The seventeenth volume of BentoByte’s hit music series Sunday Sounds is here. This week, I’ve got some music lined up for you, so let’s get this ball rolling.
Dance Dance Dance
Miu Sakamoto isn’t super well-known in anime-centric circles, but for those of you that are into Vocaloid might recognize her voice: she provides the voice for the Vocaloid Mew. When I first found out her music, I initially listened to “Phantom Girl’s First Love” which is also a really good song. However, after admittedly not much digging, I stumbled upon this song. It’s pretty calm for a dance song. As I listened to it, I would imagine myself in the tropics or something. It feels warm, but it feels subtle and cool enough to remain focused. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Bokura Wa Ima No Naka De
This song is actually the first opening for the anime Love Live!. The show is actually fairly entertaining and admittedly cute. For an idol show, I did not expect myself to become so attached to the characters but, more importantly, the songs. You’d think that a nine-piece group would feel like a bit much but it works to their advantage. I guess I could consider this song one of my “guilty pleasure” songs since, compared to the rest of the songs I’ve presented on Sunday Sounds, an idol song is probably one of the last things a reader would expect (that and hip-hop, but don’t discount that just yet). Suffice it to say, the song is cheerful, cute, and happy: everything and idol song needs to put a smile on your face.
Sad Machine (dj-Jo Remix)
Okay, you’re probably wondering why this song is on here. First of all, I am a huge fan of dj-Jo’s music and there’s always a good chance that something of his will end up on a Sunday Sounds piece. Secondly, the guy is just that good. Every single thing he puts out is absolutely amazing. Even though most of his work tends to be geared towards remixes of anime songs, there are a few that just stand out due to their quality; this is one such song. The original version of “Sad Machine” has a synthesized voice singing, so adding Hatsune Miku’s voice onto this remix was just the right call.
end of refrain
la la larks
la la larks remains one of my favorite bands even though they do not have as much exposure as other bands. Their sound is still unique, keeping that small-room band feel, yet it still fills everything. Yumi’s voice, as always, is soft over this dancy, groovy beat. This song comes off of the ending song single for M3: The Dark Metal, much like the song “ego-izm.” However, compared to that song, “end of refrain” is much more upbeat and, to me, nicer on the ears.
ESNO feat. daoko
daoko continues to impress me. The more I dig for music with her, the more I’m surprised. Whatever work she happens to do just seems to fit with her voice and this song is no exception. daoko’s whispered vocals lay on top of the rhythmic kicks that are commonly found in hip-hop music. However, Japanese hip-hop and American hip-hop can really be considered two separate genres; while this song can be categorized as hip-hop, it still has that feel of pop and that upbeat nature that separates it from the rest. If you want another daoko song to listen to, be sure to put this one in your pocket because this song impressed me very much.
Well, that’s it for this week’s Sunday Sounds. Be sure to tune in next week for more music sent straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- Dance Dance Dance – Miu Sakamoto
- Bokura Wa Ima No Naka De – μ’s
- Sad Machine (dj-Jo Remix) – Porter Robinson
- end of refrain – la la larks
- Dusk Parallelism – ESNO feat. daoko