MEZZO “Kaleidoscope” (Review)

MEZZO change their sound around for a jazzy outing with Kaleidoscope.

Title: カレイドスコープ
Label: Lantis 
Release date: 09/11/2019 
Genre: Jazz-Pop


1- カレイドスコープ

Kaleidoscope mixes traditional Eastern Asia elements with upbeat pop-rock that has the hand of MIKOTO (Marginal #4, KENN, etc). The song is pretty straightforward. The focus is on a strong bass sound, something that both the drums and bass pull off. On top of it are simple guitar riffs and little details that make this song stand out: the delicate, dreamy piano and synth melodies and the organ hits. This song clearly is a new page for MEZZO. Duo known for their emotional ballads not for uptempo pop-rock tunes.

Although this sounds nothing like you could expect from them, the duo pulled it off pretty neatly. At this point in his career, it is safe to say that KENN already breathes MIKOTO’s compositions. Both have been collaborating for years so KENN already has his singing style tailored for this trademark MIKOTO song. On the other hand, Atsushi Abe is having fun, his performance is filled with excitement, something that we clearly never listen to in MEZZO’s usual more somber songs.

All in all, Kaleidoscope is a fun song. Not typical of this group yet not tailored for this group as it sounds like any other song that could be in another music franchise, or aren’t we talking about MIKOTO that, by now, is already extremely predictable in his compositions. Solid track but the duo seems to be losing their identity in favor of a generic pop-rock sound.

This song is available for streaming via Spotify.


Kaleidoscope is a fun song. Not typical your typical MEZZO song. Solid track but the duo seems to be losing their identity in favor of a generic pop-rock sound.


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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