Delightfully Dark and Dramatic
This new release is not my favorite song by San-E... It's not even in the running really. I'm just not a fan of it, which is not to say that it's poorly done. It's just not my genre. This minimalist straight rap thing is not my style, but San-E's pulled it off incredibly well. At it's most basic, rap is beat-poetry with a solid instrumental backing and the nebulous tones in this track blur that line dramatically. The move well and vary enough to carry the track though, and the visuals are poignant and relevant: artistically captured, without being overly hipster-fake-artsy-chic. It's the visuals that make this for me, they carry the vocals well, delineating the separate lines and putting an emphatic curve on all the words that need it without requiring repeated a vocal push that could get quite tiresome to hear. It leaves the vocal inflections in reserve for the moments when that can be truly effective. The message is strong and worth saying and it comes across perfectly through both the lyrics and the visuals and the instrumental adds tone.
It's not my favorite, but it is very well done.