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TEMPURA KIDZ – Tenkomori October 20, 2015

Filed under: TEMPURA KIDZ — solarblade @ 8:15 pm

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Track Listing

  1. CIDER CIDER
  2. Happy Natsu Matsuri
  3. LOLLiPOP
  4. Suki da Suki da Daisuki da
  5. Donna Toki mo.
  6. Tabecha Itai no
  7. Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ
  8. Miira Killer
  9. ONE STEP
  10. Mask Mask
  11. Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

1. CIDER CIDER

Finally!  While “ONE STEP” might be their debut A-side, CIDER CIDER was the first song done by the group (even had a PV to go along with it).  Opening up with opening a cider can and pouring it in a glass (seems like that’s a thing whenever a song has the word cider in it).  I love the arrangement though as it’s bouncy and fun to rock your head, but the distracting vocals which were HEAVILY computerized and were really robotic and sort of difficult to tell what they were saying (think Alvin & the Chipmunks but more gritty).  It’s grown on me and having a good clear version helps too!

2. Happy Natsu Matsuri

Moving to their 2nd single, Happy Natsu Matsuri definitely sounded like a hyperactive matsuri song which fits the group.  Like “CIDER CIDER”, the arrangement pulled me in quite nicely!  It does definitely make me think of Kyarypamyupamyu (the group and Kyary have worked together before).  The chorus is a bit safe, but it’s quite cute and catchy.  Also you can really tell the difference on the work done to their vocals versus the previous track, that’s for sure!

3. LOLLiPOP

Then moving to their 3rd single, LOLLiPOP was quite recent and hearing this is actually nice and ironically shows the least amount of auto-tune/filters on their vocals and they sound pretty decent as a group and can handle a tune naturally.  A lot of this song is based around repetition around the title (especially the chorus where it’s incessant).  They even throw a pseudo-rap/dubstep section which threw me off ahaha.  It’s definitely grown on me like “Happy Natsu Matsuri” but it still does overstay its welcome after repeated listens.

4. Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!

I thought they were going to slow down for the next track (our first new song!).  It does slow things down after “LOLLiPOP”, but it’s still upbeat and poppy.  I’m liking the group singing together here along with some electronic influences on their vocals.  I actually love this sound of this track and the bright vocals and innocent feel it has just caught my attention…definitely a good song early on!

5. Donna Toki mo.

I’m surprised they didn’t include the other B-side, “Strobe” on this album hmmm.  As the B-side from “Happy Natsu Matsuri” we were given something that was more familiar in their early times.  Like “Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!”, it’s upbeat and bright, but this was treated a little more EDM-like due to the group’s vocals being under filters and such.  I do like the song though, despite not having a strong hook to it.

6. Tabecha Itai no

Funny enough, this song was the group’s lone digital single so it was my first time listening to this one.  Starting off with drums, Tabecha Itai no ends up turning into this kind of electronic and cartoonish kind of track.  It’s really difficult to really tell what’s going on vocally, I kind of dug it and fits nicely after “Donna Toki mo.” with a kind of airy-ish arrangement.  Though the there’s some interesting dubsteppish parts too…kind of distracting but humorous in its own right.  Weird song!

7. Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ

The opening of our next new track is pretty unique and I thought it was cool!  Actually the song in its entirely is quite unlike what they’ve released because the tune sounds shuffled and all the members get solo lines which is unheard of yet from the group.  It’s rather catchy and silly for sure, but suits the group almost perfectly…wow!

8. Miira Killer

Next up is the B-side from “LOLLiPOP” and was the group’s collaboration with Charisma.com, Miira Killer was an unusual song but it definitely fits this album with all the other bunches of randomness that’s happening.  I love the arrangement mixing with the EDM and punk vibes to give this cool song.  While I don’t think the group is featured as much as the duo were, it’s still a decent track and one of the standouts.

9. ONE STEP

As the group’s debut A-side, ONE STEP on this album does seem a bit weird because of its straightforwardness and overly synthed vocals like “CIDER CIDER”, but I still think this was a pretty awesome song (the choreography in the PV was extremely impressive for youngsters).  It’s still a good sparkly dance track and has a bit of character within it…plus it was the first TK song I heard sooooo.

10. Mask Mask

Then we jump to one of the two promotional songs (the other was “Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ”).  Instantly, the chord progression reminded me a LOT of “ONE STEP” but the synths are a bit more gritty.  There’s nothing wrong though, but this song is pretty cool too and it flips from filters and natural voices.  I do think the main girl singing in this song has a thin voice, but I kind of enjoyed here.

11. Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

The album closes off with Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi. and it begins with marching drums and a regal opening.  Though once the group starts singing, the tune becomes rather young sounding and the synths and EDM kicks things into a cutesy gear.  Once again it seems solos are handed out, but after a while the song’s overly sugary sound kind of turns me off lol.  Meh song!

Tracks Recommended

  • ONE STEP
  • Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!
  • LOLLiPOP
  • Miira Killer
  • Mask Mask

Song of Avoidance

  • Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

Getting into the group’s first album, I was wondering if they were going to do good and for the most part, Tenkomori was a pretty good album!  A lot of fun songs to be had and while the group aren’t amazing singers, they did just fine and was surprised that they let up on the filtering and auto-tuning when compared with their early releases.  I’d say I hope they continue strong because this album was decent!

 

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