Review | Sora, Koki, Shiki & Shu “Elements”

SOARA, GROWTH, SolidS and QUELL’s leaders team up to deliver a dreamy performance in the passionate “Elements”.

Title: Elements
Label: Movic
Release date: 29/04/2022
Genre: Acoustic pop/Rock

Tracklist:

1 - 髪飾りとコサージュ (SolidS)
2 - Elements (Sora, Mamoru, Shiki, Shu)
3 - 髪飾りとコサージュ -off vocal-
4 - Elements -off vocal-

Track analysis (only “Elements” was reviewed):

2 – Elements

The leaders of SOARA, GROWTH, SolidS and QUELL team up for “Elements”.

A delicate piano echoes in an empty soundscape, slowly accompanying the gentle vocals of Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Junta Terashima, Takuya Eguchi, and Shunsuke Takeuchi.

The 1st verse is unique within this song, with its quiet tone and dreamy atmosphere not having a repeat throughout the song. As the song progresses to the chorus, more elements join in, with guitars and drums breathing new life to the instrumental.

Emotional, legato strings appear in the pre-chorus, taking the listener to a beautiful, breathy and spacious soundscape. The vocals sound ethereal in this part, going high to match the strings and piano melodies. 

The 2nd verse and chorus bring changes to the dynamics in this song. The verses focus more on the bassline, with it reverberating in this particular section. Electric guitar riffs join in closer to the 2nd chorus, slowly introducing the drums and strings yet again.

For this chorus, the piano is jolly and more present in the track, and the pulsing synths – up until then far in the background – take a step forward, being more noticeable. The bassline and guitar are taken to the background, blending with all other instruments, creating the perfect stage for these 4 powerful vocals to shine.

And of course, Toyonaga, Terashima, Eguchi, and Takeuchi deliver a performance that while not off the charts is still quite impressive, especially for how in sync everyone is. 

Individually, there are plenty of ad-libs going on for all members, the verses are sweet and gentle but where this quartet shines the most is in the chorus. The harmonies, the unison, and those higher notes will make goosebumps all over you.

All in all, “Elements” is a unique song that embodies the charms of all groups in the TSUKIPRO franchise while highlighting the technicality and quality of its 4 leaders. 

With both Hama Takeshi and Akira Takizawa in the composition for this song, you get a beautiful composition with a memorable performance that, while underrated, stands out among the songs released in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2. 


TSUKIPRO The Animation 2 vol.6 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.


SOURCE: TSUKIPRO the animation official website / TSUKIPRO anime official Twitter account

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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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“Elements” is a unique song that embodies the charms of all groups in the TSUKIPRO franchise while highlighting the technicality and quality of its 4 leaders.  With both Hama Takeshi and Akira Takizawa in the composition for this song, you get a beautiful composition with a memorable performance that, while underrated, stands out among the songs released in TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2. 

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