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Larval Stage Planning – Stargazer September 17, 2015

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 4:50 am

stargazer

Track Listing

  1. Stargazer
  2. North method
  3. Stargazer (off vocal)
  4. North method (off vocal)

1. Stargazer

I shouldn’t be surprised that Stargazer would be an anison track from LSP, but I wasn’t expecting the song to be kind of this lighthearted cutesy track.  I do love the piano melody taking the leading sound over the kind of anison/dance arrangement here.  Though beyond that, the song kind of falls flat for me…just a little too basic for my tastes and Airi’s vocals aren’t exactly in best form (she took a cuter tone).

2. North method

Which is rather unfortunate for the B-side because it sounds just like the leading track but with a slightly heavier beat and better vocals from Airi.  North method to me does make sense because the leading track is tied to anime titled Sora no Method.  I might consider this more, but it’s not much of an upgrade above “Stargazer”.

So after the album was released, Nami & Rin had both left the group (and I’ve) and essentially left Airi to take the reins over Larval Stage Planning (why the company didn’t just shut the name down and gave Airi a solo career is curious).  The first single Stargazer is definitely bland and kind of cumbersome to me…just the generic anison trip that I’m used to hearing from other artists…I wonder if this could be a transition single for new members to join?

 

Larval Stage Planning – LSP July 18, 2014

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 2:48 am

lsp

Track Listing

  1. ♠ -the GAME-
  2. Trip -innocent of D-
  3. Dramatic Make It
  4. Meadow sweet
  5. Dreamroid
  6. Sympathy
  7. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!
  8. syzygy
  9. Re:Last syndrome
  10. Rolling Star☆彡
  11. Chapter.5
  12. Ainigma
  13. Baby☆Seven Flight colors
  14. fire just do it
  15. Send-off ~Namidairo no Start Line~

1. ♠ -the GAME-

Opening the trio’s album up, ♠ -the GAME- kicks things off on a pretty edgy note by having a gritter dark sound that the group hasn’t been known for much quite yet.  Though after the intro, the song turns into a pretty solid I’ve Sound electronic feel which is always a nice thing to see.  It’s surprising to see the three work off each other and it really has this group feel.  It’s an awesome way to open the album up for sure!

2. Trip -innocent of D-

Moving to a bunch of older stuff, we have the group’s 3rd A-side, Trip.  Like the opening track, it has a more darker side which is surprising but a nice touch regardless.  Though it also moves away from that and kind of becomes a typical guitar-fronted anison song.  It’s a little weird for me and I barely remember this song even as an A-side.

3. Dramatic Make It

Then we get into the B-side from “Sympathy” and we’re introduced to a more dance-pop side of the group.  I will say it did throw me off after the first two tracks and it’s even shocking to hear Airi, Rin, and Nami performing in a more cuter way as evident from their voices.  It’s a nice track though at least.

4. Meadow sweet

Oh hey, a random new track thrown in.  I actually enjoyed this one which is surprising to me.  It has a rather cool technopop sound and has some pretty solid vocals from the three.  Actually they are somewhat under some auto-tune in some parts of the song, but mostly they are singing deeper than they did in “Dramatic Make It”.  Definitely a solid track for the album!

5. Dreamroid

Moving onto the B-side that came off their first single, Dreamroid was a song that I loved a lot when it came out and on this album it still stands out as one of the better songs.  It’s a bit like “Meadow sweet” where the synths are prominent, but the tune felt a little more less smooth since the gals are singing in different vocal styles.  It’s still a pretty cool song but the previous song still outranks it.

6. Sympathy

It’s weird we keep hopping around styles on the album but hey Sympathy had to come somewhere.  As the trio’s 4th A-side, Sympathy never really stuck out in my mind either (to be honest, none of the A-sides have).  There’s something about this that’s missing and doesn’t catch my interest.  I mean the vocals are pretty good, but the arrangement feels like it was phoned in (more than “Trip”).  Meh…

7. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to their first major label A-side.  When I heard this, I wasn’t sure what to think where the group was going.  Like it was a lot like an anison song catered to Shoujo animes.  The vocals weren’t that impressive and the shouting of cute things was just not my interest.

8. syzygy

At least we move into some new tracks with syzygy.  It is the group’s mid-tempo track and I do enjoy the atmosphere of the song and after the previous track, I can say that the vocals just sound 100% better.  It might not be the most engaging song the album has to offer, but it’s a pretty good song to show off the group’s vocal chops.

9. Re:Last syndrome

Whoa that intro caught my attention!  Anyways, our next track, Re:Last syndrome is more of that anison/synth sound that I’ve’s been doing with recently and I kind of liked it.  Though like “Sympathy”, it’s missing something to really make it stand out and for that it comes off a little generic sounding.  At least the vocals are on par!

10. Rolling Star☆彡

Now you may be wondering why this is bolded and it’s actually because this song was their debut track.  Plus it was found on the I’ve Sound compilation “LEVEL OCTAVE” and was their indies single (which I didn’t even know happened).  So technically, this is their first A-side!  Being as this was a song that came out 2010, Rolling Star☆彡 is pretty upbeat and strikes more against the cuter side of their music.  Though for some reason it sounds actually like a nice song to listen to…much more than “Dramatic Make It”.  Definitely one of the better songs of the album.

11. Chapter.5

Our next track was the B-side from “Trip -innocent of D-” and I personally think it’s the best of the B-sides.  It’s a darker song of course and includes some familiar I’ve rhythms.  It could’ve used more impact in its chorus, but it’s a pretty memorable chorus regardless and the group sounds really good together.  Great tune overall!

12. Ainigma

Aggressive guitars open up the next song, Ainigma and it’s a doozy of a song.  The trio is singing mostly in a hushed whispery tone until the chorus where one of the members clearly has the leads.  It’s a tad messy in places and the whispery sections can get shadowed by the arrangement too.  It’s not a bad track, just kind of muddled in areas.

13. Baby☆Seven Flight colors

I instantly thought cutesy song when I saw the title of our next track and funny enough I was kind of right.  Though the intro of the song made it sound more majestic that I had expected.  Like “Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!”, this track has some overly sugar speaking lines, but most of the song is not as bad as I was expecting it.  It’s a simple anison track but it wasn’t terrible surprisingly enough.

14. fire just do it

Damn, this song begins pretty heavily with some powerful guitar chords there.  Though like “♠ -the GAME-” the song kind of goes the same route with some beats and synths and has a grittier side that reminds me of MELL/KOTOKO songs.  It’s pretty neat and the gals sound so good together (it seems like they’ve really focused on melodies with the album songs).  Overall a great song though strange it’s in the back of the album.

15. Send-off ~Namidairo no Start Line~

The album closes out with the B-side from “Rolling Star☆彡” which was also found on the compilation “SHORT CIRCUIT II”.  I wasn’t surprising because it’s a ballad so it made an appropriate appearance to close it out.  Unfortunately, the song never really stood out to me and the vocals are kind of meh.  Then again eroge ending themes really aren’t all that great (especially ballad ones).  It’s OK as an ending but otherwise meh.

Tracks Recommended

  • Meadow sweet
  • ♠ -the GAME-
  • Chapter.5
  • fire just do it
  • Rolling Star☆彡

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

I was kind of wondering how Larval Stage Planning’s album would turn out because the group had changed since their debut by focusing as a group rather than fully being three girls.  LSP is an OK album but most of the songs are kind of meh and anison-heavy.  Sadly, after the release Nami and Rin left the group leaving Airi by herself.  Whether or not the group will continue is up in the air…but really who knows since LSP isn’t a big group for I’ve.

