future nova -album edit-
Densha, Suberi Ochiru, Headphone
futuristic imagination -album edit-
Beginning the album with a short introduction. signal is just what the group is, synth elements, piano, and some other stuff. While to me it seems all jumbled up and doesn’t really lead anywhere until the end where it leads into our first vocal track.
Entering our first new song, goodblue heaviliy, and I mean heavily reminded me of a more band-based version of one of their older songs “pool”. It could be the exact drum lines and mood, but I do love Yumi here being a faster song. I actually liked the more surreal feel of the band and they really captured that in this song, but I don’t fully understand the fluttering sound that appears in the chorus and stuff…it could be that Yumi says ~fly~ but I’m not sure. Still good first track and already I have hopes of the album.
3. butterfly swimmer
As the 2nd A-side of the era, butterfly swimmer was so relaxing of an A-side when compared to the rest of the era. I don’t know why but the electronic elements mixed with a ballad feel to make it sound so oddly more surreal than “goodblue” really made the transfer more smoother. Once Hidai actually comes in and ups the tempo and energy of the song things just get immensely better and so much more amazing. To me this song was what sfp needed!
4. future nova -album edit-
To be honest the primary A-side of the last single of the era really picked up when the singles before were stretching new grounds and with future nova, it really threw the band back to what they did best. I love the more upbeat songs from the group and it’s loud and full of cool beats and electronic inserts. Now this is an album edit and the only noticeable change I notice is that it actually ends and doesn’t fade out like it did on the single. Still one of the more exciting songs off the album.
5. Densha, Suberi Ochiru, Headphone
Back into the new songs, Densha reminds me of the more abstract songs off majority of the band’s singles. The off-beat arrangement and odd time signature really throws me head for a spin trying to make sense of the tune whether it’s good or just a horrid trainwreck. At least after the oddball verse, the chorus fixes it up but only temporary as we’re thrown back into the strangeness. I’d like it more if it wasn’t for the oddness of the arrangement…but the chorus is awesome!
6. light prayer
As the 4th A-side, light prayer to me came as a softer hitting “futuristic imagination” but quite more exciting because of Yumi’s performance mixed with the awesomeness of whoever was playing the piano in the song. It’s a very adventurous tune, especially with that explosive chorus. One of the more memorable songs of the era IMO
7. after laughter
Out of the 5 singles released for the era, I thought after laughter was one of the weakest A-sides. Like, I can say the song was pretty catchy and the verses were pretty bouncy and full of sound. However, it’s that chorus that just feels too much for me and somewhat sloppily put together. It could’ve been the amount of sound that was going on mixed with Yumi’s higher vocals that kind of made things unsettling. It’s alright, but meh.
I find it hilarious to know that the actual time of the song is 05:28…Not sure what the title really means in the song, but the opening more calm setting was a nice touch after all these exciting songs before this. To be honest, the song right now has the least amount of electronic influences and that’s alright but did the song have to be so mellow? Not that it’s bad or anything, but I would’ve liked to hear a song without the synth stuff. Good song though, just something I wouldn’t listen over and over again.
I guess that’s why we have something like Kakenukeru to really boost my interest back up because it’s more of like an electronica track because of the steady beat and more sudden pulses that pulls me in. Of the English lyrics splattered across the song, I thought the whole ~high speed, high speed~ stuck out in my head more. Add the strings and it made a pretty great song. My favorite out of the new tracks tbh.
10. futuristic imagination -album edit-
We have an album edit of the era’s first A-side and it opens up quite differently with a strings intro, but it leads quite epicly right into the normal cut of the song which thank god wasn’t touched. It was my first song to listen to and I’m still amazed how powerful and how talented this band really is with songs like this. Yumi’s performance always kept me on my toes in this song so I have to say it’s one of my favorites.
If “deviswitch” had been more like it’s title, it’d be exactly like this song because line was really surprising and pretty damn hardcore when compared to previous songs on the album. I’m surprised this song actually sounded more rocking than “futuristic imagination” and somehow I knew they were gonna play their ace somewhere in the song and line really hit that mark for me. Chaotic and loud, this was pretty damn amazing.
As the last “new” track, Percentage is actually chilled out like “04:59”, if not even more slower. The main difference is that there is a lot more electronic influences even some auto-tune is introduced in the song which threw me off, but it’s not heavy. Other than that, this very ethereal setting was charming and the screeching bridge was very interesting nonetheless. Good slow song, but not to the point where it got boring.
13. sea-through communication
Ending off the album with the era’s 3rd A-side, sea-through communication really sounded like something YUKI would’ve pulled off in the “JOY” era. I was just surprised that it wasn’t like anything else at the time of release because it was more pop-related than the previous singles. At least it was upbeat and fun and full of life.
Song of Avoidance
To be honest, school food punishment really scored with their debut album. All the songs brought something amazing to the table and showcased the band’s rather unique sound and I’m amazed I found something I enjoyed about each of the 13 songs of the album. I mean there’s two songs that were under, but not enough to be rather avoiding much. Perfect album? pretty damn close to it to be quite honest.