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angela – Soukyuu December 27, 2010

Filed under: angela — solarblade @ 5:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Soukyuu
  2. Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende
  3. Soukyuu (off vocal ver.)
  4. Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoende (off vocal ver.)

1. Soukyuu

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….

 

Kaya – Madame Rosa no Shoukan

Filed under: Kaya — solarblade @ 4:58 am

Track Listing

  1. Madame Rosa no Shoukan
  2. Madame Rosa no Shoukan -Kayaless ver.-
  3. Madame Rosa no Shoukan -Remix-

1. Madame Rosa no Shoukan

As the third of the A-sides that’s based on a certain someone, Madame Rosa no Shoukan is surprisingly upbeat for someone that was terrible if you know what I mean right?  I swear the synth melody at the beginning reminds me alot of Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” but slightly different especially in the last few measures of it.  Besdies that, Kaya keeps his tradition of his electro roots for the song and it’s dark and easily danceable.  It’s actually not that bad of a song, but I’m not sure if it’s a step above both “Ophelia” or “Awilda”.

3. Madame Rosa no Shoukan -Remix-

After going through the instrumental of the song, we’re treated to a remix of said song as well.  While it does such that we don’t get an actual B-side from the single, the remix of Madame Rosa is definitely a lot more underground electro than the upbeat nature of the original.  Of course, there’s so much synth and filters going on that the song kind of loses focus in places, but the pulsating beat keeps me intrigued for most of the song. 

Kaya must be getting close to an album release I hope.  Like I said, it was pretty disappointing to find out that there’s no true B-side to the single, unlike the previous two, but Madame Rosa no Shoukan continues to show Kaya’s ability to do what he does with electro music and do it well.  Being as this is about a very cruel person, it’s a bit odd that it’s set to something so upbeat.

 

Lia (Veil) – Kokoro ni Todoku Uta

Filed under: Lia — solarblade @ 4:30 am

Track Listing

  1. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta
  2. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~
  3. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta (Instrumental)
  4. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~ (Instrumental)

1. Kokoro ni Todoku Uta

If Lia has permanently changed over for a more folkish sound ala Haruka Shimotsuki, Kokoro ni Todoku Uta would definitely fit either artists since both have the right vocals for it.  The jolly arrangement is anot much of a surprise after her last single, “kizunairo”, but it’s a lot more festive and colorful and for that deal, it’s a great A-side from Lia.

2. WHITE and SHADOW ~Mugen no Rinbu~

As the single’s B-side, WHITE and SHADOW kind of still has that small folkish sound going on, but the music is much more quieter and more along the lines of a ballad, but with Lia’s pretty strong vocals.  Sometimes her vibrato does hinder her on the scale of things, but for such a quiet song, it’s very pretty and made for a good B-side.

As the 4th/5th (depends on who you’re asking), Kokoro ni Todoku Uta is a pretty good single overall.  The title song is very much like a peppier and more exciting version of “kizunairo” and I liked that she stepped it up after that while WHITE and SHADOW was a much more stronger song and B-side than the last few she released.  Though with the Veil title, it makes me wonder what that exactly is….a character?  Or something entirely different?