Syrufit / Poplica* – Love Hearts Album Review

Syrufit – or also known as Poplica*, is a composer I’ve only discovered most recently. I crossed over his work, Jailhouse69 when I was listening to Diverse System’s works.2, pretty awesome album too at that, and I was actually hoping that I could find more songs similar to it.

So it turns out that he already has a couple of albums under his circle name Syrufit “Studio Comfiture”, with quite a number of them being Touhou remixes. Now there was a time where I was seriously into Touhou music but as it progressed I got disillusioned with the amount of different but similar (oxymoron lol) interpretations from Comiket and Reitaisai. It would annoy me most to hear the regular tune of Youmu’s theme from PCB or Lunatic Princess of Imperishable Night. I just couldn’t shake off the feeling ‘oh it’s this again.’

Now Love Hearts turned out to be one of Poplica’s Touhou remix albums, but I didn’t actually discover it till the through half of the CD. It’s exactly my point as well – Poplica has them remixed so much that it’s hard to tell it even came out of ZUN’s drunk composing.

There’s many prominent female vocalists, featuring 3L, Aki Misawa, and Mei Ayakura, and with vocals there’s bound to be doujin lyrics. Every song features an unaltered voice track (an exception for the first and last), and those which don’t, have voice sequences. Very vocal heavy but they aren’t exactly frontliners, and thankfully the voices are tolerable unlike certain albums which they-just-don’t-go-with-the-song, ruining a perfectly good arrangement.

The main highlight of this album is Poplica’s and Linjin’s badass arranging skills, where every song regardless of genre just comes out fitting. Voices come out good, they don’t compete with the sound and everything is crisp and clear. A pat on the back for the arrangers.

The best song? Amidst all the heart pumping trance like tracks, Track 6’s ‘Everything’ just stands out, a simplistic song with 3L’s soft spoken voice, pianos reminiscent of a love ending theme and minimalist use of beats. ‘you’re the fire’ by Linjin is slightly more uptempo with a cheery feel. For those electro trance lovers, proceed straight to ‘true blue’, ‘BAD’, ‘Myosotis alpestris’ and ‘Rewire’. They’re great, but it needs time to get it stuck in your head. Oh and beware, BAD has Japlish in there.

Rating score for Love Hearts – 2.5 out of 5. (I’ve been on a slow roll recently, and if it wasn’t for those two slow songs this album will just get a measly 2. I’m not easy to impress.)

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