Yukari
Echo


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aberf USER (12 Reviews)
March 6th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just be friends, shall we?

Most artistic designs, such as posters, room layouts, and perhaps music have trended towards minimalistic, sleekness, and decreasingly extravagance in recent years. While music as a whole is far too broad to be reflected by one style, Yukari’s Echo seems to epitomize upon that idea far too well; it embodies its own title in a very literal sense, with its sea of ambient noises and pulsing synths, along with saturated vocals. It leans on an unapologetically bedroom pop aesthetic with an emphasis on reverb and dreamy soundscapes.

Frankly speaking, “Just Friend” is quite an ironically placed opening track. The overall feeling of Echo is lush, charming, or even romantic, which is quite the opposite of getting friend-zoned. This irony is amplified by the clarity of the vocal mixing compared to the subdued and undecipherable vocal production in the other tracks. Is getting friend-zoned followed by an amorous atmosphere Yukari’s way of comforting us, or suggesting that rejection isn’t all that bad? Regardless of the answer, “Just Friend” is a rather strong note to open with. Whether the placement or the lyrical content is intentional or not, it’s a make it or break it scenario where the listener should enjoy the entire album if they are on board with it. “Just Friend” is the most complex track in the album, boasting IDM-flavored glitches reminiscent of Sweet Trip’s - Velocity : Design : Comfort over blaring synthesizer noises. While the album quickly seems to regress in complexity, it only enhances its comfy atmosphere even more.

The experience of this album is similar to a theme park ride at night, be it the carousel moving steadily in circles amidst a variety of colorful lights (“Marginal Man”, “8PM”, or “Am I Dreaming”); or that pounding excitement of the Ferris Wheel reaching its apex to reveal the city scenery in all of its glory, similar to the opening kicks in “Hang On”; or the adrenaline rush that comes with reaching for a new reigning high score on an arcade game within the energetic “Yule”. Echo also seems to wear the influence of 80’s [Japanese] City Pop in its style of synths, amping up the downtown scenery even more. To me, this album builds upon a relaxed vibe rather than a specific theme or direction, keeping its layout open-ended.

Echo is succinct in its length, sleek in its expression, and modest in its overall foundation. It’s an easy album to drown yourself into without too many active exertions trying to comprehend its themes; none of its carefree moods is lost. And as with any true echo, you'll find yourself hearing it multiple times over.



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Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review is 160% edited by JohnnyOfTheWell btw cuz I write like presidential candidates' ghostwriter, A.K.A, trying to write a speech. So shoutout to the 2nd best user on the website I guess.

heyadam
March 6th 2020


3601 Comments


pos bc u guys r cool I guess. also what exactly is “city pop?”

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2020


22216 Comments


Good rev man, I have a few questions:

"Frankly speaking, “Just Friend” quite ironic[ally placed] opening track."

This line makes sense?

"the Yukari’s way"

You maybe don't need "the" there.

"synthesizers noises"

not sure you need that "s" there.

All these corrections will self-destroy in 3... 2... 1...

Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

City Pop is a trend of music around the '80s in Japan where the lyrics are mostly singing about metropolitan life and the sound is borrowed by the western-influenced jazz/funk.



Why are you always asking the hardest questions?? I don't even know myself noooooooooooooooooo.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2020


29968 Comments


You left the sq brackets in :O neg'd

Gonna have to listen to this now

+ yeah city pop is like Japan's equivalent of sophistipop I guess, but more commercial?

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Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I'm kinda doing it out of spite.

Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hang on, I didn't remember changing my rating to 3.5

sixdegrees
March 6th 2020


10383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its good and I wish her aseul stuff was better

Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not as good as this, but pretty good. Check out the newest album that just came out tho. More poppy, more fun.

sixdegrees
March 6th 2020


10383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hate fun

Aberf
March 6th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more lighthearted then.

kevbogz
March 22nd 2020


2638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn this is sick too wtf

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Aberf
March 22nd 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hoo boi, wait until you've listen to Aseul - New Pop. Ty for checking Kevbogz, love ya.



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