Take a trip into the past and future listening to MythEpoc, the latest EDM-infused release by codomomental idol unit 星歴13夜 (Seireki13ya).
The lovely Seireki13ya
took me on quite a journey with their latest album MythEpoc
, released on May 12. Prior to this, a lot of the groups I had been reviewing all contained a shared element of rock and metal, with some tasteful dashes of electronica sprinkled throughout, so when I decided to take this review on I knew I’d be in for something different just by looking at the cover art (that contains the original five-members line up despite Fuwa Akane graduating back in March; this leads me to believe she’s still featured). For me, and possibly longtime fans of the group, the best word I can use to describe these girls is dreamy
, with the atmosphere of their songs whisking you away to a place of joy, calm and light; exactly like their previous effort Hugdreamy Horoscope
MythEpoc contains 12 songs, with six being brand new and six previous singles. Our first song, “Romantic Escape”, opens with a twinkling atmosphere. It then dives into an EDM beat that’s sure to get you on your feet. The use of a bass throughout the track that adds some wonderful depth alongside the glittering digital soundscape. “Shilly Shally”, one of the new songs, has a galloping introduction that sets the song at a much faster pace than the previous. It’s a fun track that reminded me of my days playing Dance Dance Revolution at an arcade with friends. At the 2:33 mark there’s a pretty fun drop, but aside from that there’s no wild twists and turns, as the song remains pretty consistent throughout (something all the songs on this album are very good at).
“Baby Baby Cupid” starts off with some bounce. The chorus is a lot of fun, with the background chant effects making you want to participate yourself. Much like the aforementioned songs, it retains a light and dreamy atmosphere, with the sugary sweet vocals of the members adding to the feeling. “Noisey Poemy Sweety” is one of the most surprising tracks on the album with a rap verse in the second verse and a major bass drop (fittingly introduced by a drop the bass announcement) around the 2:50 mark. Despite this, the song doesn’t feel like it’s doing too much. Everything is well put together and melts together quite well. The video game sounds towards the end are also a sweet touch.
“Night Merry” feels worthy of being on a festival set list, a song perfect for the upcoming summer season. It’s not as high energy as the last few songs, but it keeps to the dance pop vibe while still being simplistic. “The Dream of a Long-Awaited Star” kicks off at a faster pace with a glittering intro and dial tone-esque noises. It seems to have some subtle eurobeat influences, like something you’d hear in a club in the 90s, and the bass once again adds some really nice dimension.
“Face2”, my favorite track on the album, displays the higher range of vocals from Seireki13ya‘s girls alongside a wonderfully atmospheric beat. It’s full of energy, and the build up in the beginning is sure to get you going and dancing along. Not to mention that chorus! It’s definitely one to sing loud and proud to. “Ai ka Higurashi” blooms with high energy right from the jump, carrying the most rock influence on the album with an infectious beat and build ups. The pre-chorus being down tempo assists in furthering the anticipation for an explosive chorus. The closing instrumental is pretty headbang-worthy if I do say so myself.
“Dear” stays sweet and simple, befitting for a song that I believe carries a heartfelt message displayed in the vocals. There’s some use of guitar, but nothing too extreme. “Tone Nostalgia” stays pretty true to its name in giving a feeling of reminiscence in the beat and lyrics. I can best describe it as having a very galactic atmosphere, assisted by some vocal effects in the chorus and some of the glittering sounds throughout. “Blindly Dreamin’” is the last of the high-bpm tracks on the album, kicking off at a pretty good pace from the get go. The pre-chorus is sure to get you bobbing your head alongside the beat almost instantly. The final song, “See You”, is our sentimental album closer, with a pretty and slow piano interlude carried alongside sweet vocals. It’s a relaxed and emotional tune with the song switch up being a key change at 3:50, amplifying the atmosphere just a touch before wrapping up in a neat bow.
I’m a very huge fan of musical artists who know how to incorporate atmosphere into their music, and Seireki13ya does it masterfully throughout this album. I didn’t want to overuse the word dreamy, but that’s really how the whole thing felt, like you’re traversing through a beautiful starry dimension. This was a fun direction to go in for my reviews, and I’ll certainly be coming back to this album in the future.