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Etsuko Yakushimaru – Yamiyami/Lonely Planet December 4, 2012

Filed under: Etsuko Yakushimaru — solarblade @ 10:49 am

yamiyami

Track Listing

  1. Yamiyami
  2. Lonely Planet
  3. Yamiyami (Off Vocal)
  4. Lonely Planet (Off Vocal)
  5. Yamiyami (TV Size)

1. Yamiyami

There’s something about Etsuko that gets to me with her songs.  Yamiyami has some weird things in it like glock and accordion and the song just sounds really devious and sneaky behind it’s young nature.  I guess it’s something that just really impresses me.  As for Etsuko, she’s quiet like she usually is in her songs and it adds the cute factor to the song.  Interesting song overall…

2. Lonely Planet

Why is the other A-side 16 minutes long?!?  That really shocked me since I never knew Etsuko could pull a song that long.  The song does have a lonely feel it with electronic picking in the background while acoustic guitar acts as the main organic instrument.  During the song you can tell the song is adding more to its instrumentation to get more interesting and strong which impresses me a lot.  After the peak moment it does go into a rather lengthy instrumental which is mainly the reason the song is REALLY long.  Then it starts to slow itself down and Etsuko returns to kind of close it out before it gets two slow and ends…strange song…a bit too long for its own good, but one can wonder if she’ll shorten it if there is an album.

 

 

5 (or 6) singles in and still no sign of an album?  Etsuko you gotta get on that!  Yamiyami/Lonely Planet is one of the better singles I’ve heard from her and that’s good.  Yamiyami is cute but mischievous and I like that about the track…it’s definitely unique for Etsuko (but then again her solo discography is unique as it is lol.  Lonely Planet though was a lot to take in for a 16 minute song…I think if it makes an album, it should definitely either not appear or get shortened big time!  Good single overall though.

 

Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra – Nornir/Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere October 6, 2011

Filed under: Etsuko Yakushimaru — solarblade @ 7:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Nornir
  2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere
  3. Nornir (off vocal ver.)
  4. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (off vocal ver.)

Bonus CD

  1. Nornir (Ametsub remix)
  2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (DJ BAKU remix)

1. Nornir

I wasn’t expecting Etsuko to go out of her way for Nornir which starts nice and smooth but quickly moves into this quick-paced mix of guitar band and an orchestra while Etsuko is singing in her serious whispery tones.  I didn’t think the song was kind of gonna have this rather anime-paced feel and I liked it.  Though once again I do admit she doesn’t have strong vocals on here because she sounds flat when she sings out and that’s a no-no.  I will say as this is her most serious song yet (though I havent heard her first two singles) I must say this is kind of impressive work!

2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere

As for the other A-side, the xylophone really sent me into a sweet place for this song.  Add in the brass and it’s kind of like a pseudo-bossa nova kind of tune and I kind of enjoyed it since it favored Etsuko’s vocals a bit more even though she has problems getting those high notes but she’s still kind of enjoyable.  I think I enjoy this tune better than “Nornir” but they are pretty good.

3. Nornir (Ametsub remix)

I guess if you get the single you get a bonus disc with two remixes (one each of the title tracks).  First is obviously Nornir’s and a 7 minute remix might be a normal thing to artists but damn I didn’t expect such a strange and abstract kind of remix that’s very atmospheric and wacky and yet suits Etsuko just fine.  About 2 and a half minutes in, the original percussion melody joins in for a little bit but then fades out.  It’s a strange lil remix…and seriously? Coin blips? 

4. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (DJ BAKU remix)

The remix for the other A-side sounds totally different from the original take that it might bother some people because there’s warped strings and some weird breathing from Etsuko at the beginning.  To me it feels a little more like a hip-hop thing because the rhythm of the song kind rolls that way.  It’s kind of a weird dub-steppish remix but I don’t really enjoy it lol.

