KAORU stops to take a breather in a beautiful, dreamy soundscape you’ll want to lose yourself in “Breathe”.
Hana-Doll* is an idol project created by movic (TSUKIPRO, VAZZROCK, Tsukiuta, etc). 7 idols are part of Anthos, group signed to the fictional talent agency Amagiri Production.
Title: Breathe Label: Movic Release date: 09/10/2020 Genre: Minimalistic electronica
1 - Breathe 2 - Breathe(Off Vocal)
1 – Breathe
A dreamy piano melody paints a pure white, far and wide soundscape.
In the background, a simple beat – hi-hat and clap track – adds a progressive twist to this song alongside the atmospheric synths.
The verses ride on a comfortable downtempo, pushing aside all instruments to give the spotlight to Shunichi Toki’s gentle vocals however, as tension builds up to the chorus, so does the instrumental grow, bringing in a variety of synths for minimalistic hits, to brief arpeggios (playing on your left) and even pulsing bassy synths, all of these elements help flesh out the intensity in the lyrics.
In a way, the quiet verses seem like someone is taking a breather from something, even recalling memories, doing that without distractions on the horizon.
Then, the chorus is intense yet still dreamy, reflecting some conflict at the same time as there’s a bright outlook beyond that.
The tone is gentle at all times in this song, in a way showcasing some fragility by KAORU.
Opting for this tone was the perfect choice as Shunichi Toki already has, to begin with, a gentle singing tone to himself, almost lullabyish at times.
And for this performance, Shunichi Toki was in full control right from the start. His mid-tones are confident, unmovable yet packing a lot of emotion at their core. His long notes shine and he brings some vibrato – although it is not a big feature – to his performance.
A bit of a breathy twist adds the final touches to what is a rock-solid performance in one of the dreamiest songs in The Way I Am CD series.
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