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Saori@destiny – Domestic domain June 21, 2011

Filed under: Saori@destiny — solarblade @ 5:49 am

Track Listing

  1. BEATBOP
  2. Domestic domain
  3. GAMBA JAPAN
  4. COLLAGE
  5. OFF THE WALL
  6. Pray
  7. Klaxon

1. BEATBOP

Lulz at the trumpet opening the mini-album.  Anyways, this opening intro feels like a cluttered idea put together because there’s a lot going on in the arrangement and some things inserted from previous D-topia songs.  For being about 2:40 in length, it’s a bit much but the fact Saori has lyrics in the song is nice and I guess it makes for an alright intro to the album.

2. Domestic domain

The actual first full track is the title track and I kind of enjoyed this song because it sounds like something I would’ve expected on “WORLD WILD 2010” or “WOW WAR TECHNO”.  The great thing I noticed was the interesting addition of guitar that slightly reminds me of a more toned down guitar riff from Aira’s “Robot Honey”.  This song is actually quite catchy to listen to for sure.

3. GAMBA JAPAN

The next song was freaked me out because I never heard something like this but it sounds really unique with everything going on.  The weird synths, and the weird filters on Saori and co’s voices.  It does sound like something that would be more of a celebratory tune but it also has this weird arranged style that does feel like it’d fit “WORLD WILD 2010” but that’s alright because I think I’m loving this song right now.

4. COLLAGE

I will say that I loved that “GAMBA JAPAN” flowed into COLLAGE smoothly but sadly, I’m kind of annoyed with COLLAGE here.  I think it’s the very repetitive line that lasts way too long when it starts.  After Saori’s opening lines it does turn into a disco track, but it feels like it lacks energy and speed so it feels tiring to listen to.  Add in the airy vocals from Saori and it just doesn’t seem to bode well for me.  Probably my least favorite of the mini-album, plus 5 minutes is way too long for this song.

5. OFF THE WALL

Just like the title suggests, OFF THE WALL is a bit true to it’s title.  It’s like a jazz/funk fusion of a song and I enjoyed this mixture when I first heard the preview of it on YouTube.  It’s relaxing and yet easy to just sway your hips with the groove of the song.  I think it did its job for sure and is another favorite here.  Though what really gave the title is that the lyrics basically mention various 80’s songs which is quite unique for something like Saori to do (I mean she has crazy ass lyrics too but this is almost like what Momoi Haruko did with “Sunday early Morning”.

6. Pray

Who’s the guy that opens up Pray?!?  Anyway, Pray to me sounds like a more chilled out version of “OFF THE WALL” by taking the funk out and giving it a more slower tempoed track.  To me it’s kind of boring and doesn’t really lead anywhere big so it’s just essentially there.  Meh…

7. Klaxon

Closing the mini is Klaxon which is isn’t an immi cover people!  I can only wonder why Saori repeats ~tell me why~ so many times at the start and then uhm….well some fast singing.  Is it Saori rapping or what?!?  I love the beats for this song though and that it builds into something danceable quickly.  Closed the mini on a good note in my opinion.

 

 

As this is Saori’s first release since the transfer to D-topia UNIVERSE, Domestic domain isn’t Saori’s finest material released in form but I must say that lyrically it’s a much brighter look to Saori’s music.  About that as well, I felt this was more or less…a continuation of “WORLD WILD 2010” but that didn’t bother me because I loved that album and some of these songs would fit perfectly into it while others were a bit boring at times.  I hope both Aira and Saori pick themselves up for their next releases…

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HYNA – TARATIKA

Filed under: HYNA — solarblade @ 4:37 am

Track Listing

  1. TARATIKA
  2. Burnin’ Up
  3. Kidzuite

1. TARATIKA

Ugh, I’m surprised that so far this year we haven’t really had some sexy romp for an A-side and luckily it took only until June til we got a fun one with HYNA’s debut A-side, TARATIKA.  At first glance it’s really similar to Lady Gaga’s big hit, “Telephone” because of the arrangement being a mere mirror version of it.  However, the song is still pretty hot and HYNA does a good job making the arrangement her own.  Also, at first I thought HYNA was Kuu since their vocals sound close enough but perhaps a bit deeper.  I got to say, for a debut this track is pretty hot…and oh yeah ~you’re a loser, you’re a loser, you’re a loser~

2. Burnin’ Up

I’m surprised the next song has a bit more oomph to its arrangement and I love the flurry of synths in the song a lot more.  Also HYNA’s vocals aren’t as deeper as it was in “TARATIKA” and it’s also a good move for her because the song just sounds busy and sexually charged.  I will admit that I’m not that big of a fan of the chorus, but otherwise a fitting B-side.

3. Kidzuite

Then again, I wasn’t expecting a ballad to close out the single, but then again I slightly was because a single full of sexual songs is a no no xD.  HYNA’s vocals are quite nice to listen since her vocals are strong and she has a steady tone that I just like.  The arrangement is full, but at the same time missing some energy, but it’s passable.

 

 

As a new artist, they have to have a standout song to make them quite noticeable and I think with TARATIKA, she’s done that (but mostly because of the raunchy PV that adorns the song).  I like the single overall and gives us a nice look into what possibilities she has in the future if she continues to release music.  Good start for HYNA!!!