Review | Liar-S “Atosaki Haruka”

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With a perfected post-rock/emo sound yet without changing much to its identity, Liar-S embraces this new era with a lot of emotion and power in “Atsosaki Haruka”.

Liar-S consist of Sakura Hinoyama (CV: Takuma Terashima), Chiya Suzuno (CV: Nobuhiko Okamoto), Seri Yuisaki (CV: Tetsuya Kakihara) and Soutarou Haruna (CV: Soma Saito).

The band is known for its slow-paced, emo-rock sound.


Liar-S "Atosaki Haruka"
Regular edition
Title: アトサキハルカ
Label: Honeybee Black
Release date: 17/02/2021
Genre: Emo-Rock/Post-Rock

Tracklist:

1 - アトサキハルカ

Track analysis:

1 – アトサキハルカ

Liar-S is back with another emotional rock tune in “Atosaki Haruka”. The song embraces a nostalgic, distant rock sound with strong influences of progressive rock.

Drums march at you as guitars slowly and carefully paint a far and wide soundscape in which you’ll want to lose yourself in. On top of it all, a bassline adds a bit of flavor, accentuating the bassy sound going on in the drums.

The verses have an inspiring, hopeful tone, something that is not commonly found in Liar-S’ repertoire. After all, you and I are talking about a band known for its emo-rock/progressive rock sound and depressive tone to almost all songs.

So there are changes in the sound for Liar-S. Would I say these are massive or that they stray too far away from the band’s core sound up until now? No. Essentially, this is the sound the band has used us all to. However, I feel it is better executed right now in comparison to previous releases that ended up being a hit or miss.

But the tone is certainly different. This hopeful vibe strays slightly away from what Liar-S was known for.

Still, this sound feels and sounds right. There is excitement and emotions are more obvious than before, something especially noticeable in the verses and chorus, respectively.

On the vocal end, Takuma Terashima arrives with Haruka’s trademark slow, quiet singing style, only getting really emotional when the chorus comes around.

“Atosaki Haruka” feels like a refreshing upgrade to Liar-S’ sound, making it so that I’m pretty excited to hear what the band has to offer next.


Atosaki Haruka” is available for purchase at CDjapan.

 

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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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アトサキハルカ

SUMMARY

It doesn't even seem that Liar-S was away from the public for a couple of years. The emo-rock/post-rock band arrived with "Atosaki Haruka", a song that feels and sounds right in its repertoire. While other bands showed a slightly tweaked or even obviously different sound due to DYNAMIC CHORD's music label changes (and thus, composers), Liar-S is sounding essentially the same however with a refreshing touch on top. In my opinion, the post-rock sound was way better pulled off in this song than on any other in the band's repertoire, something that makes me quite excited for what they will pull off next. All in all, Liar-S "Atosaki Haruka" arrives to leave quite a good impression.

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It doesn't even seem that Liar-S was away from the public for a couple of years. The emo-rock/post-rock band arrived with "Atosaki Haruka", a song that feels and sounds right in its repertoire. While other bands showed a slightly tweaked or even obviously different sound due to DYNAMIC CHORD's music label changes (and thus, composers), Liar-S is sounding essentially the same however with a refreshing touch on top. In my opinion, the post-rock sound was way better pulled off in this song than on any other in the band's repertoire, something that makes me quite excited for what they will pull off next. All in all, Liar-S "Atosaki Haruka" arrives to leave quite a good impression.Review | Liar-S "Atosaki Haruka"