GROWTH joined their fellow label mates SOARA with another single release, their fifth so far. “FLOW AWAY” is part of the “Kachofugetsu Hana Hen” series that both groups are doing right now.
As suggested by our readers, let’s kick off this review.
Single: FLOW AWAY Label: Tsukino Pro Release date: 22/04/16 Genre: J-Pop
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1 – FLOW AWAY
With an ethereal, soothing instrumental revolving around the shamisen, vibes, a choir, acoustic guitar and taiko drums, “FLOW AWAY” is an unconventional track where Japanese traditional music takes the helm bringing acoustic elements into the mix to add those melodic final touches. While for many people this is a really unique song, its artistry really stands out and sets this group apart from the talented SOARA or even their label mates SolidS. How often do we get instrumental pieces that are fully or at least close to 90% of traditional elements only? Not as often as we’d like. In terms of vocal performance we need to point out Junta Terashima and Daiki Yamashita‘s impressive takes on the lyrics. Junta Terashima stands out easily throughout the whole song due to his distinct tone and control among the GROWTH members, but it’s especially in the chorus with his soothing low vocals as well as his steady mid-tones, that he strikes us, leaving us that feeling of having heard him somewhere and sometime before. It’s that uncany resemblance with Toshiki Masuda that really makes us want to check once again who’s really singing this song. On the other side Daiki Yamashita is the strongest high note hitter on this track, having a control over his tone that we just weren’t expecting. Yamaya and Shunichi are the ones responsible of steadily tying both poles, in the end creating a breathtaking performance – with special enphasis in the chorus – in which everyone is in total sync, having even time for some swift but beautiful ad-libs in the final chorus. Stunning track and breathtakingly beautiful instrumental. GROWTH is certainly a talented group to be on the lookout.
“FLOW AWAY” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.