Review | Jin Ogasawara “DandeLION”

Jin Ogasawara takes you to the 90s, bringing citypop, hip-hop and funk-rock into the mix for the addictive groovy tune “DandeLION”.

Title: DandeLION
Release date: 05/05/2022
Label: Beyond The Music/MAGES.
Genre: Citypop/Hip-hop/Funk

Tracklist:

1 - DandeLION

Track analysis:

1 –  DandeLION

A groovy bassline and a simple synth melody take the listener back to the 90s. Despite the quiet intro to this song, “DandeLION” is all about its danceable, loungy sound.

The verses ride on top of the punchy bassline + playful synth melody, bringing funky guitar riffs to the forefront as well as washy drums, something that will instantly give you summer vibes.

It is quite interesting how “DandeLION” keeps things simple yet its core groovy sound is more than enough to make you want to jam along to it. When you least notice it, you’ll be dancing (shuffling or head bobbing) to this song, following its tight snare beat and bassline.

The dynamics in this song change in the swiftest and smoothest of ways. Washy synths and beat are an important part of the sound in “DandeLION” both also are responsible for the transitions between parts, making it so that you barely notice when you’re getting to a chorus, especially given how the verses build up tension in the latter half.

And the chorus in this song is the funkiest so far in Jin Ogasawara’s repertoire. However, it is also one – if not the briefest – chorus he has performed so far. Funky guitars playfully paint a laidback soundscape for you as the beat and synths comfortably take you to the dancefloor. When this chorus hits, you’ll want more of it. More and more.

Now, on the vocal end, Jin Ogasawara went in a different direction. He’s actually sounding completely different from usual. He managed to cover his raspy, slightly high screams – a quirk of his – and replaced those with a controlled performance riding solely on his mid-tones. 

He barely raises his tone and when he does so, he never goes for those characteristically awesome raspy high screams of his.

So you get a bit of raspiness in the verses but never with that edge he’s known for, on top of that, Ogasawara focused on bringing out quite the energetic – yet cool, laidback – performance with some riffing and melodic low notes.

As you listen to “DandeLION”, there are way too many interesting and new things happening. The work on the vocal end is a complete first time for Ogasawara and the groovy, 90s citypop-inspired sound is minimalistic, bringing hits and bits of funk and hip-hop into the mix, something that demands more than just a listen.

Given how brief this song is – even more so because the chorus is really short -, “DandeLION” is a song made to be looping. And honestly, after listening to this one, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

This is yet another awesome entry in Jin Ogasawara’s repertoire, showing that there is much, much more to him as a solo artist and his sound than what meets the ear.


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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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DandeLION

SUMMARY

Retro 90s vibes bringing citypop, hip-hop and funk into the mix, “DandeLION” is Jin Ogasawara’s resident groovy tune. This is a song with many new things happening in it. Starting from the sound, minimalistic yet insanely groovy and loungy, to Jin Ogasawara’s performance - that stands out for sounding oddly different from usual, fans will find in “DandeLION” a well of awesome discoveries about Ogasawara’s potential as a solo artist. I find this pivot to a groovy sound to be unexpected yet, once again, it suits Ogasawara’s vocals, especially now that he showed he can control his vocals to the point that he can “mask” his singing quirks and change his singing tone to better match the vibe or concept of a song. It’ll be interesting to see - and hear - what he can pull off next because, so far, Jin Ogasawara has been absolutely flawless in this digital single series.

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Retro 90s vibes bringing citypop, hip-hop and funk into the mix, “DandeLION” is Jin Ogasawara’s resident groovy tune. This is a song with many new things happening in it. Starting from the sound, minimalistic yet insanely groovy and loungy, to Jin Ogasawara’s performance - that stands out for sounding oddly different from usual, fans will find in “DandeLION” a well of awesome discoveries about Ogasawara’s potential as a solo artist. I find this pivot to a groovy sound to be unexpected yet, once again, it suits Ogasawara’s vocals, especially now that he showed he can control his vocals to the point that he can “mask” his singing quirks and change his singing tone to better match the vibe or concept of a song. It’ll be interesting to see - and hear - what he can pull off next because, so far, Jin Ogasawara has been absolutely flawless in this digital single series. Review | Jin Ogasawara "DandeLION"