The recently formed idol unit situasion balances an atmospheric sound with hard hitting beats in their latest EP Kawara Girls.
Formed in December of 2020, situasion
is a six member group composed of members Ai, Aimi, Aina, Suzu, Hina and Ayu. So far, they’ve released one full album, Debutante
, a single titled The Blue Dahlia
, and their latest EP Kawara Girls
, which dropped on May 8th.
Being an EP, there’s only four songs included on this release, with one being a short instrumental introduction called “Theme of New Reiwa”. The opening can be best described as glittery and dreamlike, with it’s shining ambiance and light instrumentation. At the halfway mark you get a taste of the other vibe situasion presents in their music: dance pop with a tinge of EDM and rock.
The second track, “Japanese Horror Story”, is the longest on the album. Clocking in at 5 minutes, it opens with a fun mix of synth. The vocals have an almost robotic effect layered onto them which is a great touch. Around the 1:30 mark, we’re returned to the dreamy realm we found previously, before being thrust into an incredibly heavy beat drop. I imagine anybody with some really high quality headphones would get an absolute kick out of it, as mine couldn’t fully capture the bass. The overall feeling of the song comes off as a rollercoaster ride with the switches between sections of high energy and relaxation. There are some really weird points where the mix gets really quiet, though, which I’m assuming could be error on the producer’s part.
The third song, “Yamatoya Beats”, holds most of the rock influence on the EP. The soaring flutes alongside the guitars and beat drops is such a cool touch as well. For me, the stand out point of the song is the chorus sung by all of the members– it elevates the song’s already infectious energy. The beat drop at the 2:48 mark is absolute nuts as well, one that I imagine would be a joy to hear at a concert. The final song, “Kawara Girls”, closes out the EP with a pretty, dream pop vibe. The touch of guitar and bells (and what I believe is zither as well?) fits right alongside the mood of the song. Though the atmosphere does stand out in the song, it doesn’t shy away from picking up speed in the choruses. Overall, it serves as a satisfying end to a pretty straightforward release.
Despite being a young group, situasion take a firm stance in their sound with the release of Kawara Girls. They’re definitely a unit to keep an eye on in the future.