Three times the charm: the idol unit MyDearDarlin’ bring us some teases of what’s to come with three brand new singles!
The first of the set is “Natsu ga Kuru” (Summer is Coming), released on July 24th. At first, the song opens with a shimmery soundscape and piano notes, making me think that I was about to experience a rather heartfelt ballad track. Instead, it opens up to fanfare and electric guitar alongside the unit’s harmonized chants, brightening up the mood and showing boundless energy. The verses have the members going back and forth between the main vocalists and backing vocals, and the chorus has them all coming together in glee. One of my absolute favorite things idol groups do is sing altogether in the chorus, especially when their voices can match well together. There’s a string section in the bridge to reel the listener in before heading back into the exuberant chorus, this time with a key change, and finally closing the song with the promise of summer’s arrival.
The second single, “Wagamama HOLiDAY” brings us Christmas in July… on the 31st, to be exact. This one was a real head bopper for me, especially in the super catchy chorus. The major standout is the use of horns; alongside the cheery bells and acoustic guitar, they bring their own special blend of festive and fun. Much like the other song, it’s got everyone singing together in the chorus and taking turns in the verses, and these girls really know how to work some fun harmonies in the backing vocals. This song was right at the top on my list of favorites… and then I checked out the third single.
“Symphony #5” is the most recent single, having come out the day of writing this (August 1st). I’ll be honest, I expected the same vein of sugary sweet pop as the last two songs, if not something orchestrally based, but I was greeted with a completely different vibe entirely. The song opens with whispered vocals, foreshadowing the lyrics to the chorus (which is so much fun, by the way), before making way to hard rock tinged with electro pop. The second I heard those electric guitars and the booming drums I was taken aback, albeit happily. The vocals here have a bit more power behind them than the last two tracks (and there’s even a spot where some cool vocal effects are added). The 1:23 mark has a real interesting vibe change, casting aside the digital effects for just the rock elements, and then sliding back into its original shared sound. All around, it was a pleasant surprise, and there might be a chance that MyDearDarlin’ has gone down this avenue in the past, something I might have to look further into.
There you have it: three new singles from MyDearDarlin’ and three new opportunities for any listeners to check out this group, be it for the first time or to hear the new ensemble of voices. Hopefully we’ll get something more from these girls later in the year!
|Album:||Natsu ga Kuru / Wagamama HOLiDAY / Symphony #5|
|Date:||2021-07-24 / 2021-07-31 / 2021-08-01|
|篠崎麗 (Shinozaki Rei)|
|是枝優美 (Koreeda Yumi)|
|水城梓 (Mizushiro Azusa)|
|咲真ゆか (Sakuma Yuka)|
|東條ゆりあ (Tojo Yuria)|
|美咲優羽 (Misaki Yuu)|
|夢実あすか (Yumemi Asuka)|
|葉山かえで (Hayama Kaede)|