Growth “Parallel Lineage” (Review)

Growth‘s Parallel Lineage” is a song that, although not as cinematic as everyone’s used to, is enough to take the listener to a world of fantasy, delicate melodies, majestic vocals and beautiful soundscapes.

Title: パラレル・リネージュ (Parallel Lineage)
Label: Tsukipro/Movic
Release date: 23/03/2018
Genre: Dramatic Pop / Pop-rock


1 - Parallel Lineage

Track analysis:

1 – Parallel Lineage

After the perfect cinematic tune “Mahou no Kizuna” and the complete shift in direction towards an easier sound, devoid of cinematic elements with “One day…“, Growth return to their trademark sound and feel. “Parallel Lineage” takes the listener through a fantastic, erudite journey resorting to a slightly less complex instrumentalization.

As it is tradition, Growth‘s instrumentals are beautiful and powerful, grabbing our attention as soon as the first notes are played. Complex or simple, and with few exceptions, their instrumentals are rather effective in stimulating our imagination. The listener is greeted by delicate, ethereal piano melodies that slowly evolve into something grandiose, lending the help of blowing instruments (barely noticeable throughout the song but an essential element in the background), a choir and strings to add drama and up this piece’s emotion. The chorus explodes in emotion with a fast paced, bass drum beat leading the way, and urgent piano melodies and melodic strings adding the finishing touches to the emotional blow that is given to the listener.

The drums work for this song is quite possibly the best we’ve encountered on Growth‘s songs. Seamless tempo changes, focus on bass elements, incorporation of solid floor toms work, addition of simple drum triplets to lead the way in the verses. Every single element exuded, at the same time, a gentleness, aggressiveness and depth that blew us away. It was as if these drums were tailored for an orchestra instead of a pop-rock tune.

If the instrumental wasn’t impressive enough, the vocal performances were remarkable. This time around there was no need to have overly dramatic, lyrical performances. Upon reading this sentence, and without having listened to this song, you’ll wonder how do Growth sound when they aren’t… sounding like themselves. To put it simply, Growth are the kind of group that has a really solid lineup that is able to cover a lot of ground. There isn’t a single member of this unit that has or entirely covers the same scale as the other. This alone, is a major plus for them in a performance like this – that has less focus on harmonizations and more on solo parts and pair sections. If you thought that, because they are stripped away from their lyrical touch, this song would have a simple performance, you’ll be surprised. Everyone raised the bar in order to match the theme of the song and the instrumental’s emotions. Between Toki‘s dramatic tone, Yamashita‘s mid-tones and falsetto, Yamashita‘s high notes and Terashima‘s all rounded, sweet performance, it’s hard to point out a highlight. Everyone added something fresh and essential to this song, contributing to the breathtaking vocal performance we got.

We felt that the contrast between the gentleness in the verses and the powerful way in which they performed the chorus was a nice touch to their performance. Additionally, those Latin lines in the middle of the lyrics, winked at their earlier releases, yet another nice touch that might go unnoticed by most listeners. The build up for that last chorus left us in awe. Between canons, harmonies, sweet falsetto and stunning high notes, Growth hit ever single one of those bases and even more to make this a performance to remember. This is the kind of performance that will leave you speechless.

Parallel Lineage” is a stunning piece that, although not as cinematic as we’re used to, is enough to take us to a world of fantasy, delicate melodies and beautiful soundscapes, gluing the listener to their performance from start to finish. Its rich instrumental and majestic performances contributed to make this song another flawless entry to add to Growth‘s repertoire.

Final rating:

This song is only available for those that purchase the 4th volume of TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION.

Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).





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