Loli Salad’s Bi-Monthly Music Feature: Volume #14

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This is sad because I started this weeks ago and was so proud of myself because I thought I’d be done on time. I was wrong.

HARDCORE TANO*C – Irregular Nation

I won’t go to much into this one since I have trouble talking in depth about albums like this but damn, this is so good. It’s everything I want from an album like this. It feels fresh and full of originality and lacking in vocals which is something I appreciate a whole lot in this case (except in the final track which does feature vocals and is a decent track regardless).

I love the album from start to goddamn finish but if I had to pick some favourites Massive New Krew’s MUTANT, RoughSketch’s Dollhouse, Kobaryo’s Structure Of The Alchemy Forest,  aran’s Tethys and Nhato’s Deathtrap. But take this with a grain of salt because I’ve been listening to this whole album nonstop for a whole week and I still don’t want to listen to anything else 1.

Keiichi Okabe (MONACA) –
Yuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru Original Soundtrack

Yuki Yuna OST

I want to start including OSTs in this so let’s start with one from a few seasons ago that was surprisingly amazing.

Now, just watching the show I hadn’t thought too much about it. I had misjudged it, much like the series, by assuming the OST wanted to be like Madoka too. I did find out Emi Evans was involved before one of her tracks prominently played in the series which is disappointing because I imagine I would have fainted from shock had I been watching and heard a Drakengard 3-esque track from out of nowhere.

If it weren’t obvious from that comment, the team who did the amazing Drakengard 3 soundtrack also did this one. It incredibly shows in Usuyukiso which is a somber Emi Evans ballad very much like Fallen Angel from the former. Yugao is another track by her but not quite as melancholy sounding. Still, lovely all the same. I believe it’s also her that lends her vocals to Jukai no Nakae?

My love for Emi Evans aside, I think the real star of the album is Mankai. A battle theme that’s hopeful and uplighting and full of vigor. But also still kind of mysterious, just like the show. I also watched the previews with bated breath every episode and the preview song Hana to Hana is another version of Mankai so I’m always going to consider it the “theme of the series”.

This album has a lot of weirdly named tracks like ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆***** and ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆***** and ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆*****. No joke. And there are a bunch of them of varying stars and length.

The last one mentioned there is probably my favourite of the battle themes too. Looking past the vocals, I hear more of that D3 and I get excited. I’m too easily swayed.

The Yuki Yuna BDs also featured a bunch of remixes of OST tracks along with a bunch of additional tracks. However, I think focusing your attention on the main, actual OST is best. It features the best of the best from the series and it’s not that short at all.  There’s a lot of variety in the tracks featured and despite my numerous comparisons to Drakengard 3 and even Madoka, it manages to sound original and memorable with plenty of character that is different from both of those other two (though one is similar in sound design, the other similar in idea and execution).

Like the show itself, better than expected.

Bonus ~♥

Sapphire – Shiki no Uta (English Cover)

This is in the other post where I list songs I’m obsessed with but hey, I love it so goddamn much that I want to share it a billion times and no one can stop me.

TwilightzKTG – YURIKUMA Thriller

This is the Yuri Kuma Arashi opening, Ano Mori de Matteru, mixed with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I don’t know what else to tell you. It’s either amazing or awful or both. I can’t decide.

Notes:

  1. Which made writing the rest of this such a struggle.

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