BentoByte Sunday Sounds Volume 16 is here for your enjoyment. Starting with this volume, I’ll be slowly expanding the variety of music that will be included in the volumes. This series’ primary focus is on anime music and that will never change, but let’s throw some more in the mix. Anyway, let’s get on with the show!
I was first introduced to the Shibuya-kei genre on accident. I was searching for music from the Persona 3 soundtrack, but I couldn’t find it. One thing led to another and I eventually stumbled upon this song. Now, according to what I’ve read, this song is considered a classic in the genre and I can see why. It’s a calm song, soothing, nothing overbearing really. If you like jazz or lounge music, definitely start getting into Shibuya-kei. It’s an old genre and some music might be tough to get your hands on, but it’s worth the dig.
Aimer is a voice to listen for. She currently sings the opening theme for the second season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. This song, however, comes from the visual novel Fate/hollow ataraxia. I don’t know much about visual novels, but I do know that they’re an entirely different realm of entertainment and, if it’s Type-Moon and the Fate series, you can be sure that it’s going to be good. That being said, this song is, indeed, good. It fits right in with the Fate universe; there are some things you can just feel. Aimer sings the entire song in English and the lyrics are pretty fatalistic.
Now, Stereopony is no stranger to good music. Though they were only around a short time, their distinct sound is noteworthy. With only three members, they were able to bring to the table what most other full bands needed; I’d put them on par with SCANDAL in terms of quality of music. For the ZONE tribute album Zone Tribute: Kimi ga Kureta Mono, they covered ZONE’s song “Akashi“. The original is good, but Stereopony’s powerful delivery brings the song to an entirely new level. It’s a pipe dream to wish for Stereopony to reunite, but it’d be worth it.
I Want To Know
Izumi Makura x mabanua
If you haven’t seen Space Dandy, I highly recommend that you do. There’s no real plot to the show, but there are a few episodes that stand out above the rest in terms of quality. This song comes from the fifth episode of the show and it is sure to tug on your heartstrings. A nice mixture of jazz and hip hop vibes, this song is another one to just vibe to. Izumi Makura’s vocals are soft and serene over the soft timbre of the drums.
If you’ve seen The Irregular at Magic High School then you’ve heard ELISA’s voice: she sang the ending theme for the show. This song comes from the movie Expelled from Paradise and while the movie itself is good, this song sold it for me. It plays at the end of the movie and starts off soft but as it progresses, it picks up in tempo. It’s still calm enough that you can chill out to it but you’re still able to dance to it if you wanted to. In the final moments of the song, sweeping strings play, rounding out the piece as a whole and signifying a conclusion to the journey that was the movie.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Sunday Sounds. Be sure to come back next week for more music straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- Octopus Daughter – Serani Poji
- holLow wORlD – Aimer
- Akashi – Stereopony
- I Want To Know – Izumi Makura x mabanua
- EONIAN – ELISA