First Sight feat. Daichi Miura
1. Mata Itsuka
lecca and ballads seem pretty strange since we all know lecca’s vocals are quite unique in the J-pop world. As it was the era’s first digital single, Mata Itsuka opens things on a nice note with a cute melody and marching riffs in the song. However, lecca’s vocals aren’t really for these slower songs since she likes to use her vocals to give a weird twang like her saying mata itsuka comes off more as ~mater itsukeeeeeer~ it’s gonna take a while to get used to that for sure, but she sounds good in majority of the song. It’s alright, but has some oddities.
Yeah, ballad mini-album my ass, ELDORADO is definitely not what I’d call a ballad at all. It’s definitely something I would’ve expected on “Power Butterfly” because of the whole reggaeton kind of sound that’s in the song. I actually even admire this song because it’s upbeat, catchy and just fun overall and lecca sounds like she’s having fun as well. Though the random fiddle solo was a bit out of place I must say. Still, amazing song!
As the second digital single released, slowed down again and is probably the closest thing to a ballad we’ll get here. I like the more acoustic sound we get from the song since it feels like someone’s walking through the streets. lecca sounds nice still, but there’s something about her vocals that don’t seem to connect to more slower songs. Maybe it’s just me…iono.
4. past is
Going back to something that’s a little more catchy, past is is slightly more up-tempo than “credit”, but it’s still considered more of a slower song. Combining the beats with some underlying electric guitars gives things an interesting twist for sure and the piano going up and down through the entire song is nice as well. lecca once again sounds nice and this time around her vocals actually fit here…but it’s still kind of needs a boost of tempo, I think.
5. First Sight feat. Daichi Miura
Hey, another collaboration featuring the natural beauty, Daichi Miura? He sure is getting around a lot these days huh? Then again, whenever I see his name, I immediately think that the song is going to be danceable and oddly enough First Sight is pretty upbeat…maybe not to the degree of “ELDORADO” but enough. I do think lecca overpowers Daichi whenever the chorus is playing, but their solo parts in the song are great! I think I like this song a lot right now.
As the final and title song, Hakobune starts off with some bongos before it turns into a more lighter version of “credit”. It’s the kind of song you’d expect to hear on a sunny day and I kind of enjoy it a little bit. Otherwise, it’s a nice closer, but I don’t remember it like some of the other songs.
3rd mini-album, Hakobune seems like more of an extension of what “Power Butterfly” showed us and while I liked it there were a few problems, mostly with getting used to lecca’s vocals again. The other thing is…if this was supposed to be a ballad project…they really kind of didn’t get the memo that it should be slow hahaha. The faster the songs, the better IMO here…