Review | pioniX “Enchu”

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pioniX embrace summer’s party vibes and deliver one of the most intense and elegant dance songs released in 2021 by a 2D group.

infinit0 consists of Rei Sukigawa (CV: Hinata Tadokoro) and Roa Mikaze (CV: Mizuki Chiba). The duo is signed with the fictional label, Tsukipro.

TOBARI is a rock duo comprised of Shio Amagi (CV: Yoshiki Nakajima) and Kuroi Hashiba (CV: Tetsuei Sumiya). The duo is signed to the fictional label, SUNPRO (home to the pop-rock duo, ZIX).

As pioniX, they participated in the Neo X Lied series in 2020 – early 2021, counting with 4 outstanding entries. In 2021, the group is back to tackle the “Seasons” CD series.


Title: pioniX Seasons 炎昼 
Release date: 27/08/2021
Label: Movic
Genre: Dance/Electronica

Tracklist:

1 - Glare Down
2 - ドラマ「炎昼」:前 
3 - ドラマ「炎昼」:後 
4 - Glare Down -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – Glare Down

pioniX’s representative song for summer is quite an intense tune. “Glare Down” is a song like no other on the group’s repertoire.

This is undoubtedly a song in the style of infinit0, going strong in the electronica elements while keeping a sort of elegant twist to it.

The verses are dark, introducing the listening to a hard-hitting beat, a deep, powerful bassline topped by trap orchestral stabs, a groovy brass section, and washy synths.

The result: one of the most powerful and addictive songs in pionix’s repertoire. A song that perfectly captures the “party” feel of summer while staying true to each group’s identities.

The build-up to the chorus brings a groovy brass melody into the mix, something I believe that subtly enhances the allure in this track.

The chorus is simple – after all this is dance music – but straightforward and addictive. By the second time it hits, you’re already singing along to it and feeling its groove.

The panning left and right on the vocals in the chorus is a good addition that puts infinit0 and TOBARI’s members each on their stage, battling for your attention. The chants give yet another touch to this summer-inspired track.

As far as the quality of the performances goes, pionix continues to explore the limits of their mix-and-match vocals progressions.

Hinata Tadokoro brings power and elegance, Yoshiki Nakajima one second is all about allure, the other is all about intensity – he’s basically everywhere -, Mizuki Chiba and Tetsuei Sumiya bring those clean mid and high tones that serve as a beautiful contrast to all the power going on for the leaders of infinit0 and TOBARI.

The harmonies in the first part of the chorus sound really clean – with a pleasant group sound yet still possible to tell everyone apart – and the unison in the latter part while it could be a “lazy” part to the song, it actually stands out for the intensity and energy that all members brought to the table.

It’s more than obvious by now that pioniX can actually pull off any kind of song with the talented lineup they have.

Glare Down” is a massive entry in their repertoire, a song you must check, especially if you’re into good vocals performing an elegant dance track.

Looking forward to listening to what pioniX has in store for their fans for their Autumn-inspired entry.


pioniX SeasonsEnchu” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.


pioniX SeasonsEnchu is available for streaming on Spotify.


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SUMMARY

pioniX captures the magic of summer with the dancefloor-ready tune in "Glare Down". Embracing inifinit0's trademark sound however cranking up the emotion, this track showcases just how versatile the lineup is. Hinata Tadokoro, Yoshiki Nakajima, Mizuki Chiba, and Tetsuei Sumiya are perfectly in tune, are strong individually and can tackle any music genre thrown at them. As a result, "Glare Down" is an exciting tune with a bit of allure and a lot of power underneath. This is the type of song that you'll be singing along to time and time again.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Glare Down
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
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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