It’s slow and melancholic, but I feel this did a great job at closing the mini-album off.

 

 

school food punishment’s debut mini-album is definitely not of the normal I’m used to.  I can see why many people really miss this side of the group because their first mini-album is quite good.  A little vocal issues, but it’s nothing that has been already worked on since then.  Good work here 

 

Kana Nishino – Best Friend

Filed under: Kana Nishino — solarblade @ 8:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Best Friend
  2. ONE WAY LOVE
  3. Kon’ya wa PARTY UP

1. Best Friend

Finally a Kana song that doesn’t make me want to punt something across the room.  Best Friend still might have that generic and cheesy vibe going on, but it’s actually kind of cute in a way.  Even when Kana goes into high note mode she doesn’t sound as weak and airy like her previous efforts.  Not a bad song and I’m starting to really enjoy listening to it.

2. ONE WAY LOVE

For the B-sides, ONE WAY LOVE has a harder beat going than in “Best Friend” and that’s definitely a plus.  It’s pretty chill though and flows pretty nicely.  I have to say that I was getting somewhat bored of the sameish arrangement, but the bridge and chorus is pretty catchy and the synth parts that were added across was cool to hear.  I think I might like this song more than the A-side.

3. Kon’ya wa PARTY UP

Why is it that the single is going from chill to dance towards the end?  Kon’ya wa PARTY UP really has an exciting arrangement and is borderline electropop with all the knickknacks that I hear in the song.  I’m not sure why but this song is definitely something epic going on here because it’s fun, got amazing beats and is peppy.  Definitely the best the single has to offer.

 

 

As much as I bitched about “Motto…” and “Dear…/MAYBE”, Best Friend is the best single released so far in the era.  I like the fact that the single got progressively better and really hit a good spot with Kon’ya wa PARTY UP but as a full single, I was finally seeing the hype around her and she’s got good tunes! 

 

Tsuki Amano – Hikari no Circus

Filed under: Tsukiko Amano — solarblade @ 3:04 am

Track Listing

  1. Hikari no Circus

1. Hikari no Circus

I find it pretty interesting that Tsukiko (now Tsuki), decided to come back into the music league quietly with Hikari no Circus.  While her music isn’t entirely the same all-around and she hits basically most genres, Hikari no Circus is rather a cute song with an interesting mix of strings and electric guitar.  It seems that Tsukiko’s vocals are somewhat weaker than what they were on her last single “Zero no Chouritsu”, but I guess she wanted to be soft hence the overall feel.  Not bad, but she’s got better songs.

 

 

It’s funny that artists like to say they’re retiring from the business, but majority of the time they always come back (even though melody. needs to return now!).  In Tsukiko’s case it’s somewhat weird she erased two letters and released this as a damn picture song, which I still don’t overall understand.  Not bad, but go back to regular singles!