After hearing the song for a while, NANBA is still growing but at least has. I think both vocalists, MIKOTO and FUJI are still vocally boring as crazy, but at least there’s times where they try to sound feisty, but sounding like kitty-cats. The arrangement is a little bonkers given that there’s no cohesiveness in it and the drums being the same way makes it sound messy. I’m warming up to it though since it does remind me of 80★PAN! (not 80_pan).
In between the tracklist of the mini-album are all new tracks and TENJIN has a bit more energy going for it, but like I said before the vocals are less than impressive and the music is once again too messy for me but the drums sound pretty cool in the song. Yeah, not better than “NANBA”.
I think this is where their sound starts to waver from the pop/rock sound to a more experimental field and WADA is kind of the bridge between them because you can a mixture of both. Minus the dead vocals, I think WADA has something good for it and comes off as a little creepy which in this case works enough for me.
I definitely prefer their rock-influenced songs a bit more than their empty ethereal wannabe songs that just ultimately fail. I mean with a lack of an arrangement (being only synth blips and clicks) it just doesn’t work for MIKOTO or FUJI. Maybe their vocals are together most of the time, but I’m still bored with this song and idea.
I really wonder what Terukado was thinking. Out of the experimental tracks, I like OUMI because there’s a little bit of a jazz sound going for it. I mean that right their is something special, but once again there was so much percussion and this weird synth line that kind of made this song rather difficult to listen to. I mean yes, it’s got life, but not enough to make it long-lasting.
Being their first release, KIYOMIZU kind of just shows the reason I didn’t enjoy this side of them in the first place. It’s so low-key and very sparse in the arrangement that it just strives to bore you to death and it did that when I first gave them a listen (why I added them to the blog, I have no clue…prolly cuz I’m a D-Topia whore.) Anywho MIKOTO and FUJI sound even more disattatched from the music as ever and just….ugh hate it.
Let’s look at what’s wrong with this mini-album. It’s boring, the vocalists don’t sound interested in even doing this, as percussionist/KORG users, they did have a lot of that, but it was annoying and not needed in some songs. The worst thing though was that Terukado himself released the album via their official website to download (not full songs but more than 3 minutes worth). Are there any good things? Well, to me if Terukado is trying to make this a second coming of Harenchi★Punch/80★PAN! he should make it more of his job to produce them right because right now this is really sloppy for both Terukado and MIKOTO & FUJI…I don’t mind if they don’t go electro on us like Aira or Saori but shit keep them away from the low-key experimental hippie-shit!