Femme Fatale Enchant with FREYA

Review

by chi.yow, posted July 5, 2014

Among a slew of projects planned for 2014, Kaya is fronting a new band, fittingly named Femme Fatale, as the vocalist continues to dress in a graceful and elegant fashion. For this project, Kaya will be backed by experienced visual kei musicians including Chargeeeeee on drums, Iori on guitar (ex. Cocklobin) Toshi on bass (ex. A(Ace)), and TaNa (Gekijo) on guitar. With high expectations preceding its arrival, the band’s first single release, FREYA, gives listeners an enticing preview into another obscure and glamorous world spun by Kaya.

The title track “FREYA” starts with a mysterious intro of acoustic guitar chords that foreshadows the dark tale that is quickly unveiled with a flourish of organs and additional instruments. As for Kaya’s vocals, he continues to demonstrate his diverse range of techniques. For the starting verses, he keeps to a low purr which transitions smoothly to higher falsetto—with and without vibrato—and other notes in between throughout the story he weaves. There is even an interlude of cultic chanting to add another layer of impressive drama to the track, building toward a climatic finish.

On the other hand, second track “Akai hana” presents a more aggressive number. Interesting counterbalance is achieved as Kaya’s ethereal voice is overlaid with some effects alongside heavy guitar work and pounding drums. While both tracks mainly highlight Kaya’s vocal performance, “Akai hana” presents more chances for Iori, TaNa, Toshi, and Chargeeeeee to show their musicianship with little pockets of guitar and bass solos while the drums provide a solid base for the pace.

In short, the conclusion of FREYA leaves listeners in anticipation of the next chapter to come from Femme Fatale’s tale. While keeping an overall gothic element typical of Kaya’s projects, FREYA shows promise of newer elements being incorporated as the band and its mistress continue to develop.

Limited edition: CD + DVD and photo book.

Regular edition: CD + changeable jacket.

Track list

  1. FREYA
  2. Akai hana

Chi’s interest in visual kei stems from her love of art. The unique aesthetics in combination with the wide range of musical styles within the genre have been what has kept her interest in the visual kei scene for over a decade. The main image her friends and classmates have of her is with a camera in hand, face behind the viewfinder or screen. This image is also occasionally combined with memories of running around her to avoid getting into her panorama shots.

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