And now for something completely different.
Long time no see, friends. Between finals week, job hunting, and an overall lack of conclusive opinions on current anime, I have not posted in weeks. Months? I dunno.
Anyway, I am here on this fine night to bring you a brief overview of the new Touhou doujin music wave that has been released onto the world at Reitaisai 10. I will be posting all the albums that I recommend that you give a listen to, just keep in mind that I’m rather opinionated so you may want to do a bit of exploring later on if you’re interested.
For reference, most albums can be found here: http://vermiliongrey.com/music/reitaisai-10/
If not, check /jp/, they’ll have it.
[Alstroemeria] DEGENERATE DANCEHALL - Didn’t see it coming. Not as good as DOMINATED DANCEHALL from the winter, but still, it’s Alst. It breaks precedent by putting the Sakaue Nachi track third instead of second. This album is meant to be listened nonstop from beginning to end as the songs fade each other. The entire album can be listened to in this video. It gets better each time you listen to it. A solid 8.5/10, though its predecessors were easily 9/10s.
[EastNewSound] Mindless Act - I really love this album, and it’s got some brilliant tracks on it. I personally LOVE Invisible Full Moon and Emotional Skyscraper arranged, and this album has both. It’s kinda pop-ish, kinda electronic-ish. I personally prefer the Invisible Full Moon arrange on it, it’s catchy. 9.5/10 for the album.
[Yuuhei Satellite] Anohana Sakuya - Yuuhei is always great but never excellent, an 8/10 as always. I feel like they’re too afraid to try something that diverges too much from the original tracks, but that’s part of their charm, I guess. Also, senya’s vocals are to die for.
[Diao ye zong] itazura - I downloaded this blindly, and I must say I am very impressed. Again, it gets my personal bias for it because it has Merami and 3L on vocal, but I also do love the Ancient Temple arrange on it. On top of that, it has classy piano arranges. Nothing better than good vocals AND classy piano. 8.5/10.
[Diverse System] thE4.5 - Delicious, delicious DnB. I love DnB, plus it’s got some good composers behind it, notably sakuzyo. 8.5/10.
[Sally] Rope - All TH7 arranges, I know quite a few people who would like that. Good selection of vocalists, and pretty good rock arrangements. One of my favorites so far, a bit of a Dreamcast-esque feel to it. 8.5/10.
[Shinra-Bansho] Paraiso - I just discovered this circle. They’ve only got two albums out, but they’re absolutely brilliant. Their rock is absolutely fantastic, and their arrange of Koishi’s theme is my single favorite song to come out of Reitaisai10 so far. 10/10
[ESQUARIA] recollection - A brand new circle. They’ve definitely caught my attention with their rock/dubstep arranges. They also managed to evoke a new side of one of my favorite vocalists, Merami. Merami is famous for singing both denpa/pop AND screamo, and now she sings for dubstep remixes too. What a range. 8.5/10
[Shibayan] TOHO BOSSA NOVA 2 - As the title implies, it is a bossa nova arrange of a number of Touhou themes. Shibayan is one of my favorite composers, and he’s got quite the arsenal of singers at his disposal, including 3L and the famed yanagi nagi. It’s very relaxing to listen to. 8/10
That’s all for now, I will make another post as more albums come up.