Te wo Tatake
Te wo Tatake (Instrumental)
Matroska Live Ver. (bonus track)
Hologram Live Ver. (bonus track)
Ame no Blues Live Ver. (bonus track)
1. Te wo Tatake
After the rather serious “PASSENGER” era of A-sides, it’s a nice change to hear more of a brighter and upbeat NICO song. Tatsuya even sounds like he’s having fun in the song and his vocals are loud and just full of life…seriously if it wasn’t for his vocals, I’d say I was listening to an ikimono-gakari track hahaha. Seriously it’s so random from the band but I really liked this somehow!
So the B-side of the single is not as light and spazzy like “Te wo Tatake” but it’s still a little brighter than stuff in their last era and yet I get this serious vibe from listening to Tatsuya’s powerful vocals. It has a strange feel though but I think it makes the song sound better and stronger. I’d say that it’s just as good as the A-side…listen to it!
3. Matroska Live Ver.
So one of the versions of the single comes with three bonus tracks containing lives of songs performed at at ZEPP Tokyo. The first tune up is one of the album tracks from their last album, “PASSENGER” and the energy is still blasting through my speakers. This song has not lost any of its rockin’ steam and it sounds great live!
4. Hologram Live Ver.
The next two tracks are songs I’ve not heard yet. Hologram was released as the band’s 5th single since becoming a major label group and from the sound of the live, I could see myself enjoying the studio version. It isn’t as hard like “Matroska” but more like “Diver” but there’s a good riff and Tatsuya sounds stable and straightforward and not taking risks… (well until he shouts to the crowd LOL).
5. Ame no Blues (Live Ver.)
I didn’t think they’d go that far back in their music catalog to do a live version of Ame no Blues (which is off their debut mini-album, “Walls Is Beginning”). I kind of looked shocked seeing the near 7 minute time length of the song and wondered why it was so long. Ame no Blues is quite bare-boned and very slow-moving especially when the rest of the band joins Tatsuya after two minutes pass by. Somehow the song starts feeling like a lullaby and I kind of doze off after 4 minutes…just too slow and draggy…
Te wo Tatake starts off NICO’s 4th era on a good note…different…but good note. Te wo Tatake was actually good because it’s uncharacteristic of the band to pull of such a happy-go-lucky tune but it was done very well. Sokudo was also quite good for a B-side and goes back to their usual style so there’s consistency there. The lives were good for sure, especially Matroska and Hologram (Ame no Blues suffers from sleepy disease). I’d say this was a solid single!