Naive Triangle by Pvrvllel

Released: 22.07.20 / Label: Self-released

Pvrvllel is the name of music producer duo Masa Tamaki and Kazuki Sugiyama. The v’s in the name make me think their music may be more on the artsy side, but we’ll see. Today’s track “Naive Triangle” dropped as a single on Bandcamp on July 15th, and was released to stream on the 20th. I’m always happy to see more Japanese groups using bandcamp, it’s not as popular here as it should be.

While a little dated, this track gets a lot right with the EDM mood its going for. The sounds are all beautifully crafted, especially the bass and drums, giving the groove a strong foundation. It definitely makes you want to move and would be a great dance track in any lounge or house set. The vocals are chopped up samples of a female singer from somewhere. Definitely cliche at this point, but if it works it works. Here it’s great for about 75% of the song, but it gets just a bit annoying at the end. Fans of this kind of music might not find a new hit, but it definitely works as playlist filler. Naive Triangle is dance track that gets the job done. While the style is dated, they get everything right here. Worth a listen for EDM fans.

Verdict: Worth your time. (3.1/5)

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Rollin’ by macico

Released: 22.05.18 / Label: Self-released

Take the vocals out and you might think this is the instrumental track for some forgotten Mariah Carey song. Not sure if anyone in macico (pronounced ma-chi-ko) is a fan, but if I had to guess…

There are some interesting sounds and samples used throughout this track, which help spice up what otherwise is a pretty by-the-book pop song. It seems to me that the band is still finding their sound, and just needs a bit more time experimenting and writing to find it. The instruments have been squashed in the mix, so it’s hard to judge the playing. There are certainly no bad performances, but they definitely lack dynamics and phrasing. The result is a lot of pressure on the vocalist to carry the emotive weight of the song with their performance, and although they try, I don’t think it’s enough.

There’s some beautiful imagery in the lyrics but no real message. I’m not quite sure what the purpose of the song is, perhaps trying to give listeners a general feeling of natural beauty while hinting at something more grandiose? The music certainly doesn’t help convey any particular message, so the whole thing is a bit of a flop.

Overall this is a pretty plain pop track. Not incredible, but not particularly bad either. If you like pop you might like it, but I don’t see it being worth listening closely to more than once.

Verdict: Take it or leave it (2.4/5)

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