Mitsuki Izumi “Mikazuki no Veil” (Review)

The third release of the “12 Songs Gift” is out. Mitsuki Izumi’s “Mikazuki no Veil” delivers a simplistic acoustic pop tune that will make your emotions waver.

For those that have been out of the loop: “12 Songs Gift” is a series of solo songs that started being released in this past January. A total of 12 singles, one for each member of IDOLiSH7TRIGGER and Re:vale, are scheduled to be released throughout the year. The solo songs releases coincide with the character’s birthdays.

Title: 三日月のヴェール (Mikazuki no Veil)
Label: Lantis
Release date: 03/03/2018
Genre: J-pop/Acoustic pop


1 - 三日月のヴェール

Track analysis:

1 – 三日月のヴェール

A slow paced, delicate melody leads the way for “Mikazuki no Veil”, song embraces a fully acoustic sound. So far, taking into account the other two 12 Songs Gift songs (Iori and Yamato), this is the one with the best vibe and that’s thanks to the instrumental. Opting for a rhodes piano and an acoustic guitar to lead the instrumental did wonders to this song as a whole. The rhodes piano added a dreamy depth to this song while the laidback acoustic guitar riffs took the listener to a quiet place in which each melody is made to gently touch and affect your emotions. Even though we’ve got such a gentle vibe and a slow paced instrumental, “Mikazuki no Veil” isn’t a ballad, at least not in its purist form. However we still find some hints of a ballad within the instrumental and the lyrics. The lyrics exude a mix of hope and melancholy, a blend that, with this instrumental, is more than set to attack your feelings.

Meant to be enjoyed, the instrumental’s pace is steady and the singing consistent, with Yonaga tackling everything without mistakes or odd takes on some notes. We must point out that his performance impressed us. Usually within IDOLiSH7, his vocals don’t stand out, at least not as much as we’d love. The fact that Yonaga is performing this solo song, showcasing his emotional vocals and beautiful falsetto, is something that we think a lot of his fans will be more than thankful for. He might go unnoticed, especially in a unit that has plenty of good vocalists, but he’s a good singer, this performance proves it. For those of you that haven’t payed attention to his vocals before – i.e. haven’t checked his work in other units or simply didn’t notice him on IDOLiSH7’s songs –, this is the perfect opportunity to take the time to listen to his clear vocals.

Mikazuki no Veil” follows the same formula as the previous 12 Songs Gift series releases, however it excels in all departments, and all with a discreet performance. The song is simple, sweet and the vocal performance is delicate but straight to the point. A feel-good song with the makings of a ballad set to brighten up these last cold Winter days.

Final rating:

This song is available for purchase on Online music stores (for overseas fans it’s available on iTunes).


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