The 69 of 2010
ROKKYUU's 6 best albums and 9 best singles of 2010 as well as the 69 of fashion!
One of the worst aspects of vk music is the overbearing sameness. Too many times when I put my iPod on shuffle I have no idea which band is playing, because they all merge into a big visual blob. It was such a breath of fresh air this year to stumble across the Helios album.
From the opening moments of “Adore,” a complex web of sounds weave a rich piece of music with chanting, distorted ethereal notes. The music soars in “Helio” before reaching its peak in the symphonic trio of “Another world,” “Again and again” and a “Growth ring scroll.” Each song is like a different movement of the same piece, following on seamlessly with similar themes that reverberate throughout. The lyrics develop and grow over the course of the music and are linked together by the beating heart that abruptly ends “Again and again” before a “Growth ring scroll” begins. This is a composition that works equally as well with dramatic staging, as we’ve seen at the She Said Under the Helios live. The song possibly comes too early in the album, as the second half of Helios relies more heavily on straightforward vk tracks that sound almost dull in comparison.
That being said, there are some nice moments in the latter half of the album. “Monochrome” skips along with a retro 60s vibe, and “Life is” sticks in the mind with its feel-good tagline: “Life is melody.”
It isn’t a big surprise that Kannivalism’s album worked out this way, since Kei’s experimental solo efforts last year gave some indication of where Kannivalism’s key songwriter was heading. In Helios, he has developed this experimental style further. Let’s hope that Kannivalism continues on this trend.
Limited Edition A: Helios (13 track CD + DVD mum. PV and off-shots )
Limited Edition B: Helios (13 track CD + DVD live footage from December 26 2009)
Regular Edition: Helios (13 track CD)
- In Fact
- Another World
- Again and Again
- A Growth Ring Scroll
- Glory ＆ You
- Life is
- Sarah Jones