Review | Chisato Kurumiya “Achromatic”

PERFECTION NOISE

Chisato Kurumiya brings a lot of fragility to the table with the emotional solo track “Achromatic”.

PERFECTION NOISE counts with the dance and vocal unit, NOISE NOVA (Shoya ChibaSoma SaitoRyohei Kimura and Kaito Ishikawa).

For more details on this new 2D music project, please refer to The Hand That Feeds HQ’s introductory guide to PERFECT NOISE.


PERFECTION NOISE Vol.4 Chisato Kurumiya
Title: PERFECTION NOISE Vol.4 来宮千智
Label: Spica / TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 24/02/2021
Genre: Pop / Minimalistic EDM

Tracklist:

1 - もっと上へ行きたいから
2 - マネージャーは大切に
3 - 突然の誘い
4 - 一筋の光
5 - 存在する意味
6 - やっと見つけた、本当の居場所
7 - Achromatic (solo song)

Track analysis:

7 – Achromatic

NOISE NOVA’s Chisato Kurumiya takes the spotlight with “Achromatic”, song that counts with a deep, ethereal soundscape crafted by atmospheric synths, pulsing bassline and delicate percussion hits.

I love this dreamy, distant, summery vibe to “Achromatic”; it sheds a beautiful light over the lyrics in the song and adds another interesting layer to NOISE NOVA.

The verses slowly build up tension, introducing a bass-driven beat with snare accents, evolving into a dramatic and intense chorus with a slightly claustrophobic vibe.

Simplicity is still key and, in no occasion, do we get a crowded section or synth heavy part like in previous songs. In a way there is a certain purity, rawness in the sound.

It is devoid of flourishes and any distracting bits, all for you to focus on the vocals and those emotional lyrics.

On the vocal end, Ryohei Kimura brings the sweetness in his raspy voice to the table, adding a lot of emotion to his performance, conveying Kurumiya’s thoughts and emotions with care.

With an instrumental that delicate, the raspiness in Kimura’s vocals comes as a really tasteful touch, it is as if it is a weakness, a show of fragility, raw emotions, and it works so well with the lyrics at hand in “Achromatic”.

Although not as intense as the previous two solo entries in the PERFECTION NOISE franchise, Chisato Kurumiya’s “Achromatic” is a solid song carrying a lot of emotion on top of an instrumental that takes you to a simplistic yet beautiful soundscape.


PERFECTION NOISE Vol.4 Kurumiya Chisato is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Perfection Noise / Drama CD (Ryohei Kimura)
Drama CD (Ryohei Kimura)

SUMMARY

Although not as intense as the previous two solo entries in the PERFECTION NOISE franchise, Chisato Kurumiya’s “Achromatic” is a solid entry in the PERFECTION NOISE franchise, carrying a lot of emotion on top of an instrumental that takes you to a simplistic yet beautiful soundscape.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Achromatic
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
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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