For the month of September, Lin and Hylen present a brand-new track: Palace.
... except, the single was released on all audio streaming platforms yesterday, October 5. Originally, this was supposed to be released back on September 29 (or 30?), but because of a delay , it was pushed back to the first weekend of October. I don't think the release delay will affect the monthly flow that Lin and Hylen are going through with these tracks, so in the meantime, there'll be another fresh single coming soon near the end of the month.
Palace is the second single that Lin and Hylen introduced another third collaborator. XYLOZ is an indie R&B pop duo consisting of vocalist China and producer/DJ KOHD. After listening to a few of XYLOZ's tracks on YouTube, I somewhat had an idea on how Palace was going to sound like. Their musicality would definitely be fitting for a Lin and Hylen joint, in my opinion, and the collaboration for Palace really worked well.
Lin usually would post the lyrics to his songs on his lyrics blog, but the one for Palace isn't up (yet?). Until I see the lyrics, this review would be a little shorter than my Usotsuki review. I guess you can say that I'm a bit old-fashioned when it comes to music, as distorted vocals due to autotune and other effects can make the melodic words blurred to the ears, so it's easier for me to analyze the lyrics itself just by reading them.
Anyway, on with the quick review.
The first few seconds of the song already gave you the sultry vibe to this song. In short? It's a slow jam ballad. My Japanese listening skills are still beginner level so it's quite difficult for me to make up the words just by listening. On the other hand, that's just how I am with songs in general regardless of the language. I still yet to read the written lyrics for me to understand.
Listening to China's smooth vocals gives a nice touch to the melody, plus her voice becomes seductive while she raps. It does give a compliment and an "answer" to Lin's rapping right after. But as you listen carefully, the song is more of China's song rather than Lin's, which makes this experimental in a way compared to the others. In other words, Usotsuki's LIL'B is more of a guest performer, while with Palace, Lin takes a back seat by letting China take over the main vocals.
But, I would say that this song is perfect to listen to when you're "in the mood." On the other hand, it still is a song well worth listening if you want to relax, kick back, and just enjoy the music in its pure form. My only small comment here is that it's too short 😅 and that I only got to hear Lin ONCE on the song. (No offense to China-san of course, but maybe I've gotten used to hearing a lot of Lin in all his tracks after all. 😅)
That's it for the review. I'm still waiting for the lyrics... if Lin plans on posting them. You can now purchase and download Palace in your favorite audio streaming service right here.
Till next time, Axcels and music lovers!
Come October! The period of harvests and fun begins this month!
I pretty much covered most of the upcoming events for this month from the last What's Happening? post. Below are just quick updates on more events for October that I think that would give us global fans a chance to join in the fun! 😊
... and I'll even post them with pics and video. 😊
I know I used that photo from another post, but it's just filled with so much cuteness and ❤ that I just had to post it again. 😊
We're at the last week of September, which also means, we're only three months down before the end of 2018. The autumn/fall season just kicked in yesterday (9/22) as the weather begins to cool down and the leaves turn to shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown as they fall down from their branches and scattered around the grounds. Autumn/fall season is also my favorite season of the year for the same reason why this season is also Shin's favorite.
Mark your calendars that next Tuesday JST, October 2nd, Shin will be turning 25. I'll repeat it again. Shin will be turning 25... as in the mid-20s 25.
Just right after MADKID's official debut back in January, Shin also has a fulfilling first year as a debuted major artist with a list of accomplishments so far. Here are a few to name:
(Honey Green Milk Tea... or Honey Black Milk Tea...?)
(#shinchan_style #swagshin #bts #bloodsweatandtears)
Again, referring to the last What's Happening? post, the original 50 slots for Shin's second SHIN-derella Night solo mini-live was completely booked some 30-35 minutes right after Shin announced (on Twitter) that the reservation window time slot was opened. If all 50 were already booked for only 30-35 minutes, that only tells us one thing: Shin is really that worth watching.
It's been over a month since the last What's Happening? post. It's already the middle of September, but this usually means that everyone has gone back to their daily lives. School already started for many, and of course, the weather for many parts around the world is getting a little chilly, as we see the leaves turn their colors to the shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown.
And because autumn/fall season is normally busy for everyone, it's also the reason why I haven't been really been active here. I've been busy. I'm just settling down in my new room and trying to be a lot more comfortable, plus I have been trying to lunch AXCEL STYLE's newest subsite project that I'm sure many of you will be delighted to see. Anyway, more on this later...
For the month of August, Lin and Hylen drop their fourth collaborated joint that goes by the name of Usotsuki. If you missed out on their previous releases, I wrote a review on all three of them. All three tracks are available on your favorite streaming platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.
This particular track is completely different from the previous three. A few of the differences are below:
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