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TEMPURA KIDZ – Tenkomori October 20, 2015

Filed under: TEMPURA KIDZ — solarblade @ 8:15 pm

tenkomori

Track Listing

  1. CIDER CIDER
  2. Happy Natsu Matsuri
  3. LOLLiPOP
  4. Suki da Suki da Daisuki da
  5. Donna Toki mo.
  6. Tabecha Itai no
  7. Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ
  8. Miira Killer
  9. ONE STEP
  10. Mask Mask
  11. Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

1. CIDER CIDER

Finally!  While “ONE STEP” might be their debut A-side, CIDER CIDER was the first song done by the group (even had a PV to go along with it).  Opening up with opening a cider can and pouring it in a glass (seems like that’s a thing whenever a song has the word cider in it).  I love the arrangement though as it’s bouncy and fun to rock your head, but the distracting vocals which were HEAVILY computerized and were really robotic and sort of difficult to tell what they were saying (think Alvin & the Chipmunks but more gritty).  It’s grown on me and having a good clear version helps too!

2. Happy Natsu Matsuri

Moving to their 2nd single, Happy Natsu Matsuri definitely sounded like a hyperactive matsuri song which fits the group.  Like “CIDER CIDER”, the arrangement pulled me in quite nicely!  It does definitely make me think of Kyarypamyupamyu (the group and Kyary have worked together before).  The chorus is a bit safe, but it’s quite cute and catchy.  Also you can really tell the difference on the work done to their vocals versus the previous track, that’s for sure!

3. LOLLiPOP

Then moving to their 3rd single, LOLLiPOP was quite recent and hearing this is actually nice and ironically shows the least amount of auto-tune/filters on their vocals and they sound pretty decent as a group and can handle a tune naturally.  A lot of this song is based around repetition around the title (especially the chorus where it’s incessant).  They even throw a pseudo-rap/dubstep section which threw me off ahaha.  It’s definitely grown on me like “Happy Natsu Matsuri” but it still does overstay its welcome after repeated listens.

4. Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!

I thought they were going to slow down for the next track (our first new song!).  It does slow things down after “LOLLiPOP”, but it’s still upbeat and poppy.  I’m liking the group singing together here along with some electronic influences on their vocals.  I actually love this sound of this track and the bright vocals and innocent feel it has just caught my attention…definitely a good song early on!

5. Donna Toki mo.

I’m surprised they didn’t include the other B-side, “Strobe” on this album hmmm.  As the B-side from “Happy Natsu Matsuri” we were given something that was more familiar in their early times.  Like “Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!”, it’s upbeat and bright, but this was treated a little more EDM-like due to the group’s vocals being under filters and such.  I do like the song though, despite not having a strong hook to it.

6. Tabecha Itai no

Funny enough, this song was the group’s lone digital single so it was my first time listening to this one.  Starting off with drums, Tabecha Itai no ends up turning into this kind of electronic and cartoonish kind of track.  It’s really difficult to really tell what’s going on vocally, I kind of dug it and fits nicely after “Donna Toki mo.” with a kind of airy-ish arrangement.  Though the there’s some interesting dubsteppish parts too…kind of distracting but humorous in its own right.  Weird song!

7. Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ

The opening of our next new track is pretty unique and I thought it was cool!  Actually the song in its entirely is quite unlike what they’ve released because the tune sounds shuffled and all the members get solo lines which is unheard of yet from the group.  It’s rather catchy and silly for sure, but suits the group almost perfectly…wow!

8. Miira Killer

Next up is the B-side from “LOLLiPOP” and was the group’s collaboration with Charisma.com, Miira Killer was an unusual song but it definitely fits this album with all the other bunches of randomness that’s happening.  I love the arrangement mixing with the EDM and punk vibes to give this cool song.  While I don’t think the group is featured as much as the duo were, it’s still a decent track and one of the standouts.

9. ONE STEP

As the group’s debut A-side, ONE STEP on this album does seem a bit weird because of its straightforwardness and overly synthed vocals like “CIDER CIDER”, but I still think this was a pretty awesome song (the choreography in the PV was extremely impressive for youngsters).  It’s still a good sparkly dance track and has a bit of character within it…plus it was the first TK song I heard sooooo.

10. Mask Mask

Then we jump to one of the two promotional songs (the other was “Suki Suki! TEMPURA KIDZ”).  Instantly, the chord progression reminded me a LOT of “ONE STEP” but the synths are a bit more gritty.  There’s nothing wrong though, but this song is pretty cool too and it flips from filters and natural voices.  I do think the main girl singing in this song has a thin voice, but I kind of enjoyed here.

11. Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

The album closes off with Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi. and it begins with marching drums and a regal opening.  Though once the group starts singing, the tune becomes rather young sounding and the synths and EDM kicks things into a cutesy gear.  Once again it seems solos are handed out, but after a while the song’s overly sugary sound kind of turns me off lol.  Meh song!

Tracks Recommended

  • ONE STEP
  • Suki da Suki da Daisuki da!
  • LOLLiPOP
  • Miira Killer
  • Mask Mask

Song of Avoidance

  • Acchi, Kocchi, Socchi.

