My Favorite Monster
DIVE TO FANTASY
1. Neo Fantasia
Somehow, I’m not surprised the duo would open the mini with an introductory track. LM.C has such interesting intros/interludes and Neo Fantasia isn’t straining away from that. It starts with a twinkling melody before the cellos come in and adds a little beat to it. Then more strings add another layer to the intro…it’s fitting to the title and just pretty all over!
2. DOUBLE DRAGON
Moving into the first single to represent the mini, DOUBLE DRAGON is a pretty relentless song from the duo even though it is coming off the coattails from “STRONG POP”. It’s a pretty cool song and it still stands out in a great way. Impressive track to get things rolling.
3. Chameleon Dance
Surprised we’d leave the rock for more of an electro-rock track with Chameleon Dance and I was instantly pulled into the song. maya of course is singing with his characteristic voice with inputs from the synth between the spaces. Though maya’s voice in some of the song is flooded on auto-tune which might throw some off, but honestly this song is one of the standouts and I enjoyed it a lot!
4. Kinjirareta Uchuu.
When I first listened to the next track, I was kind of brought back to earlier albums with the band having a playful side to them and I felt like the fact the song focused mostly on maya and Aiji (and not a lot of other sounds) was nice. Though sometimes I do wonder how the song would’ve felt if there was more backbone present. Though I do like the plucked strings and clapping beat the most…interesting tune.
5. My Favorite Monster
Interesting that it’s led into the 2nd and last A-side they released before the mini because it also has a certain Halloween-esque profile about it. I do like that like “Chameleon Dance”, this song has a more synthetic drive to it, plus maya sounds a lot more lively in this song and the tricks within this tune is pretty cool. Great song!
It’s a little odd that our next track would be the lightest of the songs and odd coming after “My Favorite Monster” but it’s a nice break from the group’s harder songs. Aiji’s crying guitar lines add a nice depth to the song and maya is just laidback and just letting his vocals float through the song. It’s a chill song from the duo and it’s a nice enough tune, but the more upbeat stuff is better lol.
I would’ve thought “mono-logue’s” sound would’ve been in DREAMscape. It sort of has a dream arrangement mostly because of the fluttery piano lines. Though the chorus is such a try at a power ballad because it’s harder than the verses and maya is yelling it out. It’s probably the weakest track off the mini, but it’s not a tragedy.
8. DIVE TO FANTASY
Closing things out, DIVE TO FANTASY decides to finish it off with a brighter arrangement and a little more of a poppier sound. To be honest, the song is kind of flying over my head since it doesn’t bring anything totally interesting to the table. It’s sounding like it would’ve been better as a B-side than a track on here (or a throwaway song on a full-album).
LM.C has had a pretty busy schedule and was surprised they would release a mini-album with two singles preceding it. At first, PERFECT FANTASY was going great and had nothing going on…that is until the final 3 tracks in where I felt they kind of burned off the great sound they were pulling for the first 5 tracks. It’s a nice mini-album, but not perfect lol.