Yesterday I wrote about some of my favorite games to come out of this year's Comiket, Japan's biggest self-published book fair. Today, let me show you some of the music released. This is not a complete list, but rather what I loved. There's a LOT of music coming out of Comiket, and I'll point you to Vermillion Grey to see the full list. Each album I loved will be followed by a crossfade sample when available so you can get an idea. Some of them are on the artists' sites so scroll down a bit if you don't see it at first.
Force - Cleanero
A vibrant and colorful pop rock album by the duo Cleanero composed of Clear and Nero. A fun album for an afternoon replaying your favorite JRPG, with a mug of hot chocolate and some cookies. The album has six tracks. Fun facts: Clear likes sweet things, and Nero likes glitter and ice cream.
Snow Ground is Felt's 9th album. The tracks range from Pop to Rock and Electronica, Liquid DnB and even Dance Pop! With a mix of vocal and non vocal tracks, in Japanese and English, it's surprisingly good at staying coherent. The songs can be very different but they feel like a whole. You should really give this one a try!
Hikari - Buta-Otome
Let me preface this by saying I love the cover art. The artsyle blends in with the music the most out of all the ones in this list. Expect some pop, some rock, but also some jazz in this: an 8 track album with captivating melodies and sweet vocals. Your commute will fly by with this one.
"But Isshak, do you only listen to Pop Rock?" No, no I don't. Zytokine's Double Key is a wonderful electro and house mix, with a bit of pop sprinkled on top. Expect lots of featuring on the 12 track album with appearances by Aki, Cold Kiss, Itori, Syo and 坂上なち.
No crossfade for this one, sorry! Here's a link to one of the tracks. You pretty much like this or you don't.
Activity Case01: Graveyard Memories - Get In The Ring
A quick 4 track (two vocals and two instrumental versions) pop rock album by Get In The Ring. Short and sweet. Also wins best title in this list.
The next three albums are my absolute favorite. You have got to give them a listen. The production is outstanding for each and every one, and
Sin - Primary
Mostly rock with some very good use of synth, in Japanese and English, Primary's 10th album is amazing. The songs are extremely well paced. I feel like I'm on an emotional adventure when I listen to the songs, all six of them. It feels like I'm being told a story.
Pop, electronic, DnB and rock, with amazing (amazing!) vocals by lily-an, this album sets a very interesting mood as you progress through the seven tracks. Lots of energy and I love it, at times it's like the singer is talking to you. Again, the feeling of being taken on a ride is here and it's great.
And finally, ladies and gentleman, my absolute favorite album of this year's Comiket, provided without commentary. I did not expect male vocals to win me over like this album did but that's what happened. Just give it a go. I hope you liked what you listened to. Tell me what your favorites were!