Colour By Neon – ☆ASDR☆

Name: Colour By Neon

Producer: ☆ASDR☆ (Sycee, MSKyuuni, Karnia*Joy, IrisFlower, LeJosuaManga, Pastel, Raito, ManaT, baggagelizard, MakushiFrequency, VocallegraHelen, KNEMATCS, & Mrs. Peach – Founder)

Release Date: June 10, 2017 (Pre-Order Available)

Vocaloid: Cyber Songman, Megurine Luka, Dex, Diana, Avanna, Kagamine Rin, Gumi, Oliver, Zabunne Ally, Cyber Diva

Statistics are from the official Bandcamp and founder Mrs. Peach!

You know, I’ve really been in a tight spot with computer and internet troubles, but now that I’ve gotten it fixed I’m blowing up my hot air balloon and riding the wind- and when I say fixed I mean they shut my internet off because I went over the 150 GB mark one too many times and now I’m taking my balloon to Subway for the internet! And ever since that sponsorship on my Top 10 Unique Vocaloid Songs video, I bought some foam so I would sound crisper on my channel! Not only that, but the Producer’s Glide is looking to be a successful posting. I’ve had so many people come up to me, it’s uncanny.

I had the honor to meet Mrs. Peach, the founder of ASDR, a circle of very many prominent Vocaloid creators, mostly English, or otherwise. So here I am now, reviewing ASDR’s new album that releases June 1o, 2017. I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN

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Overview:

Within the Vocaloid community lies a lady who owns a Circle meant for producers of all kinds. This lady’s name is known as Mrs. Peach, or VocaPeach, and LO AND BEHOLD, she has just announced the newest album from the circle ASDR (short for AssembleSynthesizeDirectRelay comprised of western Vocaloid/Utau producers) which is also their 4th album release. If you’ve read the info up top, then you’d know that the release date is June 10, 2017, but you can pre-order it for $10, and when you do, you will get 4 tracks as a pre-order gift- you can check out the one’s you can get with the links on the song review! I was also told it would release midnight GMT… but I don’t know where that it ( >~<) maybe in the UK. But, it will release worldwide and be available for everyone who can get their money to them- because unfortunately, not every country has a program like Paypal that handles money. Poor people, they won’t get to experience this old school type album that literally reminds you of 80’s music from the US and UK. With genres ranging from Synth-Pop and Hair Metal, you’re ejected from the old classic nintendo consoles into the land before my time (I call it that as the time before I was born, I’m a 90’s babuu)

When available for download, you will get 12 songs. And don’t forget that Bandcamp is a free streaming service, so you can either download it or stream it, but I prefer to download because I have a 10 TB harddrive… not important! What is important, however, is that all proceeds made from this album and others go to a suicide prevention charity known as Befrienders.org– Ok, I’m buying the album just because of that! When I have the money…

They also have a website, a facebook, a YouTube channel, and of course the Bandcamp Page!

Or if you don’t wanna click, or can’t, here are the URL’s:

  • Our website: http://asdrlabels.com
  • Our Bandcamp: http://asdr.bandcamp.com
  • Like Us: https://www.facebook.com/ASDRLabel/
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGKjWoRV-tzT5MuTQHk1KeA

Time for the reviewing!

 

Tracklist:

  1. Colour By Neon
  2. Hard to Get
  3. Dance Up On Me
  4. Jubilee
  5. No More
  6. Desert Lament
  7. Forget Me Not
  8. The Freedom To See
  9. Outlaws
  10. Radial Radial Remixers
  11. Out of Control
  12. Drive By Cyanide

Emotion Rating: Look under the song titles in the “Detailed Review” to see Mr. Opinion Face’s emotion on the song. Plus, if there is a “Sawbat Approved” Icon, the song is top notch as mine and Sawbat’s favorite of the album- we have the same tastes.

The song names that come with links are songs you can listen to on the Bandcamp Page!

Sawbat Approved:

9-10: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

7-8: (•‿•) – Good!

5-6: (•~•) – Meh!

3-4: (•︵•) – Disappointment!

1-2: (﹏╥) – It Sucks!

Detail Review:

1) Colour By Neon – Sycee (ft. Cyber Songman)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

We start off with a heavy beat and an 80’s style dance shock that demands your attention. Ah, remember the 80’s? Because I sure don’t, I’m a 90’s baby! I mean, you’ve got the dance style, voice box, and groove that defined both the 80’s and 90’s and Cyberman takes you back before I was born… doesn’t make much sense, but just go with it.

It has that classic electronic feel that creates a sense of “Listen and Dance”! I wouldn’t be mad if Cyman digitally formalized out of my earphones and started dancing in the room, I also wouldn’t doubt it with as much Dance Resonance it provides to your muscles!