 

Larval Stage Planning – Sympathy November 22, 2013

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 2:27 am

sympathy

Track Listing

  1. Sympathy
  2. Dramatic Make It
  3. Sympathy (Off Vocal)
  4. Dramatic Make It (Off Vocal)

1. Sympathy

I was kind of wondering where’d the trio would end up with their 3rd single and Sympathy kind of sticks to what the group has been doing since their debut.  I’m not exactly totally sure where I stand with the song because while Airi, Rin, and Nami sound a bit better than their last single, “Trip”.  If it was just one singer, I would’ve penned this as a typical anison track so the trio effect does make it somewhat better but the arrangement just screams a bit bland.

2. Dramatic Make It

Usually their B-sides seem to be the better song (as it has been on their previous two singles) and Dramatic Make It actually takes the group into more of a technopop / idol sound which is a tad strange to throw the trio into but the song has a lot of nice effects.  I still can’t exactly say who’s who…I think Rin is the one singing the higher melodies…either way, the song was made for her and I kind of liked it…still not like “Dreamroid” or “Chapter.5”.  Still, it’s the better track.

 

 

LSP finally finishes their debut era with Sympathy and like their previous singles, I’m basically feel the same way as I did with their previous…the same ole, same ole.  Sympathy is a pretty anison track and suits the three various girls.  However, Dramatic Make It is cute technopop done well and I’m happy all the B-sides make their album, “LSP”.

 

Larval Stage Planning – Trip -innocent of D- January 26, 2012

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 7:48 pm

Track Listing

  1. Trip -innocent of D-
  2. Chapter.5
  3. Trip -innocent of D- (off vocal)
  4. Chapter.5 (off vocal)

1. Trip -innocent of D-

I was surprised at LSP’s second A-side haha.  It’s not like their debut where it was all sorts of cute.  Actually it was quite the opposite hahah.  It’s a bit more rock based and we hear natural voices from the trio and surprisingly…they have great vocals which is a total surprise for me.  As for the song, it’s your typical animu theme which isn’t surprising given the whole I’ve Sound style (though not the synth style sadly).  It’s not that amazing and it is kind of lacking in areas where it needs to be buffed up…but it’s not so bad.

2. Chapter.5

I was curious to the B-side since I liked their last one, “Dreamroid” quite a lot.  Now when I mentioned the normal synth style of I’ve Sound, I wasn’t expecting to have the B-side actually be that so I’m really happy to see that here.  It really does sound like a song MELL and Mami Kawada would’ve sang but it works well Airi, Nami, and Rin.  Actually hearing the three together kind of throws a dejavu to Kalafina…but not as sharp.  Definitely the more impressive song.

 

 

Just like their debut single, Trip is overcome by the fact that its B-side is ten times more exciting.  To me, Trip just kind of fades into the background since it is just a typical animu-styled song which lacks more things than it should.  Chapter.5 however is pretty cool and fills in the gap of I’ve Sound being rather quite in recent times.  Maybe their third single can get this style to be a leading song and not waste it up on some bland track.

 

Larval Stage Planning – Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!! August 1, 2011

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 8:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!
  2. Dreamroid
  3. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!! (off vocal)
  4. Dreamroid (off vocal)

1. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

Well, let’s get things out of the way first, Larval Stage Planning is a group consisting of I’ve Sound’s three newest members Airi Kirishima, Nami Maisaki, and Rin Asami.  To the song it’s actually kind of catchy but it is pretty cute for them.  Also there doesn’t seem to very much in the sense of solos but it’s OK because they sound good together.  Still for a debut A-side, this was actually quite good and I can find myself enjoying it a lot.

2. Dreamroid

I must say I liked the B-side quite a bit because it’s more synth based and sounds like something I would’ve expected anyways.  There’s actually solos between the girls and seperately they sound amazing in they own ways.  I mean they might be more of the cuter voices of I’ve, but they fit fine and they work for each other.  I actually liked it a lot.

 

 

LSP’s debut single is pretty good for the most part and I can see myself liking them once they get more singles out there and such.  I did like Dreamroid more than the A-side since it was more along the normal I’ve style and not more of the cuter side to the company.  I can’t wait for their next release.