Review | XlamV “This is my way”

XlamV

XlamV’s “This is my way” stands outs with its pristine production, ethereal soundscapes, and a strong focus on the vocal performances.

Title: This is my way
Release date: 26/05/2023
Label: REISEN RECORDS
Genre: Pop/EDM

Tracklist:

1 - This is my way

Track analysis:

1 – This is my way

XlamV’s 2nd digital single “This is my way” arrives with atmospheric synths and beautiful R&B-style riffing from Tasuku Hatanaka leading the way.

The verses are dreamy for the most part, with subdued piano hits painting the soundscape in front of you.

However, as you get closer to the chorus, you will notice drums and a tropical synth lead joining in. These additions make it so that the verses have a unique duality to them. The first part is always quiet, creating a perfect stage for the clean vocals to shine whereas the 2nd part of the verses is all about its high-tension synths and powerful rapping.

The chorus has a washy style of percussion and synths, creating the feeling of a wave crashing by the shore, going back and forth in – this case – the instrumental. 

As a result, Tasuku Hatanaka and Shintaro Asanuma – the two leads in the chorus – have to deliver a tricky performance, resorting to a lot of legato and subtle raises in tone to keep everything tight and in line with the rest of the groovy performance.

Also on the vocal end, it is easy to notice that you’ve got Tasuku Hatanaka’s vocals leading the way. He opens the track, leads the way in the chorus, and gets most of the spotlight throughout. As a result, this tune is ridiculously melodic and follows much of the R&B style which is a big part of Hatanaka’s singing style.

This time around you have a rapping duo giving their all in the background. Ayumu Murase and Makoto Furukawa are a force to be reckoned with. Their speed, diction, clarity, and precision are off the charts, adding a lot of energy and groove to this performance.

I’m an absolute sucker for the ad-libs in the background, leading up to the final chorus. In a song with so much tension, they feel refreshing, unleashing much of that tension in a really stylish way.

As a whole, XlamV’s “This is my way” brings a powerful EDM pop sound that is clean, and ethereal while all focused on the vocals. And yet again, the vocals shine for this group in what is, currently, one of the most cohesive 2D groups.

What is VS AMBIVALENZ? And XlamV?

VS AMBIVALENZ is a 2D music project by NIZISTA. It has a pretty unique format in which only 7 out of the 14 members were chosen through voting that went on from 2021 up until late 2022.

XlamV (read: Kranve) consists of Jintaro (CV: Chiaki Kobayashi), Nagomu (CV: Shintaro Asanuma), 39YEAH↗ (CV: Makoto Furukawa), Issei (CV: Kengo Kawanishi), Lion (CV: Tasuku Hatanaka), Auguri (CV: Ayumu Murase), and Subaru (CV: Reiou Tsuchida).

To get to know more about this project, please refer to THTFHQ’s extended article about VS AMBIVALENZ.


This is my way” is available for streaming on Spotify.


Do not support piracy. Remember to support XlamV by streaming via official outlets.

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).

Latest News

Out this Week | Shinsoku Ikkon, Tsukiuta franchise and more

This week brings Shinsoku Ikkon and W with two "CIRLE OF DELIGHT" CDs as well as a compilation album by the Tsukiuta. franchise!

XlamV 1st LIVE – To You – to be released on Blu-ray

If you missed XlamV's 1st full-on CGI live show held in April, fear not. Fans will get to watch it in a special Blu-ray release in August.

Soma Saito featured on Monthly TV Guide June 2024

Popular seiyuu and singer-songwriter Soma Saito was interviewed for Monthly TV Guide's June 2024 issue about the anime series, Astro Note.

Sai and High×Joker to release “CIRCLE OF DELIGHT” CDs in May

Sai and High×Joker are the next groups up to participate in the "CIRCLE OF DELIGHT" CD series in the SideM franchise.

Comment (remember to be respectful)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

This is my way

SUMMARY

Prepare to have, yet again, your attention snatched by XlamV's with its exciting second digital single, "This is my way." It takes listeners on a captivating journey, guided by atmospheric synths and the warm R&B-style riffs of Tasuku Hatanaka. XlamV's "This is my way" showcases a potent fusion of EDM and pop, characterized by its pristine production, ethereal soundscapes, and a strong focus on the vocal performances. Once again, the group's vocal abilities shine brightly, solidifying XlamV as one of the most harmonious and cohesive 2D groups in today's 2D music scene.

Related posts

Support THTFHQspot_img
Prepare to have, yet again, your attention snatched by XlamV's with its exciting second digital single, "This is my way." It takes listeners on a captivating journey, guided by atmospheric synths and the warm R&B-style riffs of Tasuku Hatanaka. XlamV's "This is my way" showcases a potent fusion of EDM and pop, characterized by its pristine production, ethereal soundscapes, and a strong focus on the vocal performances. Once again, the group's vocal abilities shine brightly, solidifying XlamV as one of the most harmonious and cohesive 2D groups in today's 2D music scene.Review | XlamV "This is my way"