Migma Shelter – Coro Da Noite

Migma Shelter

With their latest EP Coro da Noite, Migma Shelter bring us some Latin-inspired beats and a hard rock b-side.

Migma Shelter are a highly interesting group, dedicating themselves fully to a psychedelic trance sound — going so far as to turn their live shows into actual raves — that shines a cool beacon of light on them amongst their peers. Last year, despite the struggles of COVID and the reboot of a new lineup, we were given the full length effort Alice, and now the six member group has brought us the EP Coro da Noite, which contains two new songs and their respective instrumentals.

The title track “Coro da Noite” opens with a more relaxed trance beat before giving way to some gorgeous acoustic guitar, a foreshadowing of the elements to come later in the song. The bass is nice and heavy, the vocals amplified by the very minimal instrumentation in the verses. Doing this makes their voices feel a little more spacious and hypnotic alongside the thumping beats. Hints of flute here and there also add to the building atmosphere before the chorus takes over with some snazzy drum beats and the guitar from before. The song keeps its tempo pretty consistently throughout the song, which I feel contrasts pretty well with the second track “Bang On”. From the jump we’re greeted with electric guitar and a slowly building beat alongside breathy and pretty vocals, gearing us up for a wild ride of a song. Indeed, it has quite the amount of sonic ups and downs, from the hard rock influences to the minimalist style of the pre-chorus and the repeated slow builds — one in particular starts up at the 2:20 mark and had me getting ready for what I was expecting to be a real brutal bass drop, but instead mellowed itself out. However, in the last few minutes of the song, the trance vibes fully take over and keep up some great energy to allow for a pretty satisfying finish.

Though it’s a really quick listen, Coro da Noite is a bright ball of energy in a small package. Here’s to hoping for more rave-worthy tracks from Migma Shelter in the future!

少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) – Mannequin Invasion

少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin)

Nobody Expects the Mannequin Invasion! Electro-pop duo 少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) brings chaos and cheer with their second album.

There’s nothing that suits the bright summer energy quite like a fast paced, energetic, perhaps even chaotic, album. While the temperatures are hot, The Girl Mannequin has brought us music that’s even hotter with their second album Mannequin Invasion. Formed under the company EATS MUSIC, the duo (made up of members Heito and Yamishi) released the 7 tracks on June 17th.

The overall feeling of the album is quite wild, with frequent usage of vocal effects and distortion. The first track, “MiSS FiNGER” opens slow and quiet before diving deep into some hard hitting EDM (it almost gets industrial in some sections). The vocals in the verses are delivered in an almost haunting fashion that adds an air of creepiness, amplified by the glitching sounds throughout the track. “Boomerang”, the follow up, continues the upbeat feelings and glitched sound with an instrumental break halfway through that borders on digital hardcore. The vocals, however, feel a little bit forward in the mix.

Track three, “Mental Crazy Claymore”, which molds true to its name, has a unique switch up in the funky opener and some rock elements sprinkled throughout. It’s arguably the most chaotic song on the album with its frequent switch ups in not just sound but vocal sections. “Over-The-Loop” makes use of rapping in its verses and, sonically, is a little more well balanced in terms of structure and even features some Spanish in the breakdown.

“Goth Note”, the fifth track, serves as the most aggressive song on the album with its mix of metal and breakcore elements. The vocals have a spooky quality to them that’s amplified by their now characteristic distortion and vocal effects, as well as titulature gothic elements at the 2:30 mark. The following track, “Electric Dance”, has a darker feel as well despite the simple electro pop beat and relaxed vibes (compared to the last song, for sure!). The pre-chorus is the perfect build up for the simple, but effective, main chorus, which I felt was the best on the album with it’s perfect blend of bounce and the tinges of piano notes. The seventh and final track, “Happy Time”, is the longest on the album at a little over four minutes. The beat is simple and stripped down with very little use of distortion or special effects. It’s poppy and sweet, a perfect end for an otherwise rollercoaster ride of an album.

If you’re looking for something that’ll grab you by the hand and yank you into a world of high spirited (and hard hitting) electro pop, then look no further! I’d also recommend going through the rest of the The Girl Mannequin catalogue for similar and snappy tracks, like the single My Black White Rabbit and their re-recording ver.01 EP.

星歴13夜 (Seireki13ya) – MythEpoc

星歴13夜 (Seireki13ya) - MythEpoc

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.

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