2015.08.04

近作同様、健やかな創作意欲を自由に音盤へと結実させた8作目。どこかダンスから解放されたような印象も残した前作『LUCKY』と比べると、ビートが重心を担う楽曲が多くを占めているのが特色で、とりわけ極端なまでに音数を絞ったプロダクションが鮮烈に響く。ほとんどビートしか鳴っていないトラックすらあるのだが、まるでマンガの擬音表現が次々と飛び込んでくるような人懐っこさを備えており、そこに特有の個性と凄みを感じずにはいられない。水原佑果高橋幸宏UAらを迎えたヴォーカル曲のキャッチーでエレガントな仕上がりも最高。「トレンドとか、むしろもう、何もわからなくていい」と当人は語るが、モードに即さぬ結果としてフレッシュネスを掴んだ感のある圧巻の一枚だ。


[English Translation]
As with his recent works, TOWA TEI followed his vigorous creative drive which has successfully borne fruit as this 8th album. Compared to the last album "LUCKY" which left an inkling of a departure from dance music as well, it is dominated by beat-driven tracks. In particular, the productions with extremely minified number of tones are quite pleasing to the ear. Some tracks are almost only with beats, but they hold a friendly tone as if a barrage of onomatopoeia in comics sprang out. It’s hard not to be impressed with its unique features and strength. Catchy and elegant vocal songs welcoming Yuka Mizuhara (Japanese female fashion model), Yukihiro Takahashi (renowned Japanese musician, member of YMO) and UA (Japanese singer-songwriter), amongst others, are absolutely awesome. "I don't want to know what's trendy anymore," he says, though, ignorance of the mode seems to bring freshness to this splendid album.

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