 

 

I wonder if she’s gonna keep using the Metro Orchestra for future releases since this single sounds really nice (talking about both of the A-sides here).  The bonus CD with the remixes is definitely failed work and should be avoided.  It’s my favorite single Etsuko has released that I’ve reviewed so far…hmmm

 

Etsuko Yakushimaru – Lulu/Tokimeki Hacker May 24, 2011

Filed under: Etsuko Yakushimaru — solarblade @ 10:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Lulu
  2. Tokimeki Hacker
  3. Lulu (off vocal ver.)
  4. Tokimeki Hacker (off vocal ver.)
  5. Lulu (tv-size)
  6. Tokimeki Hacker (EOG only)

1. Lulu

I’m not sure what to really think about Lulu.  I’m still new with Etsuko’s music, but I wasn’t really sure that a song like this was going to pop up as her fourth A-side.  It’s sickingly adorable, but it oddly fits Etsuko’s vocals.  It does grow into something that sounds silly, but cute at the same time.  It’s not bad and it’s kind of lulzy in a way.  A lot more memorable than “COSMOS vs ALIEN” at least.

2. Tokimeki Hacker

However, as an experimental artist she is, I leaned more towards the other A-side this time.  It’s got this odd dance style going and it’s a fun song to listen even though Etsuko isn’t really singing much, but whatever, the arrangement saved her ass in this case since it’s upbeat and filled the headphones better.  Though I do question the repetition of some lines since it gets a little much after a while.  Abstract song for sure!

3. Tokimeki Hacker (EOG only)

I seriously don’t understand the final track on the single because it’s not a “tv-size” version like “Lulu”.  It’s like really freaking taking various parts of the song and throw them in rapid succession to make a short version of it.  I can’t say it isn’t original in the least and there’s parts that I can hear vocals during the cutting and pasting.  Still, why was it done though???

I wonder if an album is next for Etsuko but either way Lulu/Tokimeki Hacker isn’t that bad of a single, but it definitely does throw away what I thought of her on the first single I reviewed from her.  Lulu is one of the more cuter songs and while I’m not fond of those uber cute songs, this one works with Etsuko’s rather quiet vocals so it wasn’t too off.  I will say that Tokimeki Hacker tickled my fancy just a lil more since it’s danceable and is fun.  The EOG only track was freaky and makes me wonder what’s going on there.  Good single though overall ^_^

 

Etsuko Yakushimaru – COSMOS vs ALIEN November 17, 2010

Filed under: Etsuko Yakushimaru — solarblade @ 10:10 pm

Track Listing

  1. COSMOS vs ALIEN
  2. Nanchatte the World
  3. Wool wa Yukkuri Yume wo Miru ka?

1. COSMOS vs ALIEN

For my first outing listening to Etsuko, COSMOS vs ALIEN (besides the rather strange title) is kind of surprisingly not what I expected to hear.  To me it sounds a bit cutesy and somewhat different with the light strings and pop kind of feel to it.  About Etsuko’s vocals, they are one of those vocals that you either love or hate.  For me it reminds me a lot of YUKI’s vocals which are like whispery and airy, but has this slight cute tone to it.  It does fit the style of the song, but it’s lacking some power though.

2. Nanchatte the World

Sad, because Nanchatte the World could’ve been extravagant if Etsuko actually sang with a more powerful tone than her whispy tones (which are even more obvious than in “COSMOS vs ALIEN”.  Though I’ll admit the synths and such are a bit of a surprise seeing as the previous song would’ve been better with some.  It’s a fun and cute little song though.

3. Wool wa Yukkuri Yume wo Miru ka?

Damn, how quiet can Etsuko get?  Wool wa Yukkuri Yume wo Miru ka? is probably the most downtempoed tune on the single and yet it’s got this dreamy feel that makes me feel calm and sway to the song.  I’m not sure why, but I’m surprised a song like this would make me feel so chilled out and Etsuko’s vocals really put that idea down-pat and I ended up loving it.

Given that this is Etsuko’s 3rd single, COSMOS vs ALIEN is the first things I’ve heard from her and while her vocals are gonna need some time to sink into, she’s got a different kind of feel and I enjoy that (especially for someone to go a start a solo career in 2010).  To me, the best song is easily the last one since it just melts into your skin and just makes you lull down.  Nanchatte the World is cute and the synths even more and that turned out well, but something about COSMOS vs ALIEN was off…but it could just be the YUKI-ness of it.