Review | Jin Ogasawara “AQUARIUM”

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

Tracklist:

1 - アクアリウム

Track analysis:

1 – アクアリウム

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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Vanessa Silva
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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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Jin Ogasawara adds an elegant and mature new chapter to his solo career, impressing with his versatility as a singer. "Aquarium" is a welcomed detour from Ogasawara's nostalgic brand of pop-rock/punk-pop sound. Jazz takes over and with it, Ogasawara unleashes his singing skills - which have vastly improved since the release of "TURBO" -, delivering a memorable performance. This is the type of song that makes me ask for more music in this style from Jin Ogasawara (actually, more music in general) at the same time that it shows just how talented he is as a singer, giving us all a glimpse of the talent he has left to tap onto. If you haven't checked it yet, do give a listen to this single because it is absolutely awesome.

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Jin Ogasawara adds an elegant and mature new chapter to his solo career, impressing with his versatility as a singer. "Aquarium" is a welcomed detour from Ogasawara's nostalgic brand of pop-rock/punk-pop sound. Jazz takes over and with it, Ogasawara unleashes his singing skills - which have vastly improved since the release of "TURBO" -, delivering a memorable performance. This is the type of song that makes me ask for more music in this style from Jin Ogasawara (actually, more music in general) at the same time that it shows just how talented he is as a singer, giving us all a glimpse of the talent he has left to tap onto. If you haven't checked it yet, do give a listen to this single because it is absolutely awesome.Review | Jin Ogasawara "AQUARIUM"