Review | Koutaro Nishiyama “Morning Wonder”

Koutaro Nishiyama

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

Track analysis:

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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Goodbye the 20s, hello 30s. Koutaro Nishiyama's "Morning Wonder" is a carefree, fun ska song with a pop twist. However, as fun as this song is, it is a massive departure from the sound Nishiyama has, up until now, as a solo artist. This alone presented some challenges on the vocal end, with Nishiyama delivering a performance far from the usual quality he has used everyone to. Still, this a blast to listen to, having a crafty ska instrumental that is addictive and will spread good vibes.


Morning Wonder
Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).





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