SOARA “Ai no Hana” (Review)


SOARA have released their new single “アイノハナ“. We finally take our first look at this talented unit consisting of Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuki Ono, Makoto Furukawa, Taishi Murata and Chiharu Sawashiro.

Let’s see how this unit fared on their 5th single as well as how they are to our ears as we take this first approach to their sound.


Single: アイノハナ 
Label: Tsukino-Pro
Release date: 22/04/2016
Genre: J-Pop-Rock


 アイノハナ -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 –  アイノハナ

This is our first time reviewing SOARA as per request of some of our readers. Surprisingly enough, this group has a strength and power we weren’t expecting. アイノハナ  (Ai no Hana) is an engaging pop-rock track where everything really seems to be there to set a certain mood for the listener. With an instrumental track borrowing a lot of traditional elements such as the shamisen and shakuhachi, blending them with powerful guitar riffs and strong drums. In this mid-tempo, east-meets-west instrumental piece, we find the stunning vocals each one of the members have enriching the overall listener experience. Toyonaga, Ono and Sawashiro are well known for their impressive singing skills but on our side what really draws our attention is Furukawa and Taishi‘s on point singing skills. With mid-tones, sometimes hitting lower notes or shining with high ones, these two left us with our mouth wide open as they tackled each of their parts skillfully. In the end this track is a solid 5/5, not only for the formula used on the instrumental but also the intense, on point vocal performances.

Final rating: 5 stars

アイノハナ” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

Alive SOARA Kachofugetsu / SOARA (Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuuki Ono, Shin Furukawa, Taishi Murata, Chiharu Sawashiro)
SOARA (Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuuki Ono, Makoto Furukawa, Taishi Murata, Chiharu Sawashiro)

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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silva
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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