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.
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
1 - Glare Down 2 - ドラマ「炎昼」：前 3 - ドラマ「炎昼」：後 4 - Glare Down -off vocal-
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 Seasons “Enchu” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.
pioniX Seasons “Enchu“ is available for streaming on Spotify.
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