[Foxfactory] - 夏風の音
After a bit of a break, I'm back with a Comiket 86 album review! Like I said in the preview, Yuki is always just so consistent with his albums, and Natsukaze no Oto is no exception.
Sadly, school eats away at the time that I get to listen to music and write about it but I'll eventually get through all of the albums mentioned in the preview! In addition, the screenshots for episode 2 of the AoSC LP are ready, so that'll be up sometime soon.
01 天狗と空色のブラウス - Opening up the album is an arrangement of Wind God Girl, Aya Shameimaru's theme. It's a very cheerful and pleasant arrangement to listen to, and makes me feel like I'm Aya flying through the summer skies.
02 陽射しの忘れ傘 - Yuki's arrangement of Beware the Umbrella Left There Forever was quite a contrast to the first arrangement as the track was really sad sounding and reflect's Kogasa's past as an unwanted umbrella.
03 天空を駆ける風の都 - One of my favorite themes of all time, The Capital City of Flowers. I loved the usage of guitar to play the main chords of the theme, with the piano and drums backing it up. The arrangement starts off quite slowly but sounds really grand once everything comes together for the crescendo.
04 雨雲迫る - An arrangement of Plain Asia. Unlike the other arrangements on this album, this arrangement is orchestral. The build up to the crescendo is quick, like a swift thunderstorm passing by. i love the usage of the touhou title theme at the start and end.
05 陽に沈む人里 - Nostalgic Blood of the East ~ Old World. A cheerful theme this time around, but yet there are some subtle hints of sadness in it as well. I really liked the shift from the piano the the guitar as the solo instrument after half way through. Overall a pleasant arrangement to listen to.
06 妖精と風の木 - A re-arrangement of Lunate Elf. from Sweety Fluity (Touhou Kouroumu 7). Yuki's re-arrangements usually reflect his current style of arranging music, but with this track, it's not much different from the original. A decent track, but probably my least liked.
07 百鬼夏祭 - Suika's theme, Broken Moon. An arrangement quite unlike what I've heard from Yuki in the past. A very festive and explosive arrangement that really suits Suika. I loved the introduction with the drums. The bass in the background during the piano segment was really smooth and complimented the piano very well. I also really liked the pauses used by Yuki during arrangement. Overall a very unique arrangement of Broken Moon, and one of my favorites for sure.
08 なつのおわりに - The Flowers Remain in Fantasy. the ending theme of Phantasmagoria of Flower View. A simple yet fitting arrangement as we say goodbye to the album.
Natsukaze no Oto as a whole sounds very cohesive, with its cheerful opening in Wind God Girl, sad ending in The Flowers Remain in Fantasy, and great tracks all around. My favorite tracks of the album goes to #3 and #7. I just love how Yuki arranged The Capital City of Flowers with the guitar and #7 is just so unique and fun to listen to! Again, the weakest track was probably #6 because it was an re-arrangement, and because I didn't like Sweety Fluity to begin with. It's as minor complaint I suppose, with the album being so good.
I usually prefer Yuki's orchestral arrangements but he certainly didn't disappoint in Natsukaze no Oto. Once again, Yuki Mizuhashi has released a great instrumental album and continues to deliver. I highly recommend giving this album a listen, even if you're not too familiar with foxfactory. It'll be some time away, but I'm hoping to see another orchestral album similar to Fuujinroku no Oto (R10) and Chireiden no Oto (R11) next Comiket.
5/5 - As good as it gets.
On a side note, I really wish I would get a hold of the bags that foxfactory sells during the events.
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