[Review] 浅葱 (ASAGI) – 斑 (Madara)

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Artist: 浅葱 (ASAGI)
Release: 斑 (Madara)
Release date: 2018/01/31
CD number: YICQ-10401 (limited edition) / YICQ-10402 (regular edition)

review-YICQ-10402CD Playlist:
01 – 天地行き来る小船 (Tenchi iku kuru kofune)
02 –
月界の御子 (Tsuki-kai no miko)
03 –
畏き海へ帰りゃんせ (Kashikoki umi e kaerya n se)
04 –
花雲の乱 (Hanagumo no ran)
05 –
隠桜 (Komo sakura)
06 –
螢火 (Keika)
07 –
大豺嶽(おおやまいぬだけ)〜月夜(つくよ)に吠ゆ〜 (Dà chái yuè (O oyama inu dake)~tsukiyo (tsuku yo) ni hoe yu~)
08 –
冬椿 〜白妙の化人〜 (Fuyutsubaki ~shirotae no kenin~)
09 –
白面金毛九尾の狐火玉 (Hakumenkonmōkyūbinokitsune hidama)
10 –
鬼眼羅 (Guǐ yǎn luó)
11 –
雲の通ひ路 (Kumo no kayohiji)
12 –
妖刀玉兎 (Yōtō gyokuto)
13 –
物の怪草子 (Mononoke sōshi)
14 –
アサギマダラ (Asagimadara)

When most people hear the name ASAGI, they’ll immediately think of the vocalist of the visual kei band D, and that is no different in this case. Only now we’re not talking about a release by D, but by ASAGI himself as a solo artist.
Did you know that ASAGI already released a two-track single called “Corvinus” as a solo artist in 2006? After this single he stopped his solo activities and instead focused his attention on working as a desinger, perfumer and of course as the vocalist of D.
For this album he got help from other musicians from the visual kei genre, but also from the traditional genre, all of them playing various instruments (modern like guitar, bass and drums but also traditional shamisen, koto and taiko) while ASAGI himself wrote and composed all lyrics and music for the album. All members from D provide parts with their familiar instruments to various songs, but other artists include SUGIZO (Luna Sea), Shinya (Dir en grey), Leda (Far East Dizain), MiA (MEJIBRAY), yo-ka (DIAURA), Sakito (NIGHTMARE), Jui (GOTCHAROCKA) and JUN (GOTCHAROCKA) (and more!) from the visual genre, but other instruments, not limited to the traditional ones, are played by Ikuro Fujiwara, Sho Tomoda, Yasunori Sakurazawa, Fumiko Kai and Misako Arameki, among others.
There’s a whole list of artists who contributed to this album, which you can view on his own page here.

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