Kenichi Suzumura brings “Brand New“, a charming single where alternative rock meets disco, turning into one of the strongest singles released this year.
Title: Brand New Label: Lantis Release date: 18/05/16 Genre: Alternative rock/ Pop-rock
1 - brand new 2 - フランケンシュタイナー
Track by track analysis:
1 – brand new
“brand new” brings back Suzumura‘s trademark alternative rock sound, letting go of his ballad sound that marked the last few releases.
This track kicks off with an unusual intro using a vocoder and ethereal guitar licks. With a powerful bassline at the core of the track, the instrumental feels whole and rich adding the heavily bass drum-oriented drums into the mix.
The electric and acoustic guitars build up momentum to the chorus, leading to an emotionally strong chorus delivered flawlessly by Suzumura. The bridge is mesmerizingly beautiful, leading to a strong, clean outro.
As a whole, this is yet another perfect track in his repertoire, a track to listen to countless times. A track that smells like Springsteen or The Killers “battle born” era.
2 – フランケンシュタイナー
With funky guitar riffs and a syncopated bassline that seems that have come straight out off a 70’s disco song, フランケンシュタイナー (Frankensteiner) doesn’t need much time to make you want to hit the dancefloor.
Slap bass, soft synth pads, funky guitar riffs, and a drum machine plus synthetic drums make this disco fever instrumental the best overall in Suzumura‘s repertoire so far.
It’s impossible to not let its energy infect you. The loungey feel the verses exude together with the powerful addictive disco chorus are sure fire winners, adding to the flawless melodic vocal performance we get what is a song ready for this summer, an instant favorite.
Vocally Suzumura was on point with this track’s genre, energetic, melodic, and exciting, his vocals had everything ready to grab you. This is how a disco track should be pulled off.
It’s good to have you back Suzumura! His never-ending quality and ability to deliver exciting pop-rock tracks is still there even after such a long hiatus.
Back better than ever, this hiatus seems like it was just the right thing to hone his skills as well as analyze his sound and see where he was headed. Back to his trademark alternative rock with a pinch of pop in the lyrics, Suzumura shows us an improved self in “brand new“.
The second track “Frankensteiner” took us on a trip to the 70s, into the disco fever and this is by far, one of the best disco tracks a seiyuu has released (Yuki Ono and Daisuke Ono, among other seiyuu have taken a try at the genre but failed miserably), managing to sound true to the genre not going overboard with it.
In the end, “Frankensteiner” is a top track in which energy never fades away, the right way to spell “addictive”. With his trademark total control over his tone, Suzumura managed to dazzle us throughout the two tracks in this single, an appetizer for what’s to come next.
A strong contender for single of the year.
“brand new” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.