Ryugujo (龍宮城) are one in all a handful of newer J-pop acts with everlasting occupancy on my playlist. 12 months 0, Class 0, the survival sequence that shaped them, stays my favourite TV present of the yr and their partnership with Queen Bee’s Avu-chan makes them an thrilling new voice in music. 2 MUCH leads their first EP and appears like an evolution within the scope of their sound.
Previous to this monitor, the group launched two songs that featured prominently in 12 months 0. Rondo‘s emotional balladry and Mr.FORTUNE‘s impish rap could appear at odds with one another, however 2 MUCH fuses them collectively right into a cathartic anthem. Its sound is poppier than anticipated, however delivered with a gutsy gusto that results in some splendidly abrasive moments.
Ryugujo’s most putting asset is their energy of expression. This has clearly been mentored by Avu-chan, with phrasing and vocal inflections that might be acquainted to followers of her model. The fellows sneer and growl their method via the monitor, filling every line with character. Sure, it’s performative – however pushed by a palpable sense of dedication that makes it plausible. Even its most polished melodies have an idiosyncratic edge that helps them stand out.
Above all else, 2 MUCH is solely a satisfying hear. I really like its insistent construct — particularly the resounding percussion in the course of the second pre-chorus. The refrain itself is shout-to-the-rafters excellence, countering its pop effusiveness with a kitchen sink instrumental that feels chaotic and uncooked in the absolute best method. And moderately than dole out this megawatt hook too typically, 2 MUCH stubbornly pulls again for an sudden rap verse earlier than transferring right into a key change finale and resounding outro the place the group’s pre-show chant closes issues with conviction.
Yep, it’s the conviction that sells it.