King & Prince followers are nonetheless reeling from final week’s sudden announcement that members Sho Hirano, Yuta Kishi and Yuta Jinguji might be leaving the group (and company) subsequent 12 months. I’ve seen my fair proportion of group disbandments and roster adjustments through the years, however this is without doubt one of the most genuinely surprising developments I can bear in mind. Not solely is King & Prince at the moment at their peak (arguably essentially the most profitable act in Johnny’s in the meanwhile), however there was completely no forewarning of this dramatic information. Actually, the fellows have a brand new single out this week!
All types of conspiracy theories have been circulating concerning the behind-the-scenes goings on of Johnny & Associates, and I’ll get into that after I write concerning the company later this month. However for now, I wish to give new single Tsukiyomi its flowers. The music deserves reward, as bittersweet as its launch could also be.
As ordinary, the company’s truncated YouTube model makes it tough to get a full image of the music, and this one’s too twisty and turny to realize any profit from a shortened edit. Should you can search out the total observe, please do.
Tsukiyomi repositions King & Prince as soon as once more. This time, their abilities thrive over a trendy beat bolstered by heavy Latin affect. It’s a sound that has been within the highlight for a while, however Tsukiyomi brings the theatricality that makes these influences pop. The plucked guitar of the verses is totally pretty and the accordion is even higher. Critically, we want extra accordion in music! The percussion is resonant and satisfying, bringing a way of depth to the instrumental. Even after we pause for a climactic dance break, the combination of parts completely thrives.
I’m additionally smitten with Tsukiyomi’s construction. The observe takes time to get used to, particularly when it opts for two distinct pre-choruses earlier than the primary hook. However, these offbeat selections give the music a way of grandeur. In a world of two-and-a-half-minute streamers, Tsukiyomi takes its time and provides a full-course meal. The vocal performances are spectacular, revealing an untapped nicely of expertise inside the group. It’s a pity this arrives on the heels of such unwelcome information as a result of it’s one other improbable single in King & Prince’s mighty arsenal.