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  1. Oh man, it's already time for a trade-off again? I almost missed this one completely but I'm IN
  2. ^ Great stuff!
  3. Thanks rekzer for your review! Here's the tracklist: My partner for this mysterious trade-off was @rekzer and they sent me a mix with no further explanation, just the songs. I (think I) recognized around half of these bands and I decided to put my guess for those I think I knew in spoilers after each blurb.
  4. Something came up so I will also post my review tomorrow.
  5. Made some upgrades to my PC: A full-modular 650W power supply, no trouble with that one. And then a Phanteks CPU cooler to replace my stock cooler. After installation I noticed that the cooler is being noisy. It should be around 600-1800 RPM and it's constantly going 1700 RPM. I tried to change the settings in BIOS but no luck.
  6. Interesting~ I'm in
  7. indigo's unpopular favorites of 2016 It's a little after midnight here, so basically I missed the deadline, but it's still sunday somewhere! I'm not in it for the prize really, I just wanted to get this list out there for fun so I didn't really invest in creativity, it's just a simple list. I imagine these artists won't appear on many - if any - lists. It's good to have a bit of diversity too, right? Some of these videos might be blocked for you, my apologies for that! Here are the Japanese albums I enjoyed the most last year! #1 ムニムニ (Munimuni) - A KILLS A I feel like this album would be on a bunch of EOTY lists if it wasn't for the hmm... unique vocals. I have never been bothered by his voice, though. And he uses his lower register a lot more on this mini-album anyway. I must admit the vocal melodies and delivery can be for an acquired taste. Every time I hear someone say "I love the music but can't stand the vocals" about a band I enjoy, it makes me particularly happy for some weird reason. Few of us have been waiting for new Munimuni material for ages and finally we got a new mini-album! A KILLS A is only 17 and half minutes long but it's still something. And that something is 17 and half minutes of quality music: melancholic rock with fucking awesome atmospheric, wailing shoegazey guitar. Just listen to it on BIG MONEY or NEO SONG, for example. Third song &4 is the weakest point on the album but it's still good. Sample song Highlights: BIG MONEY, NEO SONG, KOGEN #2 Age Factory - LOVE I'm not entirely sure, but I like to think that this album is about a summer, two teenagers and first love. As you know, everything feels 10 times worse when you're a teenager, especially a break up. This album has that whole bittersweet, exaggerated end of the world atmosphere. You could almost cut these feels with a knife. I simply adore the vocalist's voice, I just want to give him a man-hug and say "it's alright". It's near impossible to pick a favorite song, they're all my favorites. This album needs to be listened to from start to finish as one consistent piece of music. For me "LOVE" hit hard, one of my favorite rock albums in a long time. Sample song Highlights: EVERYTHING, maybe with the exception of Veranda #3 iri - Groove it I stumbled upon iri's music randomly. I saw the cover art and was intrigued. A few youtube song samples later I was excited. After the full album I was hooked. The album is influenced by urban music; R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop. The production on the album is smooth and groovy. The list of producers include mabanua (ナイトグルーヴ), STUTS (Wandering) and Kenmochi Hidefumi (breaking dawn, フェイバリット女子) among others. iri's voice is soulful and despite her young age she sounds mature. There's even some parts where she is rapping but she is comfortable with it, it doesn't sound awkward or try-hard. Perfect music for a night drive in the city! Sample song Highlights: breaking dawn, Wandering #4 友川カズキ (Kazuki Tomokawa) - 光るクレヨン (Gleaming Crayon) Tomokawa has been around for a long time. He's been churning out albums regularly for 40 years and I think we're close to 30 studio albums by now. He's known for his avant-folk style of music and Gleaming Crayon continues on the same line. The most well-known characteristic of Tomokawa is his idiosyncratic voice, I'd describe his technique as "coughing-your-lungs-out". It's desperate, disgusting, intimidating. Most of the time his voice is accompanied by acoustic guitar. There's also some occasional instruments; distressing drums, scary strings, sporadic saxophone, you name it but which ever the instrument, it's always a harrowing feat. Sample song Highlights: つつじ, 愉楽 #5 SALU - Good Morning I remember when I saw the PV of first single Tomorrowland and thought to myself "this is trash". Well, since then I have changed my opinion a bit, it's still my least favorite song though but the rest of the album makes up for it. The opener "All I Want feat. Salyu" is a strong one. It's nothing like "Tomorrowland". It's an emotional song, with a piano-based beat. The subdued "la la la's" which serve as a chorus are beautiful and last minute lets Salyu shine. The production on this album is great for the most part, it's soulful. There's jazzy horns, piano aaaaand I just noticed that I love to list instruments. SALU flows on these beats effortlessly and he got some good hooks. There's surprisingly lot of singing too, like on "How Beautiful" and "Lily". All featuring artists do a great job, there aren't any rappers but singers Salyu and Mika Nakashima and trumpeter Kuroda Takaya. Especially Salyu almost steals the show on her feature. Sample song Highlights: All I Want feat. Salyu, How Beautiful, タイムカプセル #6 Yellow Studs - door There are bands that I wish would evolve with every album, and then there's bands like Yellow Studs. They have basically been doing the same thing since forming - garage-ish rock with hints of jazz - never really changing their sound, and damn I'm glad they haven't! They have nice melodies, raspy vocals and great instrumentation with catchy guitars, cool upright bass and some lovely keyboard/piano. I've always enjoyed their faster tempo songs the most, and this album proves it true again. おはよう (Ohayo) is a great example, it might be one of the best songs they've done so far and it's one of my favorite songs of 2016! It's simply a fun album which never fails to lift my spirits. Sample song Highlights: ガラクタ, おはよう
  8. ^ awwww yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!
