C91 has already begun in Japan, but those of us in the West will have to wait a few days for uploads to begin. Big thanks once again to @mai88tan for her soundcloud C91 preview playlist.
I'll focus mainly on the previews that I am interested in. Unfortunately I don't have as much time as I used to last year when I did that huge 10 part preview for C89. I'll admit that it was actually a lot of fun last year. Nevertheless, I hope you guys will enjoy this preview as well.
Happy Holidays everyone!
As promised, the C90 recap before C91! I was originally just going to keep this short but somehow I always end up writing more than I planned to. There always seem to be a few really good leftover albums that are uploaded way later after the event is over.
Finding good albums is always a little bit difficult. Usually the album previews with Touhou artwork on them tend to be consistently more worthwhile while original albums tend to be hit or miss. Either way, this is a Touhou music blog so we'll focus more on the Touhou side of things! ;D.
This Comiket's artwork was commissioned by me and done by ResiD (@medoart) once again. Check out her works here and follow her on twitter! The theme I requested this time around was the transition from Summer to Autumn, as that is what Summer Comiket usually means to me. It's always near the middle/end of August, which is really damn hot before it starts cooling off. So I requested a chibi of a sweating chibi Reimu, which was based on a sprite from Genius of Sappheiros, a Touhou spinoff RPG. I then needed a character to represent Autumn.. and I chose Momiji as she's usually represented in the theme, Fall of Fall. She just seems so ecstatic, doesn't she?! That's how I usually feel about Autumn as well. Finally... the background is of a forest which represents the transition between Summer and Autumn. I didn't give ResiD much direction in this, but she managed to make a very beautiful and fitting background. I love the usage of colors and lighting that contrasts the two seasons while blending them together in the middle. Thanks for the awesome art, ResiD!
Anyways, back to music! Read on for album impressions and recommendations.
Edit: I was just informed that Momiji's face is actually a japanese meme called Gyate Gyate.
Now that I've finally settled into my work routine and figured out how to handle my personal time better, I've finally gotten the chance to finish this post up. It's long overdue and I apologize to the faithful readers who have been waiting for this!
Reitaisai 13 is long done but maybe there will be an album or two on this recap that you may have missed! I always strive to listen to albums from circles that I've never heard of before, as they are usually the ones that surprise me. That has certainly been the case with this Reitaisai.
Before the album impressions though, I want to say thanks to @medoart for the art commission. I wanted a drawing of Satori because I've been really enjoying her theme lately and there was a pretty sweet arrangement of Third Eye in one of the R13 albums. If you've been reading my reviews, you'd know which one!
Months and 7 reviews later, here's my Comiket 89 recap! I think I've listened to more albums this comiket than any other before. That being said though, there weren't a significant amount of albums that I ended up liking. However, there were a couple of albums that really stood out to me this Comiket.
[Osamuraisan] - Osamuraisan Selection vol.7 ~Bosa Lon~
Osamuraisan... how should I put this? He's a damn doujin music GOD. I can't believe that I've never heard of him before this album. I discovered this album randomly while looking through 9tensu's C89 albums. The crossfade immediately caught my ears because I've been starving for some acoustic guitar music ever since Forest306 went on break (he's sort of back now btw). In addition, the music was also Bossa Nova, one of my favorite genres! Third point, as if the first two weren't enough, was the beautiful voice that I was hearing from Lon. I couldn't resist listening to the album soon after hearing the preview.
A little bit about Osamuraisan: he is a solo doujin artist who specializes in making acoustic guitar arrangements of popular vocaloid songs. You can find his music on his YouTube channel, Spotify, and Google Music. I believe that his YT channel has a lot of arrangements that aren't released on his albums, so be sure to check those out as well.
Anyways! Just to reiterate, this album is a bossa nova arrangement album of 6 popular vocaloid/original songs. They're all sung by Lon but Osamuraisan also included 6 instrumental versions for those who are more interested in his guitar work. Ready for the review? Read on!
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