Review | Arashi “Gunjou”

Arashi "Gunjou"

The simplicity of the composition, the commanding presence of the pounding drums, and Shoya Chiba’s dramatic performance impress in Arashi’s “Gunjou”.

This release features Arashi (CV: Shoya Chiba) and Oshiro (CV: Yuichiro Umehara). Arashi is the only one performing the song on this CD.

Creation 1 ARASHI・OSHIRO Gunjou
Title: Creation 1 ARASHI・OSHIRO
Label: eternal voyage
Release date: 26/08/2022
Genre: Minimalistic electronica

Tracklist:

1 - 群青 (Gunjou)

Track analysis:

1 – 群青 (Gunjou)

Atmospheric synths create a wide soundscape that is quite impressive. As you are put in this soundscape you will notice how wide it is, with the sound stretching itself to the horizon.

While the intro brings distorted vocals, the rest of the song is far from going in the same direction.

What awaits you is something unreal in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise.

Shoya Chiba (as Arashi) is performing in quite a dramatic way, opening those vowels to resonate in the soundscape, matching the equally dramatic – yet simplistic – instrumental.

“Gunjou” has the best live drums mix I’ve heard in a long time. Tight, clean, and warm, this mix makes the drums take center stage, sharing the spotlight with Shoya Chiba in the best way possible.

A detail I love about this song is the bassline – which may go unnoticed due to how amazing the drums are. The bassline is relentless and those brief slap bass accents are a treat in the composition and overall performance.

The drums are relentless and are playing in a weird time signature, never clashing with Shoya Chiba’s powerful tenor vocals in the chorus – ranging from his gentle mid-toned leading the way as well as the high notes in the background.

Shoya Chiba keeps on improving his singing with each entry in this series. This time around he comfortably adds drama to his performance, bringing vibrato into the mix as he goes for big open vowels to increase the sense of drama in the performance. 

Adding to this, I love those high notes in the background in the chorus. It goes to show that Chiba has so much versatility and the potential to do awesome things as a singer is there for everyone to see.

The simplicity in this song’s composition, the power that the pounding drums have as well as Chiba’s performance are impressive. The whole tone of this song and the dramatic performance are a thing of beauty.

Arashi’s “Gunjou” is the perfect a way to start the GROWING series.

What is TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!

Tokyo Color Sonic!! is the name of the mixed-media franchise created by sprout and counting with character designs by the popular illustrator Ryo Fujiwara.

This franchise includes a star-studded 10 main character cast, with characters split into 5 different “buddy” units of singer + songwriter.

Tokyo Color Sonic counts with a balanced mix of drama CD + music.

To know more about this project, make sure to check our quick guide to it.


Creation 1 ARASHI・OSHIRO” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Tokyo Color Sonic!! Growing / Drama CD (Shoya Chiba, Yuichiro Umehara, et al.)
Drama CD (Shoya Chiba, Yuichiro Umehara, et al.)

“Creation 1 ARASHI・OSHIRO” is available for streaming on Spotify.


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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

群青 (Gunjou)

SUMMARY

"Gunjou" creates a captivating and expansive soundscape that immediately captures your attention. The wide expanse of the sound gives the impression of stretching out to the horizon. Shoya Chiba, performing as Arashi, delivers a dramatic performance, emphasizing his vowels to resonate within the soundscape. His vocals match the equally dramatic yet simplistic instrumental arrangement. This is Chiba's best performance so far in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!, truly one that is haunting yet so beautiful at its core. "Gunjou" boasts one of the best live drum mixes I've heard in a long time. It goes without saying that the drums sound tight, clean, and warm, allowing them to share the spotlight with Shoya Chiba in the best possible way. The simplicity of the song's composition, the commanding presence of the pounding drums, and Chiba's dramatic performance are all impressive. "Gunjou" easily takes its seat as Arashi's best solo song so far in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise.

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"Gunjou" creates a captivating and expansive soundscape that immediately captures your attention. The wide expanse of the sound gives the impression of stretching out to the horizon. Shoya Chiba, performing as Arashi, delivers a dramatic performance, emphasizing his vowels to resonate within the soundscape. His vocals match the equally dramatic yet simplistic instrumental arrangement. This is Chiba's best performance so far in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!, truly one that is haunting yet so beautiful at its core. "Gunjou" boasts one of the best live drum mixes I've heard in a long time. It goes without saying that the drums sound tight, clean, and warm, allowing them to share the spotlight with Shoya Chiba in the best possible way. The simplicity of the song's composition, the commanding presence of the pounding drums, and Chiba's dramatic performance are all impressive. "Gunjou" easily takes its seat as Arashi's best solo song so far in the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise.Review | Arashi "Gunjou"