Sunday, December 20th, 2020

REOL – The Sixth Sense

No twist ending here…


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Katherine St Asaph: I see raving people. No, wait, that’s a mirror.
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Iain Mew: Can campfire EDM, brostep and Perfume future pop all fit into one song? They can and will, in three minutes, with room to spare for some more general pinball noises. Can they fit in one coherent song? Not on this evidence, but it’s a fun journey finding out.
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Thomas Inskeep: Slightly glitchy techno-(J-)pop that’s got ample energy and thrust but still has some songcraft behind its tricks, as opposed to a lot of stuff of this ilk. I like that even amidst its chaos, this is hummable.
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Jeffrey Brister: I’m predisposed to J-pop thanks to a childhood full of anime and video games. Everything was high energy, groovy, and sweet enough to give me a toothache. It’s a sound that I didn’t realize I missed until I heard this. It’s big, high-energy chorus hits that funky/jazzy Capcom vs. SNK 2 sweet spot smashed together with the exuberance of an anime closing credits song. Everything else here — the dubstep breakdown, the EDM rave-up pre-chorus, its constant cycling through moods and styles — just makes this a delightful sugar rush.
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Austin Nguyen: From the bass that gurgles and swerves into a sputtering overdrive to the tiny, lullaby-like synth flourishes that would sound more comfortable in a haruka nakamura song, “The Sixth Sense” feels like a hyper-speed rollercoaster tracing the path of some berserk rainbow. At the helm stands REOL, gliding through each frenetic glitch with infectious enthusiasm: “Today, I wanna do something unbecoming for my age.” Is there room for one more in the front car?
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Will Adams: It seems silly to hinge all these points on the fact that the complextro breakdown after the first chorus doesn’t go into half-time. Yet it’s a choice like that makes the difference from formula-tested EDM to a front-to-banger.
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Crystal Leww: The production seemingly builds to a typical EDM brostep drop, resolves that build with a thumping, sure, but more racing chorus that feels more suitable for a Sonic the Hedgehog game than EZoo, but then ends up still doing the brostep bass wurbles anyway. That alone would cause me to admire having the balls to have your cake and eat it, too, but fortunately, each part of this is executed so well. I have listened to it twenty times today. 
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Michael Hong: That chorus would have been enough, with its thumping beat and REOL’s mesmerizing voice capture all of my attention. “The Sixth Sense” is built like a kaleidoscope of interesting ideas (the left turn on the second verse in particular is great) that are each interesting enough to carry a song and yet here, REOL uses them just to elevate that gigantic explosion of a chorus.
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Kylo Nocom: Not perfect: the awkward handling of the second pre-chorus nearly halts the momentum of a track otherwise determined to set my brain on fire. But I’ve made peace with how easily entertained I am by EDM excess, and the sensory overload here is conducive to a track that captures the excitement of feeling childlike wonder once again so beautifully.
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Alfred Soto: Push, press, more, less/Here together/What’s your pleasure?
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One Response to “REOL – The Sixth Sense”

  1. this song is a masterpiece for real, thx for introducing me!

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