[Frozen Starfall] - PROMISED DANCEFLOOR
Have you ever wondered what German vocals sound like? Most of you have probably never heard a song in German before, and definitely not a Touhou arrangement with German vocals.
Frozen Starfall (previously known as Babbe Music) is a German doujin circle that makes electronic touhou arrangements. Its sole arranger is Babbe, who draws inspiration for his arrangement from well known arrangers such as Masayoshi Minoshima, Syrufit, and Kirin. The other members of the circle consist of the vocalist Sasi, Lyricist H*M, and internal supporter Mai88. For more informational on Frozen Starfall, check out their website here.
As for PROMISED DANCEFLOOR, it is Frozen Starfall's second album and the continuation of Babbe Music's DANCEFLOOR series. Babbe's inspiration for the series undoubtedly comes from Alstroemeria Record's (ALR) DANCEHALL series, and it's easy to see why. PROMISED DANCEFLOOR is what ALR's ULTRA DANCEHALL should have been. If you liked ALR"s older albums, especially ABANDONED DANCEHALL (ADH), then you must give this album a listen. Otherwise, it's an opportunity to listen to what I believe to be one of the best albums that Reitaisai 13 has to offer.
I'll admit, listening to German vocals at first sounded so weird. It sounded so foreign. Of course, English has its Germanic roots but it's hard for me to make that connection. I've been so much more exposed to Japanese through Touhou music, anime, and visual novels. Anyways, despite not understanding German, Frozen Starfall's Sasi and the guest vocalists (Apple, Selphius, Muffin, and Seyari) don't sound amateurish at all. It's clear that they've been doing this for a while. In addition, Babbe and the other lyricists made the German lyrics work well with the arrangements.
The sound quality on this album is also pretty good as well. I'd put it around the level of ABANDONED DANCEHALL's where the bass isn't over done and the vocals can be heard clearly. The SQ isn't as good as Poplica's but considering the genre differences, I can definitely let that pass.
What more could you really ask for from Frozen Starfall? I think they've really nailed it with this album. It has catchy arrangements, alluring German vocals, smooth transitions, a nice balance of vocal/non-vocal tracks, and awesome album art as an added bonus. It even has a guest arrangement by the well known Nhato. Normally I wouldn't like the kind of EDM drops on this album but I think that they're really well done and actually fit with their respective themes.
Definitely give this album a chance if you've ever liked anything by Alstromeria Records or Syrufit. To me, PROMISED DANCEHALL was a much more worthwhile listen than ALR's ULTRA DANCEHALL and one of my favorites from Reitaisai 13.
If you liked the preview, be sure to check out the full album downloading their album on their bandcamp page here. It is a free download but if you are feeling generous, you can support Frozen Starfall by paying for the album!
Overall - 5/5 - As good as it gets.
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