雨 (Ame) by 游彩 (Yusai)

After their very powerful first release “アイラク偽心” (Airaku nise kokoro) 游彩 (Yusai) returns with their second single. While the first single had a strong feeling of fire all over it, the second single now showcases the idea of rain in both it’s name and it’s sound, showcasing more of the band’s skills for us to enjoy.

Tracklist (CD):
01. 雨 (Ame)
02. 渇望 (Katsubou)
03. 真宵路 (Mayoimichi) (regular edition only)

Tracklist (DVD):
01. 雨 (Ame) (MV) (limited edition only)


雨 (Ame):
(Composed by 慶 (Yoshi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
A slower song going in the ballad category, giving a very good presentation of how “rain” can actually be translated into musical notes. Something that I hope was intentional, given that the translation of the title of the song is actually “rain” in English. Switching between faster and slower verses the song isn’t a true ballad, but regardless a very good demonstration of what the group is capable of while being fronted by a different vocalist.
The music video for this song has been filmed in front of a waterfall with a purple-ish hue overruling most of the other colors in the video to once again fit with the theme of rain. The one who stands out most is guitarist 慶 (Yoshi), because his red hair really screams for attention in the background while the other members are almost disappearing in their outfits. Little fun fact there…

渇望 (Katsubou):
(Composed by 慶 (Yoshi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
On the other hand, the second song of the single prefers a faster overall rhythm and shows off more of the sound the band had already presented with their previous single. The vibe of the title song of the previous release is clearly present, combining traditional elements with modern instruments seamlessly while vocalist 雨音 類 (Amane) provides his unique vocals to the mix to create a clear contrast between the fast instrumentals and his soothing voice.

真宵路 (Mayoimichi):
(Composed by 慶 (Yoshi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
The final song is a faster-paced one as well, but this time a cheerful vibe can be heard in between the other instrumentals. Starting off immediately with a quick pace is really one to make the audience get up and moving during live performances, but this song is sure to dance you all the way to the end of the single with a smile on your face.


Conclusion:

The neo-traditional elements and style are still very, very present in  游彩 (Yusai)’s work and even though they’re now working with one guitarist instead of two (since guitarist Luy took over the vocals in their previous band ジン (ZIN) after vocalist 唄 (Riku) withdrew from the band before changing his name to 雨音 類 (Amane)) you really don’t miss the second guitar in their music. The band has a clear image of what they want to achieve with their sound and seem to hold on to that perfectly.

For fans who like the traditional Japanese instruments being mixed with modern ones 游彩 (Yusai) is still one band to keep an eye out for, because vocalist 雨音 類 (Amane) has a unique voice even in this genre and the combination of both worlds is in perfect harmony rather than fighting for dominance.


Final score:
85/100

Release information:
Artist:
游彩 (Yusai)
Release
: 雨 (Ame) (single)
Release date:
July 26, 2017
CD number:
NSRC-0014A (limited edtion) / NSRC-0014B (regular edition)

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