Staff picks for the month of April, check them out below.
The record is a continuous flow of upbeat and heartfelt Synth-pop numbers, held up by the same concept, but individually powered by a clear and strong personality that makes these tracks stand out on their own: from the funk-indebted “Break! Break! Tic! Tac!”, the lighting-fast guitar solos of “Dividual Heart” (that would fit Scarface’s OST perfectly), to the light-hearted vibe of “Fake Memory”, each track is a different story that hides surprising moments around every corner. This is due to a masterful songwriting that melds an impressive amount of influences together, and places them smartly to engage the listener constantly. There’s a lot going on in this record, yet it results instantly catchy while growing with each listen, avoiding any misstep in the process.
Satellite Young is a brilliant record, a gem inspired by yesterday’s vibes that still feel very relevant today. It’s a continuous flow of emotions and melodies, a joyful piece of work highlighting a fundamental element that’s lacking in most of today’s pop music: genuine emotions
Yanakoto Sotto Mute
“Bubble” is indeed a record that’s as striking as incredibly detailed: it’s loud, melodic, classy and unpredictable, each track representing a surprise that keeps the listener constantly engaged. Some J-rock records can feel a bit same-y after a while, yet the overall flow here feels cohesive and constantly engaging, thanks to a solid songwriting and a general approach that refuses to follow common patterns. It’s a complex record, yet it rewards the listener right away, and gradually opens up listen after listen. The girls’ voices grace these solid compositions just perfectly, with an impressive performance and balance backed up by a remarkable interpretation, that gives these compositions a noticeable boost on the atmospheric side.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute‘s talent is no secret in the Idol fandom, and with “Bubble”, these four girls deservedly gain their own spot among the best units of the moment. Leave labels out of your mind when approaching this record though: “Bubble” is for anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful and meticulously crafted J-rock album. See you in the year end list.
Seikaisuru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer)
Shiina Ringo to Tortoise Matsumoto
What were some of your favorites released in April?