Koutaro Nishiyama bids goodbye to his 20s in ska bundle of fun that is “Morning Wonder”.
Title: Morning Glory Release date: 11/10/2021 Label: Lantis Genre: Ska
1 - Morning Glory
1 – Morning Glory
“Morning wonder” kicks off with a playful sound, with guitars playing along with playful brass. The piano melodies and brass give this song a bit of a ska vibe, making this song quite warm and fun to listen to.
The verses are stripped down, with a simple triplets-driven beat and brass leading the way. As you get closer to the chorus, wah-wah guitar riffs join in the fun.
The tone is laidback, with the song not taking itself too seriously and this works fantastically.
On the vocal end, Koutaro Nishiyama delivers a performance that strays a bit away from what he usually does as a solo artist.
This time around there are barely any whispered parts, with the focus being, primarily on his mid-tones (and a bit of his higher range).
As a result, the performance may not sound as impressive or good as previous ones. I, for one, feel like this performance lacked a bit of the shine that Nishiyama usually brings to his performances.
Still, “Morning wonder”, song with lyrics by Tetsuya Kakihara, is a carefree entry in Koutaro Nishiyama’s repertoire. A song about growing up, changing yet still having the same motivation as he moves forward.
A fun, carefree way for him to bid goodbye to his 20s and welcome with open arms his 30s.
“Morning Wonder” is available for streaming on Spotify.
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