Growth “Unmei no Pendulum” (Review)

From the little details in the instrumental to the bigger picture with the epic soundscape or their haunting harmonies and breathtaking solo parts, Growth managed to make Unmei no Pendulum a memorable song.

Title: ALIVE RE:START series vol.6 Growth
Label: Tsukipro/Movic 
Release date: 31/05/2019 
Genre: Baroque pop

Tracklist:

1- 運命のペンデュラム
2- 運命のペンデュラム -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – Unmei no Pendulum

The sound of a ticking clock sets the tone for this epic song. Dramatic strings, powerful timpani and delicate piano melodies easily make this song stand out. Stripped down from most elements commonly found in their baroque music, Unmei no Pendulum is still a powerful song in which epic progressions, haunting backing vocals and the minimalistic instrumental are enough to grab the listener’s attention.

But the cherry on top is Growth‘s vocals. Their harmonizations make chills run down the spine; the falsetto by Toki, the vibrato by Terashima, those haunting high notes by Yamashita and the emotion on Yoshitaka’s vocals make this song a unique and haunting auditory experience.

From the little details in the instrumental to the bigger picture with the epic soundscape or their haunting harmonies and breathtaking solo parts, Growth managed to make Unmei no Pendulum a memorable song.

Playing around with their trademark baroque pop sound, stripping it down to a softer, quieter take on the genre was quite ingenious. To add to this, the vocals are a delight to listen to. Unmei no Pendulum explored the time theme in haunting fashion, impressing beyond words.

Final rating:

ALIVE Growth 「RE:START」 Series 6 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

ALIVE Growth "RE:START" Series / Koki Eto (CV: Junichi Toshiki), Kensuke Yaegashi (CV: Yoshitaka Yamaya), Ryota Sakuraba (CV: Daiki Yamashita), Mamoru Fujimura (CV: Junta Terashima)
Koki Eto (CV: Shunichi Toshiki), Kensuke Yaegashi (CV: Yoshitaka Yamaya), Ryota Sakuraba (CV: Daiki Yamashita), Mamoru Fujimura (CV: Junta Terashima)
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Author: midorin

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Currently based in Macau SAR. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to completely dedicate herself to writing about male seiyuu music.

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