2) Hard to Get – MSKyuuni (ft. Luka & Dex)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

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Luka, you always get my heart! (^-^) A bit slower and far more emotional than the last one, we get instead of the massive dance shock with massive kicks that will make you slightly headbang, and possibly chestbang… what is that you ask? I don’t know I’m just talking about how it makes me feel! There is a major bass line that seems to either follow the kicks or the kicks follow it, but either way, it sounds good! After Luka’s emotional verse filled with an apathetic set of lyrics, we get a deep fade, where then Dex waltz into the room and raps for a few and then jumps into the chorus. The very next chorus is where Dex and Luka take to duet and absolutely destroy any doubts of you have about how great it is!

3) Dance Up On Me – Karnia*Joy (ft. Avanna)

Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!

WOW, even though these songs are made by different producers, you can tell there was communication going on by now. There is so much in the way of theme, music, and style that plays an important role in this specific album.

Dance Up On Me is kinda shallow and goes for a request that you listen to the lyrics rather than the music. What I mean is, the music is the base, but Avanna carries the song by way of telling a story from her heart! A song title like this would expect some credence to one-night romance, but no, it’s like an all life romance. Think of a very subtle love song.

The only problem I have with this song is that sometimes I can’t understand her as well as I would want to, but the organ makes up for it towards the end.

4) Jubilee – IrisFlower (ft. Luka & Rin)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

At first, I thought this song was a background song that I downloaded, but after a couple seconds it started to deviate and made me forget about that weird song. This song is not weird at all and makes you happy- mainly because the tone of Luka and Rin are very uplifting to the point of you saying out loud, “Shut up, Sadness, I’m happy right now, go away!”

Like a natural electronic pop song, it erases all of your worries and takes you on a trip of mental yacht-ness with those glasses with umbrellas and folding chairs! Or at least that’s what I felt anyway.

5) No More – LeJosuaManga feat. Pastel (ft. Gumi)

 

 

 

 

 

I HAVE FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE SONG!!!

If you’ve ever heard of the band Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, this almost sounds exactly like something they would make, and as someone who was raised by someone who was a big fan of theirs, I’m obviously biased when it comes to sounds like this and also- GUMI!

It sets a beat and rhythm for you and then instantly falls quiet when Gumi begins to sing a beautiful verse that put chills in my soul! Each instrument then begins to reintroduce themselves into the mix and combine through the chorus. Gumi has some very heavy saturation on her voice, which I personally think lowers the quality because I can’t understand her, but the verses are the stars in this song.

It almost sounds like a church song a bit, and along the way, the bass gets louder and more attuned to Gumi’s voice, which stands to make a serenade of tranquility that allows your soul to bask in the sea of mending!

And with any great song, it fades out like a song meant for radio! OOH, I love this song- Kudos, LeJosuaManga and Pastel, and I gotta give my love to Gumi too!

6) Desert Lament – Raito (ft. Avanna)

Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!

Here’s a hint, I’ve already done this list once, but my website said, “Nope, we’re not saving it for you!” and then it disappeared, when I was listening to this song- and my lord of Miku, the tone is enough to make you understand the bereavement through a heavy drum beat and lead. It’s not exactly something special, but it is a majestic piece to listen to during certain emotions. I could also be biased based on environmental factors… you be the judge!

Avanna’s voice is a little more emotional and understandable than Dance Up On Me but is far more calming. The tone is constantly repeated, but the small guitar solo provides a scene of emotion that was left out at the start. And while the lead instrument is very repetitive, it’s still a good one. Like Dance Up On Me, it’s more in the lyrics, but now it’s more to the song- it’s called balance, and Raito did it right in my opinion!

7) Forget Me Not – ManaT (ft. Avanna)

Emotion: (• ~ •) – Meh!

Ok, here me out, I know I’ve been hard on the Avanna users, but this song, which actually has a lot of potentials, kinda fell short due to some factors that play out.

Let’s start on the first thing: It’s 9 minutes long- and while that in and of itself isn’t a bad thing- remember, I gave a ‘10’ on a 46-minute song I couldn’t understand, it’s just not exactly sitting with me for some reason. I listen to it, but until 2 minutes in, where Avanna starts to sing, I feel like I’ve heard the best of the song.

The next thing is: What’s wrong with Avanna’s voice? I understand that she is extremely fragile, but her first words sound like a repetition of ‘Run’… and throughout, some portions are laced with her being heavily distorted by static.

This leads to the Number 1 Problem of this entire song: Something on the producer or developer side when they mastered it; sometimes in Avanna’s singing, the music beneath her lowers in volume, like Avanna’s voice and the music are on one wavelength instead of different lossless audio frequencies and waves, then set with a Volume Leveler, which drastically lowers a higher sound to make up for a lower sound so you can hear both- This, when used right, can make your singing sound perfect without hurting the music, but in contrast, when you edit the line the music is on as well as your voice, the song gets dropped down. It ruins the emotional ambiance you could feel!

