- end of refrain
- ego-izm (instrumental)
- end of refrain (instrumental)
Right from the start with Ryo’s wild keyboard melody and the switch to using strings in the arrangement, I knew I was in for ride with the band. ego-izm sounds just like school food punishment down to the core and I’m kind of liking the energy of the band together and Yumi sounds just like you would expect her to sound. Definitely a wonderful song and just a has a lot of great moments through it.
2. end of refrain
The first B-side shows the more experimental side which I was elated to see not lost on la la larks’ debut. The deep synths mixed with those blips of acoustic guitars are just soothing and really leaves an interesting feel in my mind. Yumi sounds lively and bright in the song and mixing in the arrangement wonders, I just fell in love with the song! Some of it reminds me of “Kakenukeru”, but this is pretty impressive!
Interesting that it’s the only song that doesn’t have an instrumental on the single. earworm is even more lowkey than “end of refrain” with its etheral feel and the light vocals from Yumi. I’m not sure what that light clanking is supposed to be, but after a while it’s replaced by otherworldly sounds that gives this uncertainty kind of feel about it, but it’s definitely an experimental pull. Very interesting indeed.
Did school food punishment really disband though? XD. What happened was that they did actually disband because Yumi wanted something else, which might not transate well going into la la larks as it’s her, Ryo Eguchi (the main producer that’s done a lot of sfp’s stuff) and three new members (basically dropping the remaining two members from sfp altogether). As their first single, ego-izm really feels like we never really lost sfp and the core sound remained intact (which is a pleasant thing to know). All three songs are really nice songs to listen to and hope there’s more in the future from them *RECOMMENDED*