Hanikami Filing Love by Who Do You Love?

Hanikami Filing Love

22.05.18 / NEW FOLK

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Full Review

I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this track for the review list, but I didn’t think I’d be immediately transported back to the 60s.

Composition

This song is perfectly arranged for the period they’re emulating. The melody seems familiar but is totally unique as far as I can tell. If it is ripped from something please let me know in the comments. Even if it isn’t an original melody, the music they set it to is incredible. All of the instruments play their parts to perfection and the vocal harmony is icing on the cake. I really like the little Japanese Showa rock twist during the solo at the end, really fun way to end the tune. Just a wonderful song all around.

Performance

Everything is played just like it should be. The vocals are passionate but maintain the right tone, the instruments all fit into place, the fills and solos have just enough character to add to the song without hogging the spotlight. I’d definitely buy a ticket to see these guys live just from hearing this.

Meaning

The lyrics are playful and fun, they fit the character of the song. It’s the right choice for the era they wanted. I have a feeling this would have been a massive hit in a different time.

Production

The production is close, but actually comes off a bit too clean in some sections. I almost wish they’d recorded to a tape deck and cut it by hand. The panning also seemed a but out of place for the era, a bit too modern. But these are small nitpicks, the track sounds great overall.

Presentation

The cover is where they lost me, it just seems disconnected from the song. It’s such a weird color choice and the picture they use is kind of lame. And good lord the font is awful. This song is not at all what I expected from looking at the cover, which definitely isn’t a good thing when there is a niche audience for this kind of song.

Verdict
Overall
4
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Song Meaning
  • Production
  • Presentation

Verdict

This song perfectly captures the sound of an era. Feels nostalgic even though it was released last month. Definitely worth a listen.

Reviewed: 22.05.25 / Reviewer: EB

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