  9. we are gonna plug tonight, right? ;3
  10. Alright, here we go! My partner this time was @Delkmiroph and his mix is called "S y n o n y m s o f S a d n e s s" 01 rice - あかしあ It's obvious early on that Delkmiroph went for a bit different approach here compared to my own mix. "あかしあ" starts with just a piano and vocals and slowly builds up from there to something grander. It's a feels song alright, with its sad melody and instrumentation but the vocalist... His vibrato is like a fence between me and all the possible feels one could get, but that's a matter of taste. 02 amber gris - feel me Even the song title is asking to be felt so this could be good. The vocals are definitely to my liking now and this type of visual kei has always been close to my heart. Guitar playing and riffs are usually the thing I get the most feeling out of, even moreso than vocals or anything else. On this track the guitars are great; emotional and melancholic. It's a fantastic song all around. 03 9GOATS BLACK OUT - 願い When I saw the tracklist I was pretty certain that amber gris and 9GBO would be a good fit consecutively - and to no one's surprise they are! If I were to compare the two, amber gris's song was more straightforward, this one is more dynamic and dramatic. This just doesn't hit me as hard as the previous one but I can dig this too! 04 Versailles - Serenade ...And speaking of dramatic, look who it is! The intro is really nice with the strings and all - actually the song isn't that bad at all, but every time the symphonic guitar wankery (I mean no offense) starts I'm like ehh.. 05 Enya - Watermark This is like a short-ish, around 2 minutes long interlude, with mostly piano in it. That piano melody is sad as hell ;_; Also a nice transition after the Versailles song! 06 Plastic Tree - 黒い傘 Ryutaro's voice fits so well with the lonely and even desperate atmosphere I get from the song. This is also the darkest song on the mix so far. It's the closest equivalent to my own music tastes (along with #2), and this is sort of what I have in mind when I think of emotional songs. 07 magic love - Wait For Rain I have not heard about this band and I was expecting it to be western but turns out they're from Japan! They have that shoegaze/dream pop sound with ethereal female vocals. It's definitely a music style that I enjoy when it's done well and the engrish vocals don't bother me on this particular track. The female vocalist has such a pleasant voice. Apparently these guys are quite freshly-formed? They have potential, that's for sure. 08 THE NOVEMBERS - Romancé Ahh, finally I get some of The Novembers's stuff in a tradeoff! They are one of my favorite bands in the J-music realm. Romancé, as the title suggests, sounds romantic and nostalgic. In fact, this is the song that got to me the most emotionally due to it evoking all those nostalgic feelings. 09 björk - black lake I have to admit that I have never really tried björk's music. Sure I have heard some of her stuff but that's all, aaand then here we have a 10 minutes long björk song! Her vocal delivery is off-putting for me but musically and lyrically this is pretty interesting. I think that with time I could be able to appreciate this song more. 10 Cesar Franck - Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano Time for the last song. Classical pieces are so hard to review, though. This features only piano and cello and they complement each other well, at some parts I almost feel as if they're having a conversation. The lonely and lack of faith-sounding cello gets intensive and then the piano calms it down. I'm not a avid fan of classical music even though I do have my favorites and I could imagine myself listening to this every now and then. Delkmiroph delivered a lot of surprising choices, a few familiar names and a diverse mix of different genres on his mix. I noticed that on my first listen I didn't necessarily feel all these songs as my partner probably does, but as I listened to the mix multiple times, it definitely grew on me and I got something new out of the songs each time. I would give it a score of
  11. I'm also a bit late with my review. I will post it tomorrow, sorry for the inconvenience!
  12. Thanks for the heads up! This is an older song but the songtitle is very fitting now.
  13. I have sent my mix to my partner!