[<echo> PROJECT] [Rosée]

[rosée] is an alternative rock album by <echo> PROJECT, which is quite an interesting name for a circle. There’s alot of arrangers in <echo> PROJECT, so the style changes quite a fair bit from song to song. This album also features a fair amount of male vocals, which may be off putting.

The only reason I got this album in the first place is because 平茸(hiratake) is one of the arrangers. Hiratake is the main arranger of Aftergrow, and produces rather pleasant sounding alternative rock. I liked most of the albums Aftergrow released, so it was rather sad to see that Aftergrow didn’t release an album at C79

I’ve also liked <echo> PROJECT’s previous albums, with [eclat:] also being one of my favourite albums. I’m a bit disappointed that the vocalist liebe didn’t appear again, but this album does has some of the arrangers doing vocals, which is… interesting.

<echo> PROJECT usually has quite a distinctive sound. It sound a fair bit like regular, pop music but it usually has a lot more emotion behind it, and usually features a nice number of instrumentals as well as vocals. The exact style of each song depends on the arranger, with Hiratake having a more rock/jazz sound to his songs while someone like Mano would have a more electronic, lively sound.

Circle Name: <echo> PROJECT
Album Name: [rosée]
Website: http://echoproject.xxxxxxxx.jp/rosee.html

Loads of youtube links for this album.

  1. Rosé-E
    One of Mano’s arranges, this has a rather nice feel to it. It’s a remix of the title screen music from EoSD(Actually, this entire album consists of EoSD remixes), so it has quite a nice introductory feel to it. The orchestral pieces in the background add a nice touch, too.
  2. Double Blind
    The first vocal track of this album, with vocals by 琴音(Kin on?). She’s a vocalist that regularly works with 38BEETS, and she has quite a nice, mature sounding voice. Arrangement for this track is done by marque, and the song has a nice light feel to it. Drags on for quite a long time without developing anymore though, which is disappointing.
  3. レゾンデートル
    Oh god, the male vocals. Hiratake provides both vocals and arrangement. The vocals are quite horrifying, mostly because I dislike male vocals. The arrangement of instruments is quite fine, but I feel some parts of the song ends up being rather weak and could do with improvement. At least there’s some change towards the end of the song, though.
  4. Cubi(Ce)Cle
    This one isn’t actually so bad, despite featuring vocal and arrangement by Mano. I do think the vocals get stretched a bit too much sometimes, but the song’s length is rather short so it’s tolerable. The instrument arrangement is better than in the previous track, with a nice funky feel to it. Still a bit put off by the vocals.
  5. 虹 – Instrumental Ver. –
    Now this is more of what I expected from Hiratake. A nice, instrumental arrange that manages to sound both sad and lively at the same time. I like the sad-sounding introduction seguing into the more lively middle, yet still retaining the sad melody throughout. It’s quite hard to imagine Chinese Tea being made into such a sad remix, especially with how lively the main melody is, but this song pulls it off rather well.
  6. Sweet Pit
    The male vocals strikes again! This time, it’s done by a proper vocalist, apparently someone called 黒こしょー. Not quite as bad as the previous two male vocals, but still off putting since it’s male. Marque provides the arrangement for it, and it sounds somewhat similar to Double Blind, albeit with a sadder overall melody. Develops somewhat more than Double Blind, but ends up being quite samey towards the end as well.
  7. 蒼い文字列
    Yet another male vocal song. Another vocalist does it, 衝動的の人 this time. It’s better than Sweet Pit, but that probably has something to do with the melody being Locked Girl’s Room, which is always amusing for vocals to pull off. Mano arranges this one, and it has quite a different sound from what he’s done previously, which is quite surprising. Instruments are done splendidly and vocals mix well with everything else, so this is the first male vocal song in this album that I would say is good.
  8. 嘘、と呼吸。
    At long last, a non-male vocal vocal. Mineko provides the vocals, with Mano doing arrangement. Both do their job very well, with vocals sounding nice and soft, with the instruments emphasizing the overall light feel of the song. This is a dual mix of Flowering Night and Pocket Watch of Blood, which makes this the only track in the album to feature a non-EoSD original. The song feels quite balanced, and the ending features a conversation between Remilia and Sakuya, which is reminiscent of what was done a completely unrelated song. Very nice song, one of my favourites.
  9. Zéro
    This is an off-vocal arranged by Mano once again, with a considerably darker feel to it than the previous songs he’s done. It starts off considerably quieter, with the instruments carrying quite a foreboding feel. The song does conjure up an image of Remilia chasing down someone in a dark place somewhere, with a very emotional climax near the end. The instruments speak out very well in this song, resulting in an extremely atmospheric piece. Excellent.
  10. Pièce D’or
    Immediately a much lighter song than the previous. Somehow it doesn’t sound quite out of place, probably because the previous song ended quite well on its own. Hiratake arranged this, while aoma provided vocals. I don’t quite feel comfortable with aoma’s voice, but it suits the character’s theme, I guess. This is a remix of U.N. Owen, so one would think that aoma is providing vocals for Flandre, in which case it’s quite a good fit. Hiratake’s style is quite pleasant as usual, and everything proceeds pretty much according to what I would expect from him. The darker feel towards the end is quite a nice change while still retaining the childish theme, and suits Flandre as a character quite well.
  11. Rosé+E
    This track has vocals done by Pyn. Originally I didn’t really like vocals done by her, but I’ve since grown to like her as she features alot on Hiratake’s arranges. Has quite a nice, longing feel to it, which suits the last track in the album. Hiratake does wonderful things as usual, and the theme of the track is quite well done as well, while not sounding overly sad. Develops wonderfully, with everything changing towards the middle and end, making for a very interesting song. Pyn proves how versatile she is in this song, doing remarkably well in both the sad, softer bits and at the climaxes.

Overall, I think this is a great album apart from the male vocals. I don’t believe there’s any way you can download this album at the moment, and the only reason why I got a hold of it was because I ordered the CD a while ago, so tough luck there. At least it’s on youtube, aye?

On another note, the packaging for the CD is quite excellent, as shown below.

rosee disk

Most of the packaging is red and black, which is quite appealing.