水屑となりて (Mikuzu to narite) by 游彩 (Yusai)

After 唄 (Riku) suddenly withdrew from ジン (ZIN) it was 雨音 類 (Amane) who picked up the position of vocalist, but misfortune seems to be chasing this band really, really badly since before the official release of this single it is now 雨音 類 (Amane) who has disappeared from the position of vocalist. Without a trace too.
In the meantime the remaining members have been forced to fire him from his position, leaving the band without a vocalist. They will continue their live schedule just like they did with their previous misfortune, but have also announced that they will disband 游彩 (Yusai) after the remaining tour dates have been finished…

Tracklist (CD):
01. 水屑となりて (Mikuzu to narite)
02. 無情なる輪廻 (Mujōnaru rinne)
03. 埋葬エゴイズム (Maisō egoizumu) (regular edtion only)

Tracklist (DVD):
01. 水屑となりて (Mikuzu to narite) (MV) (limited edition only)


水屑となりて (Mikuzu to narite)

(Composed by 慶 (Yoshi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
Starting off strong immediately, the title song for this single translates the feeling of moving water into music very well straight out of the gate. And the one controlling this water is none other than雨音 類 (Amane). His vocals once again seem to be the leader for what pace the instrumentals will support him in creating this song. A song that takes you on a trip from the beginning to the end, showing you exactly what rafting is like. But without the getting wet from the water part.
The music video also gives off the idea of water very well with the colors of the outfits of the members, but also the style of vocalist 雨音 類 (Amane)’s additional hat that makes an appearance in the video from time to time.

無情なる輪廻 (Mujōnaru rinne)
(Composed by 慶 (Yoshi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
Starting off a little slower than it’s predecessor the second song starts off with a more prominent bass line than any of the other songs the band made until now. While the instrumentals are slightly faster than the vocals most of the time the vocals are lulling in some way, once again giving off the feeling of water as an underlying tone. Showing off 雨音 類 (Amane)’s higher range as well as a hint of a vibrato throughout the entire song really makes you wonder why he didn’t use this before, because it fits his voice extremely well, especially with the pace the instrumentals are going. Overall the song is quite simple on an instrumental level and doesn’t make use of traditional instruments that much, if at all, but it is catchy in it’s own unique way.

埋葬エゴイズム (Maisō egoizumu)
(Composed by 大蛇 (Orochi), lyrics by 雨音 類 (Amane).)
The final song for this review is once again only found on the regular edition, and the first 游彩 (Yusai) song that’s actually composed by bassist 大蛇 (Orochi)! A very welcome surprise, since the traditional instruments make their return very prominently in this determined song, slightly overruling 雨音 類 (Amane) here and there, but in a good way. The surprisingly upbeat song has a very strong bass line running through it, making this song once again a first in 游彩 (Yusai)’s portfolio, in the best way possible. It’s also very nice to hear a bass guitar being highlighted in a song in this subtle way. A very good choice, and a very fitting closing song for this single.


Conclusion:

It’s a shame knowing this will be the last release of 游彩 (Yusai). I truly enjoyed their works from the very start to the very end, and I can’t even pinpoint a song or even a single which I liked the most. Each of them were unique in their own way, and to see someone with so much talent fall so quickly is just heartbreaking. Especially since there is absolutely no word about 雨音 類 (Amane) whatsoever. Not even from the other members. The band had a great run while it lasted, and I really hope that the members, including 雨音 類 (Amane), will find a project to call their own once more in the future.
Regardless, this single is right up there with it’s two predecessors. You absolutely have to like the genre to like their music, but there is little to nothing I can pick on in terms of skill for each member. They really know each other’s skills and limitations and keep those into account during the writing and the recording, resulting in music that only they can perform in the way that they did perform it.

Final score: 85/100

Release information:
Artist: 游彩 (Yusai)
Release: 水屑となりて (Mikuzu to narite) (single)
Release date: November 22, 2017
CD number: NSRC-0015A (limited edtion) / NSRC-0015B (regular edition)

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