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FLOW – INNOSENSE February 10, 2017

Filed under: FLOW — solarblade @ 6:06 am

innosense

Track Listing

  1. INNOSENSE
  2. Amida (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20>
  3. EGO (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Honoo no Jin / Takamatsu DIME 2016.11.22>
  4. KA-ZA-A-NA (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20>
  5. Kaze no Uta (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20> (Anime edition only)
  6. BURN (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Honoo no Jin / Takamatsu DIME 2016.11.22> (Anime edition only)
  7. INNOSENSE -Instrumental-
  8. INNOSENSE -TV Size-
  9. INNOSENSE -TV Size -Inst.-

1. INNOSENSE

What a way to kick off the A-side, it’s probably one of the more intriguing introductions to an A-side I’ve heard from FLOW since…well I started to listen to them!  Being tied to the Tales of Berseria X anime, INNOSENSE is a lot more cool and true to the group’s sound as an intro song.  While I hear a lot more of KOHSHI in this track than I was expecting, the small amount of KEIGO isn’t too bad as the song is really more focused on the band and the powerful arrangement.  It also shows the band with a much harder and yet softer side to their growing sound.  Definitely an impressive song and sticks out a lot more than “Kaze no Uta” and “BURN” did!

2. Amida (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20>

The rest of the single is filled with live versions of different songs, to be honest, I didn’t recognize any of the 3 tracks ahead, which is not surprising.  Now with Amida & “EGO”, I don’t think they were found anywhere else in their discography.  Amida does sound like something the band would’ve done in their more crazier days.  I’m a little surprised by the muffled chanting/yelling at the beginning, but once that clears away, the song ends up being catchy as hell and it just is FLOW at their best.  I wonder if this’ll be on an upcoming album (here’s hoping so!).

3. EGO (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Honoo no Jin / Takamatsu DIME 2016.11.22>

Like I said above, not sure if this was an already established song for the band, but EGO feels like it’s taking its sound from “BLACK&WHITE” as its rockin’ sound mixed with synths just seem to come from that era.  I do think it’s a bit more chant heavy and for pumping up the crowds more than “Amida” does.  It’s also quite catchy too and makes me wonder why live versions before studio versions.

4. KA-ZA-A-NA (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20>

At least this track (through some searching) actually has a studio cut, surprisingly enough the original was on their 2002 indies mini, “Like a Rolling Snow”.  I wasn’t expecting them to reach that far back to perform this song and as its my first listen, I’m wondering how they sounded in their early indies days because it’s a lot more heavy and rockin’ than FLOW’s current style.  Add there’s some more rapping going on which is neat too!  Very cool track overall and probably my favorite of the 3.

5. Kaze no Uta (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Kaze no Jin / Osaka BIG CAT 2016.9.20>

The anime edition instead have live cuts of their last single (makes a LOT of sense considering the whole tie-in this single has.  Granted after coming off of 3 impressive lives, hearing Kaze no Uta is a different experience as the arrangement is a bit more live and the band is taking more charge.  While I still feel it’s a smidge bit uncharacteristic until the chorus, the band handled nicely and KOHSHI/KEIGO sound great together!

6. BURN (Live ver.) <FLOW LIMITED CIRCUIT 2016 Honoo no Jin / Takamatsu DIME 2016.11.22>

Likewise, BURN is pretty amazing to hear live as well.  I actually think the song was more comfortable for the band to throw out there live as it brings a nice force to the place they performed at and the band just sounds perfect and in synch with one another.  Great live version!

 

 

As the band’s 2nd single for the era, INNOSENSE might be a strange one for the group, but I quite liked it altogether.  The leading track is definitely amongst the best they released and I love FLOW’s tie-in songs most of the time as it is (which is most of their A-sides anyway XD).  While there was no B-side to be found, the live cuts are quite interesting.  With Amida & EGO, it feels like the band is starting to build an album (there’s 2 more unreleased songs they performed in those tours) and I’m already loving the idea as both tracks are pretty badass for the group.  Seeing KA-ZA-A-NA being brought back was great and shows a more intriguing FLOW of back yonder and then there’s Kaze no Uta and BURN which had to be here due to the tie-in.  Looking forward to their next release!

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