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lela – Hadaka no Tsuki March 23, 2011

Filed under: lela — solarblade @ 5:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. Freedom
  2. Hadaka no Tsuki
  3. Hikari
  4. Mune no Oku
  5. Suki Touru Kaze
  6. Tenshi no Koe (darkwave version)
  7. Koe
  8. Hadaka no Tsuki (dub step mix)

1. Freedom

Opening with a weird mix of acoustic guitar and flute, lela’s first song Freedom does a good job showing us what lela is all about and her voice sounds quite nice and sort of unique.  It reminds of Dido’s vocals but in Japanese for some reason.  I think Freedom is a good track and it kind of does put the thought that the mini-album was going to be light.

2. Hadaka no Tsuki

Our next track is of course the title track and I was surprised to hear what I would like to believe is bagpipes in the song!  It’s still pretty much light otherwise and gives lela more space for her vocals more than in “Freedom”.  Her voice sounds pretty much more radiant as well given this kind of hopeful feel to this track.  It’s different and I kind of liked it.

3. Hikari

As weird as the opening to Hikari was, it’s fitting for such an abstract artist to be honest.  I also felt the change in tones for this song, her voice sounds a bit more higher in pitch but not too much, just enough to be noticeable.  It’s still abstract as a song, but this song doesn’t truly do much for me and I kind of pass it up.

4. Mune no Oku

They just keep coming huh?  This track does seem to bring the tempo up a little bit, but I noticed lela’s ehtereal vocals a lot more than the music this time around and I kind of get lulled into her soothing vocals and light arrangement.  It’s a pretty song and just is so heavenly of a song to be honest.  Sweetness!

5. Suki Touru Kaze

5th song in and we get into something a little more interesting yet keeping this Irish-feel.  The use of synths in the song surprised since she used natural instrumentals in the previous four tracks.  lela’s vocals feel even more ethereal than back in “Mune no Oku”.  It’s a really nice song overall and relaxes me at least quite a bit.

6. Tenshi no Koe (darkwave version)

Whenever I think of darkwave, I immediately think of Aural Vampire’s music which has a lot of oomph…though I’m not sure what the producers were thinking because it doesn’t really sound darkwave…it’s more like rock…basic.  BTW, I wonder what the original Tenshi no Koe sounds like because this kind of feels quite awkward.  It’s just lela’s vocals really don’t mesh well with the guitar-based track. 

7. Koe

As the final new track, Koe, like “Hikari” is pretty quiet of a song and it kind of loses in the long run since the arrangement is pretty vacant and left poor lela to carry the song on her shoulders.  I got really bored of the song very quickly let’s just say.

8. Hadaka no Tsuki (dub step mix)

Closing the mini-album out is a remix of the title track and boy it’s a remix.  I mean I wasn’t fully expecting a remix to happen and it’s strange that there’s a lot of synths and some of the original arrangement is sprinkled on (like the bagpipes).  It’s an interesting take of the song and I like it a little bit, but I still prefer the original more.  Also I thought the remix was going to on for the whole 8+ minutes, but the remix ends at 4:30. 

After a lengthy bout of silence, we get an unnamed hidden track and it carries the synths and smooth sound for a good portion.  lela seems to just be ad-libbing.  To me it’s kind of unnecessary and just made the closing to the album a bit boring. 

I think lela’s debut mini was quite an interesting one.  Her voice oddly reminds me of another artist I review, RURUTIA’s and they both have this kind of airy and open kind of sound that makes their music stand out.  However, lela’s arrangements kind of do get a bit one-dimensional places and sound yawn-infusing but it’s not a bad debut TBH.

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