Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Artist: Akira Kosemura (@)
Title: 虹の彼方 - Seven Colors Variations
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Schole (@)
Rated: *****
Akira Kosemura decided to mouthwater listeners by just one pretty J-pop mid-tempo song, "Niji no Kanata" (Japanese for "Beyond The Rainbow"), whose lyrics about evanescence of feelings and a previously reciprocal fragile and faint love, its perfect vocal interpretation by lasah and its honey-sweet arrangement, which features the delicate sound of acoustic guitar by Muneki Takasaka (Paniyolo) could make glicemia in your brains rise up. The release include six remarkable remixes, which pushed this song towards different directions: Madegg derails Akira's emotional flight by means of balanced tech-house pressure and chopped sounds, Takahiro Uchibori aka Metome lets it slide on amazing swooshing synths and an uplifting pitched disco-funk groove skates, Shaw-Han Liem aka I Am Robot And Proud decorates it by saccharine garlands of metronomical cuts, while the melodic line of the crystal-clear electric piano introduction by Toshiyuki Tasuda reminded me of Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence" for a while. Lawrence English's dazling ambient dilutions, which could propel flights of fancy, and the intimate reinterpretation by [.que] ideally complete the tracklist, but Akira Kosemura launched a contest for further remixers (make and move yours as well) and an audition for new vocalists for next song of the forthcoming album.