previous night by The Insomnia Club

Released: 22.07.20 / Label: Self-released

I feel this album artwork in my soul. What a great illustration, and a great band name to go with. This is my first time listening to The Insomnia Club, but I feel like I’m already qualified to be a member.

So I did some research and think this may be the least I’ve been able to find out about a band before. It’s a creative group with multiple members, and they’ve been active for a little over a year now. All the rest of this is just my best guesses, because this group is mysterious. It looks like a four member group, their Twitter account follows four people. And I think it’s both musicians and artists working together. Looking at the credits for their music videos, there is a pretty big team working on the releases. Their music videos are really cool and definitely worth checking out if you like their stuff. Other than that, I came up empty. I guess we’ll have to let the song speak for the band here, but kudos for keeping it mysterious.

What a beautiful voice this singer has, and such a clear tone. I dig it. The track itself is a darker pop tune that gets good about 30 seconds in, it’s pretty simple except for a really good piano jam that pops in between the vocals. The chord changes are pretty basic, and really common for darker pop here in Japan thanks to a hit by Shina Ringo. Things take a creative turn about two minutes into the song, and some new ideas are explored, but abandoned a bit too quickly to develop. Chalk it up to inexperience, but it’s a good sign for future releases.

There are only a couple negatives that really stuck out to me, one of which really hurts the song. The main synth sound has a panning effect on it that takes it back and forth between the far right and far left and it’s just too much. I tried to listen on headphones and it was rough. Speakers made it easier to listen to, but it’s still really prevalent throughout the song. So a warning to anyone with ear buds especially. Other than that though, everything just sounds a bit young. The group has some room to grow and I’m excited to see where they go from here. I would love to see a new music video.

Verdict: Worth your time. (3/5)

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