My thoughts on the debut single from Yukueshirezutsurezure.
Release Date: August 24th 2016
1. Six Fall Roar
2. Nietzsche Tono Gikyoku
3. Chigiri Hirari
So August was a pretty wild month on the site huh? I think I ended up writing 10 articles and 50% of them were about Brand-new Idol Society or Zenbu Kimi no Sei da. Sorry to everyone who isn’t a fan of either of those groups, I’m sure it wasn’t the most enjoyable month for you. Don’t worry though, that variety that I promised is coming starting this week.
Well, technically the variety starts with this review anyway. I mean, Yukueshirezutsurezure are the sister group to Zenbu Kimi no Sei da so it’s not like I was totally lying or anything. They’re pretty different musically too so you know, variety right? Hey, it’s not my fault this is how the release/publishing schedule worked out.
Anyway, this week I’m going to be writing about the debut double a-side single from Yukueshirezutsurezure. I really enjoyed their EP that came out back in May, which you can read all about here. That was my first introduction to the group and they made a good impression on me. Hopefully they can continue to do so with this single. Let’s find out.
We should probably start out with the first song listed on the tracklist. I honestly couldn’t tell you what a “Six Fall Roar” is, if it even means anything at all. However, what I can tell you is that this song is Yukuetsurezure in their comfort zone and playing to their strengths. If you listened to any of the songs from their EP, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this song. That is, some great melodies with a lot of screaming mixed in to make things interesting.
That being said, I wouldn’t say that this was one of my favorite Yukuetsurezure songs from their small catalog of music. It’s still an enjoyable listen, don’t get me wrong but I guess it just came off as being a bit lacking for some reason. I don’t know what it is, but maybe I’m just used to Yukuetsurezure songs being a bit more intense and catchy than this. The instrumentals, like most Japanese produced instrumentals are very good and the vocals are to the usual standard of the group but this song didn’t really hook me like some of their other songs do.
Next up we have “Nietzsche Tono Gikyoku”, hey wasn’t Nietzsche a German philosopher (among other things) or something? That’s quite the reference there if that’s what they were going for. Anyway, if I wasn’t really feeling the previous song on this single then I’m happy to report that my thoughts are the complete opposite when it comes to this one. This is the Yukuetsurezure that I love right here on this track.
Let’s be honest though, there isn’t really that big of a difference between this song and “Six Fall Roar”. However, the small differences that are there are key to me enjoying this song more. There’s a lot more energy and intensity involved in this song, and the heavier style of instrumental definitely gets most of the credit. More than that though, the vocals are a bit more catchy and the screaming/shouting is much more prominent and in your face. It’s actually quite interesting when you stop and think about it.
The single’s b-side “Chigiri Hirari” closes things out on a much more calm and soothing note than the song that preceded it. There’s no shouting or screaming to be found on this track, which is likely a great thing to hear if all of that loud, rambunctiousness isn’t very pleasing to your ears. I think it’s pretty impressive that Yukuetsurezure can do songs like this as well as their harder style while still managing to keep everything cohesive.
Basically, melodic vocals and bright sounding synthesizers rule the day here. The instrumentals have a great beat to them, giving the song a very upbeat sound and tempo. It’s very easy to bob your head along to this one which as you all know, is something that I think is the mark of a really good song. Throw in some catchy vocals and there’s no way I’m not going to love whatever song it is that you’re playing into my earholes.
Okay, so for those of you keeping score at home, I make that one good song, one really good song and one great song. That’s not a bad outing in my book. I guess it’s slightly disappointing when a title track doesn’t really connect with you quite as well as you’d hoped but when the other two songs more than make up for it, it’s hard to feel too bad about it.
Yukuetsurezure continue to impress me as they develop as a group. It’s still pretty early in their career but what they’ve been doing so far has been great. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch them live when I’m in Tokyo in November. It’s doubtful that they’ll release anything else this year but I’d say 2016 has been a success musically for Yukuetsurezure and I’m sure 2017 will see the group develop even further. Oh yeah, actual variety next week. I promise.
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