BentoByte is here for the seventh volume of Sunday Sounds. This week is a little different as all of the songs are from the same source…more or less. So let’s get this show on the road!
Burenai ai de
This week’s Sunday Sounds is all about Hatsune Miku and, to start it off, I’m leading this volume with my absolute favorite song using her. I produce music in my spare time (admittedly, I am not that good), but I can appreciate the production value of a song. “Burenai ai de” is far and above the quality of any other Hatsune Miku song I have ever heard. Usually, when you listen to Vocaloid, you can tell that it is, indeed, Vocaloid. However, with this song, you might as well be listening to live singer; the mixing is just that fantastic. On top of that, the layers of all of the sounds add up to create one fantastic piece.
“Hibikase” is a powerful piece. It sounds like something your standard EDM producer might throw together, but it feels different. Not only because of the vocalist but because the video itself is an experience. The lyrics bounce around the video, adding to the overall feel of the song. Any song with Vocaloid is a multimedia experience, meant to be engaged with as many senses as possible. I am a sucker for glitch and this song just bleeds it. It’s definitely worth listening to once…or twice…maybe five times.
Carry Me Off
I was literally just talking about how Vocaloid songs are a multimedia ordeal. “Carry Me Off” is special to me because the video is very simple: it’s Hatsune Miku, it’s the lyrics, it’s a simple, sometimes gradient background. There isn’t a lot that throws off the eyes and, as for the music, it is structured very well. Unlike “Burenai ai de” which I feel like tries to hide the fact that it is a Vocaloid song, this one makes strong use of the flange that you hear with such music. When used the right way, this audio effect can be very powerful and “Carry Me Off” definitely makes excellent use of it.
“Love Trial” is more poppy and upbeat than the other four songs on this list. The use of brass instruments in addition to electronic sounds are what draw me to this: just like way back in Sunday Sounds: Volume 1 when I talked about Souzou Forest. The breakdown that occurs around 2:15 is something to watch out for as, even though it is a produced song, it feels like something that could easily happen live and in person. It feels…freestyle and unique. The song then tones down a bit, as expected if you are aware of musical structure, before picking right back up to a familiar rhythm and sound as the song closes out. It’s standard, it’s familiar, it’s fun, and it’s worth adding to your collection of music.
This song is fast, hard, and rough. It feels grimy, it sounds dirty, and it’s all kinds of right. If you could turn a rock song into an electronic production, “Streaming Heart” would be one of the many results you could make. The triplet breakdowns before the hard riffs during the chorus turn this from your standard rock-sounding song into something with anticipation. Throughout the song, there are empty segments that lead you more into this feeling, leaving you just wanting more and more and more. The song continues to pick up and progress the more you listen to it and, when it ends, I feel no other compulsion other than to start the song over; it sounds addictive.
That’s it for this week’s Sunday Sounds! Be sure to tune in next week for more sounds straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- Burenai ai de – MitchieM feat. Hatsune Miku
- Hibikase – Giga feat. Hatsune Miku
- Carry Me Off – Hachioji P feat. Hatsune Miku
- Love Trial – 40MP feat. Hatsune Miku
- Streaming Heart – DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku