Stories – feat. Shirotoeda by KiQ

Stories – feat. Shirotoeda

22.05.18 / mimikaki DISK

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Full Review

A surprise folk gem that you don’t want to miss.

Composition

The melody and guitar are really great throughout the whole song. I especially love to choice to include a whistle solo, just brings that indie-rock/folk feeling home. I was left wanting more of the female vocal part overall, but the sections she joins in on harmony sound beautiful. Sadly the rhythm section does nothing but play on repeat for the whole tune. It’s fine for a single listen, but after a few playthroughs it starts to stand out. I’d be interested to see how this comes across live.

Performance

The acoustic guitar is heartfelt but a bit shaky at the worst possible moments. The vocals are really what make the song stand out. The singer has a really sweet tone, and his style matches the melody’s soft lilting flow. The solo sections are also performed really well. I’m jealous that I can’t whistle like that.

Meaning

Wonderful storytelling that fits perfectly in the genre. Simple yet poetic. Thematic repetition but with variations to keep it interesting. Absolutely the best part of this track.

Production

I wish they had gotten a better sound on the guitar and drums at the recording session. It only works because this is a folk song. The mix is really good though, making great use of space and maintaining a simplicity that keeps the storytelling center stage.

Presentation

The cover is for the full album so it doesn’t really have much to do with this song in particular. But even so the color palette and art style work with this mood. I like that they took the title “Stories” from the chorus of the song, a fine folk tradition, but I almost wish they had kept it in Japanese instead of English.

Verdict
Overall
3.5
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Song Meaning
  • Production
  • Presentation

Verdict

I enjoyed this song way more than I thought I would from the title. (I was expecting J-Pop) A surprise folk gem that you don’t want to miss.

Reviewed: 22.05.26 / Reviewer: EB

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