Review | Jin Ogasawara “TENBIN”

THTFHQ Patreon Page

Welcome to the jazz lounge, for a memorable performance in “TENBIN” that puts Jin Ogasawara’s technique and skills as a singer to the test.

Title: 天秤
Release date: 05/05/2022
Label: Beyond The Music/MAGES.
Genre: Jazz

Tracklist:

1 - 天秤

Track analysis:

1 – 天秤

TENBIN” brings a completely different variation of Jin Ogasawara’s recently groovy sound to the spotlight.

A needle touches the vinyl and off you go exploring the jazzy piano melodies, playful bassy drums, and a punchy bassline – this one is a treat for bass lovers as it goes really low.

The verses have a comfortable mid-tempo, exploring that through a simple, ample sound in which the jazzy piano is the star, painting an elegant soundscape for Jin Ogasawara to make the best of.

When you get the chorus, the beat intensifies, starting to hit hard on the snare and the piano is an absolute treat with its jolly melodies as Ogasawara does most of the work fleshing out this groovy and energetic tune.

While there are no massive changes in tone or even in the composition in the 2nd half of the song, there are subtle changes in the way the dynamic between the bass and piano, it is worth mentioning that you have an electric bass playing most of the song, in the bridge, a contrabass takes over.

And as soon as that contrabass is on stage, syncopating its way through the song, you notice just how smooth the jazz sound in this song is. 

I was not expecting that smooth intermission – going full-on jazz – so to find the contrabass here, and with Jin Ogasawara never missing a beat on the vocal end, is a big treat.

It is quite interesting and, in a way, fascinating, that Jin Ogasawara has this much control and melodic edge to his singing tone. 

While in “DandeLION” there were still some traces of his trademark raspy – and edgy – high notes, in this song Ogasawara sounds like someone else.

He fully focused on his mid-tones – and kept his singing in those even as he rose on the scale -, bringing along a really clean falsetto and a certain elegance with his smooth vibrato.

Something that is also not as commonly found in Ogasawara’s performances is a lot of energy. 

In this song, however, there is no shortage of energy coming from him, with his performance in the verses being quite entertaining while going off in the chorus, cranking up the speed in a way that you can’t get enough of.

“TENBIN” is unlike anything else in Jin Ogasawara’s repertoire, counting with an elegant sound, fun, and classy performance, adding a well-needed layer of maturity to his solo career.


TENBIN” is available for streaming on Spotify.


Do not support piracy. Remember to support Jin Ogasawara by streaming via official outlets.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

天秤

SUMMARY

Jin Ogasawara continues to push himself as a singer, trying new things, slowly showcasing what he can do on the vocal end - without pushing his vocal cords to the limit. I find his performance in “TENBIN” to be insanely catchy yet I’d be lying if I said this would be a performance I’d instantly say that belongs to Jin Ogasawara. Not only does he not sound anything like what regular listeners and fans are used to, but he’s also approaching his performances from different perspectives. There is a big focus on being impactful yet while being subtle about it. This is something that contrasts to his image and sound in his debut CD “TURBO”, that was all about making a big impact with intense songs and performances that were a little bit all over the place. Going simple and focusing on showcasing his range ends up being more impactful than any showy, over-the-top performance you can think of. At least I believe so. A classy performance that showcases something new and doesn’t need to be loud about that showcase is the best way to make an impact. For sure Jin Ogasawara has been making such an impact, standing out as a talent to look follow after what are - so far - 5 perfect digital singles that highlight his singing skills and versatility as a solo artist (performing more than just rock music or trendy hip-hop music). “TENBIN” has a special place in Ogasawara’s repertoire for its mature presentation and unique performance. It was like having a glimpse of 20s jazz while listening to a groovy contemporary jazz-pop tune. Catchy and classy, this is a song you can’t miss.
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).

Comment

Follow THTFHQ

3,636FansLike
1,211FollowersFollow
4,801FollowersFollow
544SubscribersSubscribe

Trending

You might also like...

Jin Ogasawara continues to push himself as a singer, trying new things, slowly showcasing what he can do on the vocal end - without pushing his vocal cords to the limit. I find his performance in “TENBIN” to be insanely catchy yet I’d be lying if I said this would be a performance I’d instantly say that belongs to Jin Ogasawara. Not only does he not sound anything like what regular listeners and fans are used to, but he’s also approaching his performances from different perspectives. There is a big focus on being impactful yet while being subtle about it. This is something that contrasts to his image and sound in his debut CD “TURBO”, that was all about making a big impact with intense songs and performances that were a little bit all over the place. Going simple and focusing on showcasing his range ends up being more impactful than any showy, over-the-top performance you can think of. At least I believe so. A classy performance that showcases something new and doesn’t need to be loud about that showcase is the best way to make an impact. For sure Jin Ogasawara has been making such an impact, standing out as a talent to look follow after what are - so far - 5 perfect digital singles that highlight his singing skills and versatility as a solo artist (performing more than just rock music or trendy hip-hop music). “TENBIN” has a special place in Ogasawara’s repertoire for its mature presentation and unique performance. It was like having a glimpse of 20s jazz while listening to a groovy contemporary jazz-pop tune. Catchy and classy, this is a song you can’t miss. Review | Jin Ogasawara "TENBIN"