Review | Impish Crow “Ride the Wind”

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DIG-ROCK DUEL FES Vol.2 - Impish Crow

Impish Crow go the funk rock route and deliver a masterful, groovy performance in Ride the Wind.

Impish Crow is an indie rock band fronted by TSUGUMI (CV: Yuma Uchida) with guitarist TOKI (CV: Takuya Eguchi), bassist MITSURU (CV: Wataru Hatano) and drummer HIBARI (CV: Shinnosuke Tachibana).


DIG-ROCK DUEL FES Vol.2
Title: DIG-ROCK ―DUEL FES― Vol.2 Ride the Wind
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc.
Release date: 22/07/2020
Genre: Funk-rock

Tracklist:

1 - ブラストその後
2 - いいやつ、だから最悪
3 - たったいま、友だちになりました
4 - 僕は、ここにいる
5 - 家族の温度
6 - 音楽の話をしよう
7 - Ride the Wind (Impish Crow)

Track analysis:

7 – Ride the Wind

A funky bassline and simple, overdriven guitar riffs paint a summery soundscape for Ride the Wind. The verses ride on top of a lot of groove, with the bass leading the way for this track.

The song naturally flows into the chorus, doing so with a flair and poise that it is impossible to be mesmerized by it.

The instrumental is funky and danceable this time around, something that, with the band’s pop lyrics and Yuma Uchida’s smooth vocals, works pretty well.

On the vocal end, it’s worth reminding that Yuma Uchida is on his groove for this track, singing in a comfortable range, tackling the verses in a legato-ed fashion.

Add to it his smooth vibrato – that can be found spread throughout the song –, his melodic mid-tones, and the powerful, energetic way he tackles the chorus and you get Impish Crow’s best song to date.


DIG-ROCK ―DUEL FES― Vol.2 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride the Wind

SUMMARY

Impish Crow change their sound around and introduce funk to the mix, adding a layer of groove that makes the song incredibly enjoyable to listen to. It’s laidback, summer vibe stays with you, making this the perfect song to have on your summer / driving playlist.
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 | Impish Crow "Ride the Wind"Impish Crow change their sound around and introduce funk to the mix, adding a layer of groove that makes the song incredibly enjoyable to listen to. It’s laidback, summer vibe stays with you, making this the perfect song to have on your summer / driving playlist.