The 69 of 2010
ROKKYUU's 6 best albums and 9 best singles of 2010 as well as the 69 of fashion!
Tokyo Heroes – Matsuro
Tokyo Heroes have been through many changes in their career, however, their current incarnation is utterly brilliant and nothing showcases that better than their early 2010 single Matsuro. Well-rounded, it features three very different but complementary tracks.
The first track, “Matsuro,” is a fun, heavier number that makes you want to dance around your bedroom when no one’s looking–that’s the guitar line talking. Meanwhile, the occasional riff inserts pull at that little devil inside that loves a taste of violence. The vocal line of the verse is dark and frantic, scaling up angrily then converting to a typical Japanese rap before getting to the real treat: the chorus. The hectic acceleration of instruments and voice is highly entertaining and catchy. It’s one of those songs that’s over way too soon unless you leave it on repeat for twenty minutes.
Sounding like something from a different band altogether, “Humanity” is by no means slow or laid back, but definitely has more of a ballad feel about it. The chiming notes of the guitar line could be highly relaxing at a slower pace but the drums push the number along, rescuing it from that boring lag many ballads descend into. The harsh but soft vocal line is a nice bonus atop the full sound of the music. “Machinochi” cleans things up with a dark ambiance. The opening intro is long but never boring, guitars either plucking or strumming a fascinating melody. The vocal entry is perfectly timed with a fresh melodic line and poignant lyrics. The number is so well written that you could leave it on while you drift off into a relaxed sleep or else listen intently and enjoy each aspect of the music.
Any of the three tracks could easily be a favorite whether you like only one style of music or many. Matsuro is definitely a must-listen.
Regular edition (3 track CD)
- Leela McMullen