Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende
Soukyuu (off vocal ver.)
Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende (off vocal ver.)
After the randomness of their last A-side “Aoi Haru”, Soukyuu comes as a pull back into stuff that brought me into their music in the first place. To me it’s definitely like a more hyperactive “Spiral” with less control in the music from KATSU and even less controlled vocals from atsuko. She seems to love to fly over the scales and just overrape her vibrato to awkward notes. I don’t know but it just seems she’s been getting worse since “Alternative” was released.
2. Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende
There’s hope yet though since atsuko clears up her whatever she was pulling in “Soukyuu” and does so much better for the B-side which is a flowing ballad of sorts. It’s a very dramatic piece especially after the quietness of the beginning. Once the song starts to open, more Arabic-like instruments are thrown into the arrangement and it gives it this interesting sound like they’re in a cave or something. It’s great for sure doesn’t really force atsuko to do something out of the ordinary.
Ending out the year with the third single of the era, Soukyuu follows along a line of faulty A-sides here recently and this one right now kind of takes the cake over “Aoi Haru’s” child-like atmosphere. If atsuko’s vocals weren’t jacked up so much in the song, I’m sure it would’ve been executed better. As for Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende, it doesn’t overpass last single’s “Tsunaga Room”, but it’s definitely a strong enough song to have been an A-side with its Arabic touches and steadier vocals from atsuko…I wonder what their concept album is going to be like now….