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SAWA – Ijippari Mermaid July 14, 2017

Filed under: SAWA — solarblade @ 5:30 am

ijipparimermaid

Track Listing

  1. Ijippari Mermaid
  2. Koishite Hoshikute
  3. SetMeFree feat. Arisa Noto
  4. Colorful World
  5. Oboroge Dancing Interlude -KOTO Toui Kakekko-
  6. Oboroge Dancing
  7. Wanna Be a Wana feat. MIRI from Lime Berry
  8. CandyGirl Interlude -YANAKIKU Uchi Kubi no Ran-
  9. CandyGirl

1. Ijippari Mermaid

As the leading track of the mini-album, Ijippari Mermaid instantly gave me some new wave 80’s vibes with the upbeat synth melody and bass lines.  Just from that intro, the song really had me interested and I love this style for SAWA even if her vocals are still kind of here and there on pitch.  Still, the song is a good way to open this mini.

2. Koishite Hoshikute

It seems that this mini will continue with this 80’s theme, but this one feels a bit early 90’s pop too which is kind of unusual.  In some ways, I like the bubblegum pop I feel like this is trying to give, but some of the song feels jerky and SAWA once again doesn’t sound all that great (especially when shes trying to be melodic with backups).  It’s just not my thing.

3. SetMeFree feat. Arisa Noto

Oh wow, SAWA doing a duet with Nocchi? (she was a former Hello! Project member, namely Ongaku Gatas).  Listening from the track, the tune definitely feels chaotic and loud and almost a bit like a Kyarypamyupamyu song with the frantic arrangement and absurdly cute feeling I get.  It’s definitely different and reminds me of some songs SAWA did back in her indies days.  Still, the song is BUSY!!

4. Colorful World

As the 4th track, I’m starting to feel slightly exhausted from the mini-album.  Colorful World does fit in a similar style like “SetMeFree” with its overly produced synth track and SAWA’s nasally vocals.  Though this one actually left a bit of a mark on me with weird time signatures abound and SAWA manipulating those moments.  Once again, it’s a little busy sometimes, but I can see myself getting into this further

5. Oboroge Dancing Interlude -KOTO Toui Kakekko-

As one of two interludes on the mini, I was curious because her last ones in “Odore Balcony” were kind of inconsequential in the long run.  Sadly it seems like that’s the case here once again.  The music is pretty good, fitting the mini’s overall theme.  Though the vocals between SAWA & KOTO are just the two talking to each other, so it really flies over my head.

6. Oboroge Dancing

Why does the beginning of Oboroge Dancing remind me of a casino level in a Sonic game?  Eh, anyways, Oboroge Dancing straight up goes for a EDM arrangement here and it’s quick-paced and has a nice layer of bass to keep me tapping my feet.  It’s definitely the favorite off the mini as it has a nice balance between the music and SAWA’s vocals which while are pretty monotone, but she’s not hitting absurd notes.

7. Wanna Be a Wana feat. MIRI from Lime Berry

Another song that kind of tries to push SAWA’s experimentation out there.  Unlike the other EDM/80s songs, this one is a bit more stranger and has SAWA & MIRI rapping throughout.  I don’t know, this one is just a bit tragic and really doesn’t do much but make me cringe through its entirety.

8. CandyGirl Interlude -YANAKIKU Uchi Kubi no Ran-

This interlude is even shorter than the other interlude being at 30 seconds.  The arrangement sounds like it’s going for more of a Western vibe as I feel like I’ve heard this kind of sound in American Pop here recently.  Still a bit short and doesn’t leave much of an impression.

9. CandyGirl

As the final track, CandyGirl is continues the motif that had begun in the interlude.  I swear the opening section sounds like BTS’ “Save ME” for some strange reason.  Though like her other “cute” songs, it’s a bit unbearable due to SAWA’s nasally, squeaky voice.

 

 

SAWA is a strange one to me these days, while I do approve of her being active (and still being into dance music), her vocals still haven’t been really getting better and that’s not such a good thing here.  Ijippari Mermaid does have some good moments, but I don’t think it comes close to what “Odore Balcony” did, which is not much to be fair…can we get another “RingaRinga”

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UVERworld – DECIDED

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 4:30 am

decided

Track Listing

  1. DECIDED
  2. RANGE
  3. DIS is TEKI

1. DECIDED

UVER returns again with an interesting A-side in DECIDED.  Unlike previous singles, this one feels like a song that will be amazing to hear live from the hard performance and the synth riffs that give the tune more depth.  Add on TAKUYA’s signature voice and the track is just loud, in your face and powerful!  It’s one of their more regular tracks where it’s just the band letting loose and something that isn’t totally experimental.  It’s a pretty awesome track overall!

2. RANGE

As for the B-side, it begins as a much lighter affair with TAKUYA’s vocals behind some piano & synths.  As the song moves forward, the track shifts over into this mix of synths and a march style which is definitely putting this song in the more experimental category.  I don’t know, I thought it was going to hit a little bit harder.  It does get there once it goes into the pre-chorus and it’s still good regardless, but I think “DECIDED” knocked it out of the park.

3. DIS is TEKI

The other B-side of the single though caught my attention the most due to the fact that it’s over 7 minutes long.  Granted, most of this track is kind of like studio rambling.  The first little bit of song is kind of poppy and weird (and not sung by TAKUYA primarily).  The next bit of song is a pretty edgy song and VERY cool from UVERworld, but considering I’m not sure what song this is, baffles me.  The 3rd track and final out of this one is pretty standard UVER as well and does a good job too…though I’m wondering if this is more of a preview of what’s to come on “TYCOON”…

 

 

As the 5th and final single before the band releases their next album, “TYCOON”, DECIDED was even more awesomeness from UVERworld.  The leading track continues this line of awesome A-sides the band has been putting out for quite a while and they don’t seem to even feel like slowing down.  RANGE on the other hand was a bit disappointing on the other hand, maybe a little too out there for me, but I think it could grow on me.  DIS is TEKI is just randomness and while I’m sure there’s a reason it exists, it feels more like a medley to me.