Rating: 8.5 / 10 Stars
REVIEW – ROCK OF ASIA, led by the talented Nikki Matsumoto who has spent 15 years in the music industry, introduces their latest album ‘Tami.’ This innovative project is a fusion of Western and Eastern musical traditions, showcasing a harmonious blend of instruments like the guitar and violin with traditional Eastern instruments such as the koto, shamisen, sho, and erhu.
The album opens with its title track ‘Tami,’ an energetic and upbeat song that beautifully marries Japanese elements with a modern sound, setting a dynamic tone for the album. It leads the listener into the album from a place of spirited vitality. Following this is ‘Four-Legged Requiem,’ a track that stands out for its medieval atmosphere, created through a blend of pleasant violin melodies, powerful vocals, and rhythmic drumming.
‘Sunbright’ slows down the pace, offering a folk-inspired sound. This track is notable for its stripped-down guitars and a captivating acoustic backdrop, providing a serene contrast to the earlier songs. ‘Capital in Your Vein’ then picks up the momentum, showcasing the melodic sounds of the Shakuhachi, complemented by the richness of the violins.
The album also features ‘Stranger In The Homeland,’ a song that explores the haunting vocals of lead singer Nikki Matsumoto against the backdrop of a tranquil violin. This track particularly highlights the group’s ability to create a deep emotional connection through music. Beyond their original compositions, ROCK OF ASIA performs traditional Japanese music and cover songs, further enriching their diverse and unique sound.
Overall, ‘Tami’ by ROCK OF ASIA offers a rich listening experience that stands out in the contemporary music landscape, blending traditional Japanese music with modern influences in a way that is both innovative and respectful of its roots.
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