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4TE – Leave A Message January 26, 2016

Filed under: 4TE — solarblade @ 6:27 am

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Track Listing

  1. Leave A Message

1. Leave A Message

Wow, what a shift of style when it comes to their 3rd song, Leave a Message.  It’s definitely taking a different ride by having a mix of this funky 80’s vibe with its bass and the flow has a certain K-pop meets J-pop meets club banger!  I think the mix is pretty damn classy and just shines a new light to the group.  I have to say though Jenny’s rap is just bangin’ and is a VERY edgy and sassy rap at that (which is not something that’s done as well as this in other J-pop groups).  I also liked Chii’s addition too (she’s kind of reminding me of Rika Ishikawa of former Morning Musume fame, from the cute, innocent, but sharp attitude, though she has a much better tone overall).  I did notice Mei in the bridge and Micchi towards the end which is great as they show some nice line distribution as well!  Great song and a nice departure from the last single.

 

 

As the groups 2nd single, Leave A Message like I said is a total departure from their debut, by being edgier, sassier, and just taking names!  I was surprised of the switch of sound, but I think it shows variety in a group and this means 4TE can really handle a good portion of styles.  The tune is just a true club-banger and their producer,  PromWolf is probably someone I should follow as this song is just really good musically!

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4TE – M O R E/Ippo Zutsu

Filed under: 4TE — solarblade @ 5:59 am

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Track Listing

  1. M O R E
  2. Ippo Zutsu
  3. M O R E (Instrumental)
  4. Ippo Zutsu (Instrumental)

1. M O R E

Opening quietly with a lovely solo from Mei, I wasn’t expecting the track to move from a slow start to a nicely paced electropop sound in amongst the veins of D-topia (well was D-topia) and a little bit of Perfume, FEMM and even FAKY.  I really found myself mesmerized by the arrangement and even the quartet managed to pull me into their world with a cool, but sensual sound too.  Could I say that Chii’s little sung monologue was just awesome and fits the tune like a glove!  I do find that Mei, Micchi, and Jenny also brought a nice overall sound.  Overall, it’s a pretty catchy song and I was surprised at how together they feel as a group at debut!

2. Ippo Zutsu

With the other A-side, Ippo Zutsu has more of a floaty arrangement that definitely sounds a bit more familiar towards like Yun*chi and some of the indies acts that I follow, but that’s alright with me!  Vocally, it’s a bit safe including those auto-tune/filters which usually only fit these electropop songs, but I think it gives the song a more cuter vibe as oppose to “M O R E’s” more dance style.  I do notice there’s a lot of Mei in the song and Jenny/Micchi having secondary here, but the auto-tune makes it slightly difficult, but at least they’re doing melodies to seperate the two so it really makes a lot of sense otherwise.  Fun and dreamy tune here!

 

 

As the group’s debut, I was surprised to see that the group while 4-members strong are actually far apart as Mei lives in California while the other 3 live in Texas.  I wouldn’t have known that if it wasn’t for the PVs for these songs (especially M O R E).  The single itself is actually really pleasant, while treading on the current sounds of technopop, it’s still something I always welcome!  I can definitely see myself just tapping my toes or nodding my head listening to both.  Can’t wait to see what’s next for the group!