[梶迫小道具店] Hide & Seek

A Flandre-oriented album with an interesting mix of different styles, and also rather cute album art.

I haven’t really heard much about this circle(whom I shall call Cajiva), apart from the recent track on Apple Tree. I did remember listening to a collaboration between Cajiva and AramiTama in 2010, which was actually pretty good(though I mostly liked the AramiTama bit). It seems to be a very hip-hopish style, with some interesting rap thrown in here and there.

You could say that this is a collaboration album as well, seeing as 3 of the 5 tracks are not arranged by Cajiva, but rather done by guest arrangers. Cajiva also doesn’t really seem to release alot of albums, unlike AramiTama (who seem to release albums quite regularly at Comiket, as well as some regular releases at all the various Touhou/Doujin Music events).

Let’s see.

Circle Name: 梶迫小道具店
Album Name: Hide & Seek
Website: http://cajiva.sakura.ne.jp/CJVK0003/

  1. sgg – Flanberry
    A rather interesting style of electronic music that intrigues me quite a bit. I can’t quite place the genre of this track, though it does sound quite downtempo and rather chill-outish as well. I haven’t heard anything by sgg before, so this track was a pleasant surprise with how good it is. Overall, an excellent relaxing track to start the album off with.
  2. マンダリン – 495年の探求の旅
    Another track by an arranger that I’ve never heard of before, continuing in the chill-out feel of the album. I rather like the use of… xylophone? in this, it’s quite a unique instrument that never really pops up anywhere. The various background instruments also add to the relaxing atmosphere, while the melody itself continues to develop throughout the track. This track also has a somewhat ambient feel to it, which is always something I love.
  3. 和泉幸奇 – Koumakan Snares
    Perhaps befitting of Flandre, this track lends the album a more bi-polar feel. Alot more energetic and disruptive than the previous two tracks, even lapsing into speedcore at times. I don’t quite appreciate the disruptiveness of this track, but I have to say it does lend a nice touch to this album. I wouldn’t really have expected AramiTama to arrange something like this, since I sort of view them as a slower-paced circle that doesn’t really do hardcore that well. While this isn’t exactly a horrible track, I find its inclusion in this album to be horrible.
  4. 梶迫迅八 – Lunatic_ No, exciting!
    Probably the most interesting track of the album, this track fuses hip-hop elements with the elegance of Touhou melodies. I rather like it when the two meet, it makes for an excellent contrast and this track is no exception. It seems like Cajiva favours hip-hop style quite a bit, and he does quite a good job of it, with just enough rap to make it interesting without making the vocals the sole focus of the song. Good track.
  5. chi-se – My little sister, U. N. Oren (Featuring chi-se)
    Quite an excellent choice for a last track, with very haunting vocals and a very soft overall feel to the song. It almost feels like a lullaby at times, and you could probably use it as such. I like this style of music quite a bit, it’s quite elegant and relaxing. Sadly, there isn’t alot of this type of music around, which is a pity. Excellent track.

An interesting album that would be one of my favourites were it not for the inconsistent feel of it, with different genres popping up all the time. I think this could have benefited from better transitions between tracks as well, which would probably ease the transition into different genres as well. I think that this would probably be quite good if you were to consider each track individually, rather than as a part of a greater whole.