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I-アイ- Crystallize
Date: 2014.01.13
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Artist:   I-AI  
Date of Release: 2011.11.11
Image © 2011 I-AI-
I-アイ (I-AI) is an interesting Japanese rock band that is going to set foot on the European soil in January 2013 for a series of live dates. Mixing piano harmonies with electronica and pop-rock sounds, the duo manages to create a peculiar, catchy amalgam of seemingly far-off elements in its fascinating records.

Their first album [Crystallize] perfectly encompasses this blend; opening with the oceanic atmosphere of the melancholic piano track [Prologue], the mood swings between upbeat, fast tracks where digital elements dominate, and more somber songs which rely on Yuki Aneyoshi's clean guitar riffs and piano for their mood.
In the first category we can find tunes like the title track [Crystallize], with its cadenced cheerful chorus and distorted vocals, and the closing ["I"AWAKE]; the second category features songs such as the epic-inspired [STARTING POINT], [Mona Lisa] and its nostalgic mysterious atmosphere, and the dreamy, longing [月] (Tsuki) .
The band also ventures into the hard rock territory with [NIGHT WING] and [ROSARIO], where vocalist Hiroaki Nakashima's clear voice lowers for growling parts, and launches into the ballad enterprise with the aptly titled [Eternal Love Song].

With such a variance of tones, it's hard not to find at least one "love at first hearing" song; and yet, the band manages to endow every track with a personal style, made of neat chords and easy-to-remember melodies.

[Crystallize] will be available during the European tour of the band, which starts on January 16th. For info on dates and tickets, please visit their official website .
For those who won't be able to attend, it can be purchased online on iTunes.

The band also recently released a new album, the self-titled [I-ai-], which will be available during the European tour as well.


CRYSTALLIZE TRACKLIST
01.Prologue
02.STARTING POINT
03.Crystallize
04.Mona Lisa
05.DEEP SEA
06.月 (Tsuki)
07.Everything Flows 
08.ROSARIO 
09.NIGHT WING 
10.Eternal Love Song 
11."I"AWAKE 
Author: Diletta F.
last update: 2014-01-12