To be absolutely honest, the volume leveling mistakes are the thing that brought it down to a “Meh” because the song is actually pretty good, I can handle the first 2 factors because I’ve listened to songs I’ve liked with that type of style, but combined with a music drop… not my cup of tea!

And I’ve checked if my headphones went out because at every portion I’ve listened to, it appears on multiple headsets. It could also be that I’m listening to a lower quality source due to it not being out yet, so what about the others? Are they in lower quality? I don’t know, but just because it’s not my favorite, doesn’t mean it can’t be yours!

8) The Freedom To See – baggagelizard (ft. Diana, Dex, & Oliver)

Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!

A little more rock than the rest and that’s perfectly alright! Oliver does a good job of keeping up with the tempo and providing a ground foundation for the rest of the song as well as the trio of Dex and Diana as well. It’s good where it stands as a generic rock song. Although, when Dex decides to join in, he completely overshadows Oliver and there is a major shift in his voice to the left pan. The song is a ballad for soft thoughts, and while it does have Dex being too powerful, it creates an air of something I can’t explain…

9) Outlaws – MakushiFrequency (ft. Avanna)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

The beginning may sound creepy to some people, but I think it sounds cool. Avanna instantly gets going in this mass of reverb that creates a stage effect, like a live showing in a theater hall! It’s very somber, lower in tone, and is an ambient story. And what makes me love this song is Avanna’s portamento’s, a musical term to describe the sliding from one note to another. While it is short, I find it odd how much I really did like it- but who cares, I liked it and that’s all that counts I guess… the only question is would you like it?

10) Radical Radical Remixes – VocallegraHelen (ft. Diana & Zabunne Ally)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

This one has a high tempo, and it really gives Diana’s and Zabunne’s vocal prowess. Zabunne Ally is an Utau, so it may sound a little less Vocaloid, but it doesn’t bring the quality or emotion down in any way! The music is something short of Chiptune music, and you know I love some chiptunes! Diana’s voice can really create a sense of a fast-paced game when it’s in the final stages, like a credits sequence. It reminds me of the music from the game FEZ, a unique indie game where you switch between 2D frames in a 3D world. It brings back some happy memories, and their duet gives it that extra boost.

11) Out of Control – KNEMATCS (ft. Dex)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

Right off the bat, you can tell it will be a pseudo-techno beat with acidic beeps and a distant bang. Dex takes the reins of the microphone with a spoken lyric then a heavily distorted repeat right afterward. This furthers the techno feel to it, as well giving it some intensity. Not so much of a happy song, it does have something I can’t place in it that makes a hollow intensity whole, and I’m not sure if I explained that right or not…

The chorus is clean and without the heavy distortion, and it is very articulate in its attempt to grab you in certain ways. Unfortunately, I can’t explain it right, but you can check it out for free on the official Bandcamp page as well as #1, #4, and #8- the rest you have to buy/pre-order!

12) Drive By Cyanide – Mrs. Peach (ft. Cyber Diva)

Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!

Fading into the final spot is Mrs. Peach’s own song with a nice little ditty. Before we start the official song, we get something next to a cassette tape being put into a player, or a managing of the ammunition of a gun, considering the lyrics… This is one intense song to end on, and holy crap, the lyrics are probably the point at which the music becomes a darker story of emotions. Drive By Cyanide is actually a fitting name and gives the song a very hardcore feel to the dark electronic feel. Cyber Diva was actually a good call for this song! We then fade abruptly to a sound of a button being pressed and a reversing cassette tape… so it was a cassette tape- I mean, “Down the Barrel, Shot…” is in the lyrics, so it can be kinda weird when you know what an LMG sounds like when it’s armed and cocked- which is what a cassette player almost sounds like!

Quickie Review:

8 out of 10

Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!

While this album does have some moments of being drowned out by quality or not being my cup of iced cold Gunpowder Tea (which is a thing, and you can drink it) the ultimate reason I gave this an 8 out of 10 is because of #5, #1, and #12- because those are leaps and bounds in my ears. I’m not going to mention too many times how much I love “No More”, I will say that it creates a style of olden gold that may take you back to the starting of the electronic music industry.

Like “No More”, some moments are dumbed down by a certain choice of production sounds, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great song or album. I’m serious, the song has my support, and even though I’ve already been given the music, I’ll want to buy it just to support these guys… actually, since Moma Haku was a big fan of 80’s and 90’s style music, I’ll probably just let her buy it! And you can also buy it too at the official ASDR Bandcamp Page for $8 or more, as well as check out the other complete discography you can purchase for an entirety of $13.50 USD or more.

Remember, I’m here to be the middle man between you readers, consumers of Vocaloid music, and the producers! I give you slightly unbiased, you know I use that term loosely, opinion on each and every song!

I’m very honored to be here serving all of you! Have a great week!

 

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