Jin Ogasawara adds an elegant and mature new chapter to his solo career, impressing with his versatility as a singer.
Title: アクアリウム Release date: 17/04/2022 Label: Beyond The Music/MAGES. Genre: Jazz-rock/Citypop
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“AQUARIUM” takes an interesting turn for Jin Ogasawara, bringing to the spotlight a smooth lo-fi sound with a twinge of citypop, blues, and jazz on top.
The verses are sweet, riding on a comfortable splashy beat, slow-paced emotional guitar riffs, and a stylish Rhodes piano melody.
The transition to the chorus is smooth, with the listener being presented with an elegant and surprisingly catchy section in which the guitars shine.
And what did this song need? An awesome, technical blues-style guitar solo. This song delivers that with a soft synth + Rhodes combo that makes this song a dreamy affair for the listener.
Jin Ogasawara has shown up until now that he’s got the power and poise to be a rock frontman that’s why this performance arrives as a surprise. He’s been a raw power rock frontman for GYROAXIA and has had a softer approach to his performances as a solo artist however still performs with some power on top of his nostalgic brand of pop rock.
In this song, however, Ogasawara is riffing his way through, adding fancy ad-libs, and having a genuinely honeyed performance making the best out of his raspy mid-tones.
This is the type of growth I was not expecting yet it arrived as an amazing surprise. Ogasawara has good singing chops – and a high ceiling left to explore + reach – and most definitely the talent to dazzle.
“AQUARIUM” arrives to show that as well as to add an elegant chapter to his solo career. Hopefully, this is not an intermission but the start of an interesting, more melodic, and technical chapter for Jin Ogasawara.
“AQUARIUM” is available for streaming on Spotify.
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