韻ふめ！どーぷちゃん (Dopechan) – Doping! (Type A)
The trio already proved to be at ease with different moods through their two MVs, the introspective and quite gloomy “メランコリー・ヒューマノイド” (Melancholy Humanoid) and the more EDM-ish and cheerful “Remains”; but actually both of them featured various shades of these emotions and in Doping! they include even more feelings in their music. Just give a listen to the bright lightheartedness of “シリシヨクエゴイズム” (Shirishiyoku Egoism), which incorporates rock-ish guitars, joyful rhythms and dreamy choirs; on the other hand, “ロンリーライダー” (Lonely Rider) brings back a bit of darkness through glitched piano melodies and ethereal synths.
This mini-album sounds like the perfect soundtrack for driving through the night, relaxing with the gentle lights of the street lamps and Dopechan‘s music to keep you company; the different emotions they bring through their songs will make you loop endlessy through these twenty minutes of music until you crave for more. And we need more from this unit.
Dopechan even manage to surprise you with “どーぷちゃんアンセム” (Dopechan Anthem), a short instrumental which unexpectedly delves into an almost industrial rock explosion; and, just like that, they go back to a nocturnal and almost jazzy sound with the bonus track. And then you remember why you love this group so much: the wide array of emotions you felt in their music ever since their first MV of “Remains” which always manage to amaze you.
If there is anything unsurprising in this release, it’s the quality of its content: I personally expected it to be this much enjoyable and it didn’t disappoint me at all. A very nice debut mini-album indeed.