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moumoon – NEWMOON March 12, 2019

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 4:42 am

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Track Listing

  1. Yui Tsumuni
  2. Catharsis
  3. One Time
  4. LED
  5. Hitotsu Dake,
  6. Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou
  7. Afureru Hikari
  8. I can fly high
  9. Dream in Paris
  10. Heartbeat
  11. Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora
  12. Eternal
  13. Love Song
  14. Yes
  15. Love, unbreakable

1. Yui Tsumuni

Opening the album, a nice strings melody kicks things off and I find myself kind of liking the tone of the song already!  YUKA does sound a bit more alive in this song and her voice is as fluffy as it has been.  It really does remind me of the most back to basics sound they began with as a duo.  That said, its simplicity made it quite cute and refreshing…definitely a nice track to kick things off.

2. Catharsis

At first I was kind of wondering if there was going to be more fluff like what happened on “Flyways”, but YUKA sings Catharsis in a lower tone in its verses before lightening up and the tune brightens up.  Kind of reminding me of a BONNIE PINK song (well, many of them).  Actually, this song is rather catchy too and I think YUKA pulled off a better performance here.

3. One Time

Kind of an interesting tidbit for this album, all of the songs that are bolded are because all of those songs were released in compilations they did through the last couple of months.  Though it seems all those exclusive tracks made the album’s tracklist.  One Time is one of those tracks and this one definitely gives me slight “Flyways” feels, but it also sounds a bit like the previous two tracks with its main acoustic pop sound.  Not bad, but not memorable either.

4. LED

The last of the new songs, LED is quite the oddball song of the 3 new songs mostly because it’s a little more electronic than the others (something I’ve kind of missed for a while from moumoon).  It’s also a bit complex of a song which is a nice change of pace.  It might’ve been Masaki’s musicality, but I definitely dug this song even if it does feel longer than it actually is!

5. Hitotsu Dake,

So the remainder of the album are songs that were previous released, but considering I never got any of those compilations, they’re all new to me.  Hitotsu Dake, is kind of harkening back to when moumoon did cuter songs like “moonlight” and the like.  YUKA’s light and airy vocals really suit that soft-spoken vibe it gives.  Not bad and I’m happy the duo brought this sound back.

6. Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou

Next up, we have another acoustically driven pop tune with Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou and it’s a bit more progressive than the previous ones I’ve heard so far and this also reminds me of moumoon of yore which is a nice throwback and YUKA sounds pleasant and a bit stronger in the vocal department as well!  I was definitely surprised by this one and its an early favorite here!

7. Afureru Hikari

This song was actually also released as a digital single (before this Four Seasons compilation release happened).  At first, I was expecting a ballad out of this one, but it quickly builds itself to a rather upbeat pop track with piano/strings tacked on to it and I was surprised as it reminds me of stuff like “DREAMER DREAMER” and I kind of enjoyed the feels of this…even more than with “Watashitachi wa, Hikari wo Erabou”!

8. I can fly high

Then we run into I can fly high which begins by YUKA singing pretty calmly and positively like the song would suggest.  It does feel a bit minimal compared to other songs on here, but it has this kind of dreamscape vibe (like songs from “No Night Land” actually).  The song is OK, but doesn’t quite reach the levels of the previous two tracks.

9. Dream in Paris

With the jingling bells and wintry tone, Dream in Paris is definitely from “winter moon” and it shows it blatantly as the song sounds a LOT like other moumoon songs they’ve done with this in mind.  It’s got a boppy vibe to it and screams Christmas to me, but I’ve kind of liked their wintry songs and while this might not be their strongest one, the tune does a good job of sticking to me!

10. Heartbeat

Another synth heavy track comes in this way with Heartbeat and this one takes pages from stuff like “Yes/No Continue?” and “Love is Everywhere” by being upbeat and poppy with the synth beats and arrangement from Masaki.  I was happy to see a song like this one the album as I craved this on the last album and didn’t receive it.  It’s catchy and really sticks out to me (like “cocoon” did).

11. Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora

After the peppiness of the previous track, I was mildly surprised to see that they’d slow things down for Kin no Sabaku, Gin no Hoshizora for another minimalistic approach here.  Though I’m happy things can a bit more interesting in its chorus, but it definitely once again gives me “Flyways” vibes which I didn’t truly care for too much.  I do like the verses though…but that chorus is just bland to me.

12. Eternal

Another synth track?  I kind of enjoy whenever moumoon decides to experiment, but Eternal is something else completely…working with abstract time signatures and just an otherworldly sound overall.  I am rather curious to know what was behind creating this song because it’s unique and just interesting even if the rhythm is obscure and hard to follow sometimes.

13. Love Song

After that, things seem to go back to normal with Love Song which goes back to the pop/rock vibes that songs from like “LOVE before we DIE” & “PAIN KILLER” mostly had and Love Song is kind of a bit more sullen and straightforward for me.  Not the strongest track off the album, but this is pretty middle-of-the-road.

14. Yes

Ohh the glossy synths that open Yes caught my attention because this is the track before the final one and Yes is kind of cool and slick of a pop track.  It gives me some 80’s nostalgia, but then the chorus is just fluttery and light and just puts me in a good place!  I’m not quite sure why but despite not being a hard dance track, it’s just enough to get me to sway and move with it.  YUKA sounds sweet too, even if she spends most of the song in the higher registers of her voice.

15. Love, unbreakable

As the final track for the album, Love, unbreakable kind of ends the same way it opens with an acoustic pop track with a nice beat behind it.  After “Yes”, jumping back to YUKA’s more middle range is nice and relaxing.  Like I said with “Catharsis”, I feel BONNIE PINK in this setting and I enjoyed it…but I think I like the former better.  Still, a very nice way to close things out!

Tracks Recommended

  • Yes
  • Heartbeat
  • Afureru Hikari
  • Eternal
  • Catharsis

Song of Avoidance

  • One Time

Doesn’t seem too long since “Flyways” was it?  Well, we’re finally here with NEWMOON and boy was it a much better album than the aforementioned by a long shot.  With a lot of variety to be found here, NEWMOON’s best assets definitely came from that and pulling from their different albums for a kind of best-of sound-wise.  Though, it is worth mentioning that 4/5 of the album is considered old material (by that a couple months), but at least these are on a physical disc now and not just digital-only.  So overall, NEWMOON is a pretty good album overall…sadly Masaki has taken a hiatus, so I wonder what will come next for YUKA!

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