Alstroemeria Records’ C82 release, featuring lots of electronic music and female vocals!

I’m sure by now everyone knows what Alstroemeria Records does, but if you need a refresher take a look at the previous album review I did.

This album features a nice mix of vocalists: Sakaue Nachi, Ayakura Mei, Takanashi Toriko, mican* and ayame. I’ve heard all of these before besides Takanashi Toriko, most of them are pretty good. I didn’t really like ayame’s previous work very much, but we’ll see how she does in this album.

Sadly there’s no guest arrangement by Nhato; His previous track in Killed Dancehall was one of the highlights. Hopefully he’ll make another appearance on Alstroemeria Records soon.

Unlike the DANCEHALL albums, this album doesn’t have all tracks mixed into each other. That’s kind of a shame, for reasons I’ll explain at the end.

Image taken from micancoro’s twitter

Circle Name: Alstroemeria Records
Album Name: THE WORLD DESTINATION
Website: http://alst.net/2012/08/09/arcd0038-the-world-destination/

  1. Masayoshi Minoshima – THE WORLD DESTINATION

    The album’s titular track. This is an original composition by Minoshima, which is always interesting to hear. I wouldn’t normally approve of Minoshima making a dubstep track, but this track does well as an introduction to the album and sets up the next track’s mood nicely.

  2. 坂上なち – WORLD’S END

    A much more Minoshima-esque track, this retreats back into the his electro-house experience. Sakaue Nachi does pretty well on vocals, but the instruments seem to overwhelm her at times. The track’s structure is also rather inconsistent, resulting in quite a confused-sounding track – not what I’d expect from Minoshima. It’s also a very familiar track, a bit too similar to what we’ve heard before on KILLED DANCEHALL or ABANDONED DANCEHALL.

    At least the drop isn’t bad, huh?

  3. 綾倉盟 – CRIMSON DEAD

    This time the track strikes a much better balance between the vocals and instruments, both seeming to come together as one. Ayakura provides absolutely lovely vocals here, providing some much-needed emotion and energy. The instruments are also arranged much better, complementing the vocals while not being overpowering. It’s a bit of a mess at times, still, but much better than the previous track. The composition is also hugely improved, but nothing spectacular at all.

  4. タカナシトリコ – IN THE FLICKERING

    First track of the album that I actually like. Toriko does an excellent job on the vocals, providing a very light feel to the song that contrasts nicely with the instrumentals while also being strong enough to stand her own in the loud symphony of different electronic sounds. She’s quite good actually, I look forward to hearing more of her vocals. It feels like this track has a bit of dubstep wubwubwub mixed into it, which is probably because of the drop near the start – it sounds very much like a fusion between Electro/House/Dubstep. Quite good, would recommend listening to it.

  5. mican* – INNOCENT TREASURES

    A rather interesting introduction to the song, a pity that I can’t say the same for the rest of it. Mican’s try their best here, but there’s not much substance to it beyond what you hear in the first 10 seconds – the instrumentals simply become a backdrop for Mican’s vocals, with haphazard breaks and build-ups scattered throughout.

    Mican does do a pretty darned good job of carrying the song though. An instrumental-only version of this would be pretty horrible.

  6. ayame – YOU’RE MINE

    Another track with a rather interesting introduction, although thankfully the rest of the song isn’t like INNOCENT TREASURES. There’s a nice structure to the track that places the focus on ayame’s vocals, while not expecting her to be the sole savior of the song. The instrumentals in this one are quite strong and interesting, while ayame’s vocals do an excellent job of providing the hook for this song. The result is extremely catchy and loop-able, much like a pop song.

    Sadly, it’s a bit too long and same-y after a while, making for a dull track overall apart from the chorus.

  7. 小さな欲望の星空 – STARLIGHT DESIRE

    An instrumental track! I don’t think this is arranged by Minoshima, so I have no clue where or what this is from. It’s relatively interesting, with a very EDM-ish style, but there’s not much that would keep me listening for long. The melody is arranged quite well to make something that sounds pretty original, but it’s not exactly earth-shattering work here. One of those tracks that you’ll forget about after a while.

  8. Masayoshi Minoshima – FALL OUT

    The last track of the album, another instrumental original composition by Minoshima. I’m always fond of those. Much slower paced than the other tracks we’ve got so far, and functions quite nicely as an outro to the album. It’s got quite a relaxing sound for an electro house track, so props to Minoshima for managing to pull that off. Not bad, but still just filler quality.

It’s a shame that these tracks aren’t mixed together like they are on the DANCEHALL albums. It really makes this album sound like a collection of singles rather than something that was thought out from beginning to end, and there’s a certain lack of cohesion between the tracks.

The mood itself from track to track is pretty consistent, which is usually how I gauge whether an album is constructed well, but that might have been an accident since most EDM/Electro House/Dubstep tracks are going to have the same feel to it, with the build-up/anthem/break-down approach. Each track of the album already has all of those elements, so it doesn’t matter if the album as a whole is arranged with thought.

Still, this album isn’t exactly bad despite how I feel about it. It’s just not quite up to the quality I’d expect from Alstroemeria Records – their previous works could easily have been commercial releases from major labels. While this isn’t quite up to that standard, it’s still better than the vast majority of doujin music out there.

If you’d like to buy this album, you’d better be living in Japan or something. White Canvas and Manadrake are the only two online doujin stores (excluding circle-run ones like Diverse Systems’) I know of that deliver overseas, and coincidentally they both don’t stock this album while Toranoana, Melonbooks and D-STAGE, shops that don’t deliver overseas, all have it.