Review | Impish Crow “Ride the Wind”

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).


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


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 bass line 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.

Ride the Wind
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