22.06.22 / OSTRIP
I love me a city skyline, but the song name ‘Kuchibue’ means lips in English so I’m a bit lost here. Love that logo in the bottom right though.
Ostrip is short for “Ostrich Trip” and boy does this band love that bird. They talk about it at length in their band bio, but the gist of it is that their music will give you the energy to push on in life like an ostrich runs. Something probably got lost in translation there but you get it. The band is brand new, this is only their second release following their first single ‘bitter’ and from what I’ve found it looks like it’s just a three-piece band. So let’s hear how these bird-lovers sound.
Funk! They’re a funk-rap group! That’s actually a surprise given the what I found during my research. Not only that but they’re good! I love the dual singers. The girl’s rap is super cute but really funky, and her singing voice and the guy’s voice are a perfect match. The guitar has some great rhythm, and while the rhythm section is super simple it totally works with the song. I could have done without the guy’s rapping, but it wasn’t awful but his singing voice is much better. The solos could also use a bit of polish and creativity, but it’s only their second single so they get a pass. This time…
Speaking of which, for being a second release the recording and mix sound fantastic. I don’t know if they put a lot of money into this or just know what they’re doing, but it works. Definitely an indie group, but high quality for the amount of experience they have. I’ll definitely be coming back to review their next release, and I might just give that first single a listen, too.
Kuchibue is some great poppy funk from a relatively new group. I can’t wait to hear what they make next. Definitely worth a listen.
Reviewed: 22.07.03 / Reviewer: EB