BentoByte Sunday Sounds Volume 21 is here with a slightly altered theme this week. Instead of my own music, I’ve gone ahead and asked some of the staff here at BentoByte to give me a few of their favorite pieces of music. I’ve looked at them all and listened to them, so here are a few that stand out.
μ’s makes a return in Sunday Sounds with “START:DASH!!”. This song is one of the first songs performed by μ’s, having been performed by its initial members Umi, Honoka, and Kotori. The song was then performed again with all nine members later on in the series. The song starts off with piano, before quickly adding in a few instruments, getting right into the thick of things with the chorus of the song. It follows a standard progression throughout the song, but it does give that sense of moving forward. In the show, it was written with that intent, so it is only natural to have it feel that way.
Your Body is a Weapon
Throughout this song, there’s a chorus singing in the background and it adds a bit of weight to it. Personally, I like the voice of the lead singer. It has a very alternative feel and the lyrics are very powerful, with both a sense of urgency and danger as the lead singer vocalizes about needing to be wary of another, yet wanting to be in their presence. The plucking guitar as well as the steady bass keeps the song on a consistent flow. Overall, this song is very toe-tapping and if you want a song in your pocket with great lyrics and a wonderful backing track that isn’t in Japanese, this is one song to have.
Chuunibyou x Kendrick Lamar
Well, here we have a wonderful mashup, taking the ending theme song to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions and mashing it up with Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools“. At first, when I first heard the song, I did not think that it was going to work. When I gave it a listen, I was absolutely floored; not only does the song work, but it works too well. The lyrics–once belonging to a fast-paced rock song–have been given new life in a downtempo hip-hop beat. There is nothing you can do to this song except groove out to it as it plays out. Give it a listen and see for yourself if you don’t believe it.
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
A classic piece and the second classical song in Sunday Sounds, this song was featured during Your Lie in April as the final performance of the main character Kousei Arima. A beautiful piece that sounds as if it is almost a duel of sorts, it progresses in its entirety for nearly ten minutes. Unparalleled in its masterfulness, it progresses and picks up in intensity as it continues down its length. There is true power to be had in this piece and, honestly, it is one classical piece worth a listen to at least once.
The only rap song on this list, “ODYSSEY” sounds like a very personal song and once you dive into the lyrics, it really is. It sounds almost harmonic and consistent as it goes on. Almost halfway through the song, the lyrics tend to pick up a bit as the pace of the rapping increases, yet the intensity of the song stays the same throughout. The chorus of the song is beautiful and, though it stands out a little bit, it does add to the overall feel of the song. It sounds as if it is an anthem, almost tribal in a sense, which you don’t tend to find in mainstream rap music nowadays.
That’s it for BentoByte Sunday Sounds Volume 21. Be sure to tune in next week for more music sent straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time.
- START:DASH!! – μ’s
- Your Body is a Weapon – The Wombats
- Poolside Identity – Chuunibyou x Kendrick Lamar
- Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 – Frédéric Chopin
- ODYSSEY – No Wyld