Hoshi no Pulse
Kiri Hito wa
Kono Koe ga Todoitara
Kimi ni Aeta Kara
Starting off the mini-album, roop is pretty interesting of an introduction since it starts minimilistically with glockenspiel (I think) before light electronic influences and riya’s ad-libs join in the fun. It’s an interesting piece since it ends with actual lyrics and at a peak point.
When I began the song, Aletheia opened up kind of like “Eden” by Kalafina XD. At least it changes up right after the opening into a light and dancey kind of song. To me, it’s bouncy and riya’s light and fluffy vocals sound pleasant to the ears and it’s kind of pretty awesome at the same time, hey, to me, this is a great start for the mini-album!
3. Hoshi no Pulse
After the bouncy atmosphere from “Aletheia” dissipates, we enter Hoshi no Pulse which could be classified as a ballad, but it has a little synth involvement in the background alongside some acoustic guitar. It doesn’t build up very well and even though riya sounds pretty in the song, it doesn’t really help that it moves a little too slowly fo me.
4. Kiri Hito wa
I guess we’re going back to something upbeat for the next track. It is a little more natural-sounding than the previous songs simply because there’s not a lot of synth stuff. It’s pretty simple in its arranging styles since it’s just acoustic-based. Maybe it’s just me but I’m not totally finding myself enjoying riya’s vocals as much, but the music was bright enough that I didn’t totally bag it. So all in all, it’s a pretty solid song.
Beautiful strings open up Lull before it turns into this quiet-moving kind of song. Of course it’s another ballad from the duo and while it’s one of the odd songs on the mini, it’s kind of pretty and the arrangement is just pretty. However, that’s when the strings appear in the song after a while because with out it, it’s a snooze-fest but it doesn’t take very long. riya has this kind of cute voice that works well in the setting (odd but w/e).
The next two songs are strange in the way that they were both A-sides…(IN 2009!!!!). Divinity is the later-released one and I was curious to what it was going to sound like. After the lullaby-like feel of “Lull” (OIC), the slight tribal-like feel of the song is kind of refreshing to me. It’s a fun song once it enters the chorus (even though riya has some notes she has to hold x.x). It carries itself just like “Aletheia” with dance beats later on…but still the chorus could’ve been much better!
7. Kono Koe ga Todoitara
Kono Koe ga Todoitara kind of seems to be strange to me. At first it was quite pleasant and majority of it does sound pretty and a bit like “Kiri Hito wa” but with strings. However, there’s some parts that really were unnecessary to the ears (mostly a few places in the verses). The quick burst of sound and strained vocals really disturbed me the most. Still, the song was nice enough right? XD
8. Kimi ni Aeta Kara
I couldn’t believe that eufonius could get even more simpler and quieter after the previous two ballads, but it seems that it happened with Kimi ni Aeta Kara which features acoustic guitar, piano, and riya’s vocals. It’s pretty damn simplistic of a song and it makes me wish there was more to the arrangement this time around.
Which is a little unfortunate that natalis is another quiet song. At least there’s backing vocals to play along with the acoustic guitar. I will say that I did find this so much more memorable than “Kimi ni Aeta Kara” just in the sense that it reminds me of some city in a Final Fantasy game (more along the lines from IX or VI). After a while, the song gets some digital clicking which is a little odd, but it’s still pretty good of a song and closes the mini on a good note.
eufonius has been quite interesting since I started reviewing them with “bezel”. I must say that that “so-called” album failed to impress me very well but with Aletheia, they actually did a lot better here funny enough. Some of the songs were a little bare, but the upbeat songs and natalis were pretty sweet songs. I’d say if there’s a solid place to start eufonius, this is a better choice than “bezel”.