Getting into the group’s first album, I was wondering if they were going to do good and for the most part, Tenkomori was a pretty good album!  A lot of fun songs to be had and while the group aren’t amazing singers, they did just fine and was surprised that they let up on the filtering and auto-tuning when compared with their early releases.  I’d say I hope they continue strong because this album was decent!

 

TEMPURA KIDZ – LOLLiPOP September 23, 2015

Filed under: TEMPURA KIDZ — solarblade @ 3:45 am

lollipop

Track Listing

  1. LOLLiPOP
  2. Miira Killer

1. LOLLiPOP

If you want to talk about a catchy song, LOLLiPOP kind of ranks up their for TEMPURA KIDZ.  I’m loving that the vocals of the group aren’t as filtered like their previous singles had them so it feels more natural (well as it can get because the song itself is pretty dance-heavy as their stuff has been otherwise.  I’m a little surprised that there isn’t a whole lot of depth to the song especially with the chorus is repeating the title over and over again.  Still with that being its biggest fault, it’s still catchy and while it’s not as good as “ONE STEP”, this is definitely better than their last single.

2. Miira Killer

Now I’ve heard this song back when it was released but didn’t review it due to it being a digital single and looked more like it was a Charisma.com song (which by the way, this song is a collaboration between the two units).  Listening to it again, I was enjoying the kind of weird 80’s New Wave glow it had plus it sounded a little punkish in some areas.  At first it was hard to figure where TEMPURA KIDZ fit in the pieces because I heard a lot more of Charisma.com here.  Though they are there in the choruses and some lines so it’s a good collaboation in the end!

As the 3rd and last single before their first album, “Tenkomori” releases, LOLLiPOP is a pretty good single for the group!  The main song is really catchy and can easily become an earworm after giving some time and Miira Killer (while old) is a nice coupling song as well giving us a different feel with a collaboration.  Definitely curious to see how this album will turn out!

 

TEMPURA KIDZ – Happy Natsu Matsuri September 10, 2013

Filed under: TEMPURA KIDZ — solarblade @ 9:57 am

happynatsumatsuri

Track Listing

  1. Happy Natsu Matsuri
  2. Donna Toki mo.
  3. Happy Natsu Matsuri -TV edit-

1. Happy Natsu Matsuri

I was wondering what had happened to this group and they came back with a new release.  Happy Natsu Matsuri actually sounds a bit more youthful when compared to “ONE STEP” and the arrangement has more of a traditional Japanese flair about (then again natsu matsuri does mean summer festival).  I can actually can see this song being used in DDR for some strange reason hahah.  The breakdown is a bit odd, but it works as well (similarly like “ONE STEP”).  Overall, this might not surpass their debut, but the song is quite cute for them…oh yeah the voices…they sound more like one of the gals are singing XD.

2. Donna Toki mo.

The B-side of the single at least is new and the beginning made it sound even more fantasy and child-like but the beats and synths jump in the song to turn it more technopop.  I do kind of think this song is different enough from “Happy Natsu Matsuri” to stand out but it’s kind of strange that I feel that it’s so much like a cute idol pop song.

 

 

As their 2nd single, I was kind of letdown a little bit with the single.  I mean “ONE STEP” was a great track but Happy Natsu Matsuri doesn’t really strike me as anything totally special, but at least it’s something.  Donna Toki mo. on the other hand is a bit chiller but at the same time cuter than anything they’ve done so far.  I wonder what they’ll do for their next single.

 

TEMPURA KIDZ – ONE STEP May 7, 2013

Filed under: TEMPURA KIDZ — solarblade @ 1:01 am

onestep

Track Listing

  1. ONE STEP
  2. Strobe
  3. ONE STEP -TV edit-
  4. Strobe -TV edit-

1. ONE STEP

Even though this isn’t their first song as a group, it is their first A-side so I was kind of interested.  ONE STEP really sounds something different even though they’re from the same label as Kyary and Yun*chi.  ONE STEP is definitely a technopop song and it has the usual things going on like a bunch of synths and auto-tune vocals from….someone who I assume is P→★ (who is the only male and lead of the group).  The other 4 members don’t seem to do anything in the singing area.  I really do love the Japanese breakdown and this song is incredibly catchy and is better handled than “CIDER CIDER”.

2. Strobe

Released two months prior as a digital single, Strobe was chosen as the B-side of the single and funny enough it sounds like a clone of “ONE STEP” (or the other way around).  I mean the synths sound similar and some of the melodies are just as.  At least the vocal melody is different but the members singing sound a bit more high-pitched on the auto-tune/vocoder.  The problem here is that it doesn’t have a strong hook like “ONE STEP” does so I feel this was definitely a much weaker track!

Being ex-dancers to Kyarypamyupamyu, I was surprised they formed a music unit on their own and especially making the youngest member (a guy) their leader was even stranger.  Luckily, they are under ASOBISYSTEM so it shows they’ll get a good push and become popular maybe.  ONE STEP was a great debut and showed off their dance style (fierce as hell!).  Strobe wasn’t as good, but it’s a good B-side for them!  Hope to see more from them in the future!