Sashiiro by BIALYSTOCKS

Released: 22.04.15 / Label: Self-released

I don’t know how to say the band’s name, but if I could I’d be recommending BIALYSTOCKS to my friends.

I love the melody of this song. The phrases are well constructed and perfect for the singer’s voice. The arrangement was also really interesting throughout, staying varied enough to warrant repeat listens, but with nothing that distracted from the melody. I would like to see what the song would be like with a less chord-heavy chorus, but it is a pop song.

This is a talented group of musicians and they provide great emotive playing through the whole song. Even so the vocalist’s performance particularly stands out. This song is very well sung.

The recording sounds good too. All the parts are clean and the soundscape is well developed. I’m not a fan of the snare drum in this one, and now that I’ve said that you’ll probably hear it too. Sorry. The mix seems a bit experimental for the pop genre which works sometimes, but there are spots where it seemed more distracting than unique.

This cover is also a perfect fit for the song. There’s nothing solid to grasp, just an innocent yet beautiful landscape that leaves you wondering about what’s just out of sight. It’s a great choice. The music video that accompanied the song, however, is really chaotic for some reason. Not sure if the director actually heard the song or just wanted to do his own thing, but either way it’s not a great match.

Verdict: Worth your time (3.3/5)

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