-HIKARI- by Lolita23Q Sports a Sweet MV
If there is one thing to be said for Lolita23Q, they love their synths, judging by the A Type of the new single, -HIKARI-. It’s a sugar rush of a release, with both songs on the A type coming at you full pelt as eurobeat and rock collide, barely leaving the listener with time to take a breath.
Title piece “-HIKARI” starts off on a grungy note of thunderous drums and keyboard. It nestles quickly into the verses and Soshi’s smooth vocals. He even reaches for 80s style metal highs in the chorus. Generally, “-HIKARI-“ is solid, with an interesting melody where ryosuke’s bass stands out prominently beneath those synths, and has a sense of something grandiose and almost heroic, particularly as it fades out on space-like sounds, This song could be used well as an anime or action TV show opening which is reflected in the sci-fi flavored accompanying music video.
“GIGA WORLD” on the other hand, starts out well enough but soon the synths become too much. There’s too much shrieking in the ear and while the more measured verses, bridge, and chorus are pretty cool, soon the general melee of instruments fighting for room take their toll. Then, midway through the song goes on hold for a spot of… dual peddle drumming, rap, and bizarre techno bleeps. Very weird indeed. For 30 seconds you might think your player has chosen to skip to Orange Range. It doesn’t work and leaves “GIGA WORLD” a bit of a failed attempt.
As a single release, -HIKARI- has a lot of noise and while the title song comes recommended, the whole package is not their finest hour. We do insist that you watch the music video, however, because the quality leaves the usual VK music video behind in the dust!
- GIGA WORLD