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moumoon – Flyways July 7, 2018

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 6:15 am

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Track Listing

  1. Flyways
  2. Serendipitous
  3. Triangle
  4. BIG FISH
  5. Koe
  6. Let it shine
  7. Circulation
  8. Yasashii Yami
  9. Reflection
  10. Hana Saku Basho
  11. Heart
  12. Hikari no Kage

1. Flyways

As the title track to open the album, Flyways feels like a nice organic first track with a nice acoustic-based sound with some bass and YUKA’s pleasant vocals that fly throughout the track.  I always seem to appreciate her singing in English a lot more than she did before (kind of reminds me of BONNIE PINK in a way).  Solid song to open the album!

2. Serendipitous

More of the same continues with Serendipitous but the song is a bit more alive and active in a way?  The arrangement keeps the acoustic guitar for the most part and the bass isn’t quite in the forefront as it is in “Flyways”.  Not quite sure if I like YUKA’s higher range in this one.  Does remind me of something back in their early days, but not quite sure.

3. Triangle

At least it feels like there’s a different sound for our next track.  The tune feels a bit more busier with some other instrumentation filling the holes of the song and I welcome the slight tribal-like instrument in the background with piano at the front.  Still not quite an energetic track for me, but at least its a shift after the previous two tracks.

4. BIG FISH

Not surprised that the only CAPS song is also the longest track off the album (over 6 minutes), BIG FISH seems to pull us back into the breezy acoustic pop sound.  YUKA of course is also singing in a higher register and alongside this dream-like state of a song, it’s kind of relaxing in a way, but that said, 6 minutes of a song like this might be stretching it too far and for me it kind of makes me lose focus.  Just went a little too long for me.

5. Koe

Slowing down, Koe seems to be a ballad for the album and right from the start YUKA opens with a nice English line with some piano.  Koe though kind of stays in the same place for its entirety, though there’s some sprinkling of some other instruments (and bass).  I do like how it grows into a bigger song and it’s like they kept the dreamscape vibe that “BIG FISH” was doing but the song is more easier to digest.  Better, but still makes me a bit sleepy.

6. Let it shine

As one of two digital singles moumoon released back in 2017, Let it shine slows things down even more by giving us a straight up piano ballad.  Well, as I thought, like “Koe” does grow into more of a piano/strings/synth ballad towards the end.  You can easily tell, the later half pleases me more than anything else, but damn the first half was just sleep-inducing.  YUKA though sounds great (she has been so far all on this album, to be honest).

7. Circulation

Oh hey, is this where we might get some fun?  Circulation is the first track on the album I heard a constant thumping beat with Masaki chiming in singing along with YUKA.  Though not quite the level that “cocoon” brought with its EDM-ish feel, it’s like a light EDM that fuses up with the light acoustic pop sound moumoon is striving for with this album.  Not bad, but so far…it may be the best the album is offering.

8. Yasashii Yami

Even more slight experimenting with Yasashii Yami with a smidge more focus on synths and beats here.  The tone of the song remains light and flowing like the album has been, but the interesting synthwork caught me by surprise.  The synth melody doesn’t budge through the song which can become repetitive, but I feel YUKA’s soft vocals keeps you going.  It’s unique, but I feel like it doesn’t quite live up to some of the standards moumoon has put up.

9. Reflection

Why does Reflection at the start remind me of “I’m Scarlet” with the acoustic melody?  Anyways, this track definitely has this night time charm about it (like “moonlight”, but not as romantically tied).  I kind of liked this though and YUKA’s vocals just once again makes me happy to hear, but this time its to an arrangement that I liked on the album!

10. Hana Saku Basho

Unfortunately things don’t quite bode quite as well with Hana Saku Basho which is straight up a piano/strings ballad with not too much to keep it above water for me.  It’s just painfully plain and typical sounding to me and even YUKA has a little vocal filtering, but not enough to do much.  It’s just a blah song.  Though I’m surprised it was a digital single released with “Hikari no Kage”…

11. Heart

At least moumoon has a cutesy song to throw on the album.  Not quite sure what it’s all about but the bouncy, repetitive nature of the song is interesting at first, but then the song is still within the lines of the piano-heavy arrangement.  YUKA sounds playful and cute though and whatnot, but it’s such an odd song to put towards the album…

12. Hikari no Kage

Closing the album, the oldest song (released digitally last year), Hikari no Kage starts off quietly with YUKA and strings and it just builds as the song goes on.  Though it makes for a good closing, the song itself just kind of wraps the album up in once more without much of the song sticking to me.

Tracks Recommended

  • Circulation
  • Yasashii Yami
  • Flyways

Song of Avoidance

  • Hana Saku Basho

If there was one word to describe the album, it’s that it’s boring.  Like the first half was reminding me of their early works, but the 2nd half was a little more experimental, but altogether, it lacks the energy of their last couple of albums, I mean there wasn’t a bop to be found or a song that has that emotional boom like what I was expecting moumoon to have, but Flyways was just one soundscapey borefest to me.  It might be my least favorite album from them yet x.x

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