I finally got my magazines yesterday! So, here is a translation of the Trauma Recorder review from December 2017’s issue of Bass Magazine. Obviously, it focuses more on the bass!
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[Comp (bass, etc.)] Ranko (vocals), Paprika (piano, keyboard, etc.), others
Bass satisfactory rate: 4 stars out of 5
The flexible stance and skill that make the best use of the bass’ textures
The 2nd major mini album from BUTAOTOME, whose members are the female vocalist Ranko, the polar bear Comp (bass, etc.), the cat Paprika (piano, etc.) and the rabbit Ranko no Ane (in charge of artworks and performances). Their unique characters draw them attention, yet they are definitely not just a novelty band, their musicality is of the traditional school, based on simple guitar rock/pop. Their charming songs feature catchy melodies, gorgeous sounds and fresh vocals. Using as support a light and upbeat number while showing their range, with the emotional “Zurezure na Hibi”, the sorrowful slow tune “Fusoku Hokou” and “Yodare” which uses a samba feeling, is something to pay attention to. It’s a work that releases “a noticeable presence”, like their personalities.
Regarding the bass, the broadness is impressive. It flashes out in “Ikiru no ga Heta na dake” featuring a fast slap, “Yodare” being groovy, “Panorama” overflowing with liveliness, while in “Zurezure na Hibi” and “Fusoku Hokou” is placed at the bottom, as expected. Furthermore, “Trauma Recorder” goes in crescendo towards the latter half of the song, “Ikiru no ga Heta na dake” switches to playing root notes in the second part, “Yodare” incorporates a sharp technique where it goes in unison with the vocals for a moment; there are many moments that the bass surprised me. The flexible stance and skill that make the best use of the bass’ textures according to the tune is brillant.