“Kami-sama I have noticed” (Kamisama, boku wa kidzuite shimatta), the mysterious band who has been living under white masks for the past two years has at last put out their first full album called 20XX (20 double-X), on May 15! Like their previous work up till this point, the four-man band retains their sound and formula, delivering incredibly catchy songs thanks to their unique features!
There are numbers of reasons why I’ve been excited about Kami-sama I have noticed’s album 20XX, one of them is of course because their songs are great, but I personally think they release far too seldom. Furthermore, the band decided to include the songs TOKYO LIAR, and Merci, making it about one and a half years since those music videos were made public. This is the first time we see these songs included in an actual release, so finally, fans can enjoy the songs in the audio quality they deserve.
Putting my annoyances aside for a second, during my first listen, I was certainly able to enjoy the album as much as I expected. Due to following this band since the start, my expectations were quite realistically leveled and I believe the band was able to meet those expectations. Its stylish guitar riffs, modern rock style, energetic and fast-paced songs, and its unique vocal traits (which we’ll talk about a bit later) has been a recipe for success in my book—and still is. Especially the creative guitar riffs, those are not to be underestimated!
However, I would be lying to myself if I didn’t mention how many of the songs sounded quite similar to each other. They’re straightforward, follow a similar theme, and generally passing a soothing and catchy vibe. As of writing, it’s been a week since the album came out, meaning I had plenty of time to listen to it so I’m not shy about letting you know I already played the 13-track album over 23 times, that’s more than 300 plays in total (thanks last.fm for tracking my listening habits). Thinking about it, it’s pretty nuts considering how that translates to an average of three album plays (2 hours) a day. My conclusion to how I got to this big number was primarily due to its soothing nature. You simply don’t get exhausted listening to Kami-sama I have noticed’s music for hours!
On top of that, once I reached my fifth day of no-combobreak, that was when I was truly able to distinguish each and every track, knowing every part of the songs. Effectively, giving the album a fresh wave of scent, making it even more enjoyable.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of English lyrics that dominated a big portion of the songs Troll Inc., and the newly released music video, deadlock. We have previously never seen the band include English to this extent.
Despite my remarks about its straightforward direction and its reoccurring theme, there were a few songs that stood out to me. The ninth song Hametsu no orange for its explosive and contrasting energy, deadlock for its straightforward anime-like rock style, the atmospheric characteristic found in second track Merci, and last but not least, title-track 20XX thanks to its jazzy guitar riffs.
One thing that makes Kami-sama I have noticed stand out among both the pop and rock scene is the unique voice of the vocalist, who goes by the unusual name “Doko no Dare ka” (“Someone from somewhere”). Not just the voice, but the high vocal range as well! With a great vocal range like this, “Doko no Dare ka” is able to create more contrast in the vocals, resulting in more climactic and explosive choruses, ultimately hooking me to their catchy sound. I would suggest having a closer listen to the ninth track, Hametsu no orange, where the vocalist drops to a lower octave and then slowly builds up and reaches two octaves higher, once the chorus enters. What a sublime build-up!
Of course, all of this would be for naught if the band didn’t actually write great melodies that resonated with their potential and existing fans. Looking at Kami-sama I have noticed’s activities that only so far spans two years, they’ve been quite a success and even had songs featured in a popular mobile game and anime. Their most well-received song CQCQ on YouTube also just hit 24 million views!
All in all, despite there not being too many surprising elements in album 20XX, I got what I expected and was able to pleasantly enjoy it. The modern style they bring to the rock scene is really refreshing and I can’t wait to hear more! Let me rephrase that, I need to hear more!
Buy at CDJapan
Buy at CDJapan