Release Date: January 10th, 2018
Total Runtime: 00:03:04
Recommended For: Those looking for a track with a unique instrumental and charming vocal performance. If you’re a fan of Japanese rock and you want something addicting, this is for you!
NOT Recommended For: Anyone uninterested in J-rock or louder instrumentals, or those who have a dislike towards a bit more unique sounding tracks.
Way back in the beginning of the year, Gesu no Kiwami Otome released their single “戦ってしまうよ” (Tatakkate Shimau yo) in collaboration with the mobile-phone game Clash Royale. With the English title aptly meaning “Can’t Help Fighting”, this release talks about a game so addicting that it’s basically “playing you” instead of the vice versa, from the words of the band’s frontman Enon Kawatani.
“The song is about finding yourself being played by a game when you thought you were the one playing it, that’s how engrossing this game is” — Enon Kawatani
With this release being their first single in a span of two years, the band’s recent comeback is both dreamy and addicting. The intriguing instrumentation compliments Enon’s enjoyable vocals and right away sets the tone for the song.
The track opens strongly with bright synths and heavy drum and guitar, easily transitioning into the main melody and verses. The rushing feeling of the song is only heightened by the instrumentation, and a quick drum fill leads us into the chorus.
When it comes to the refrain, Enon’s vocal delivery takes the spotlight, his use of his upper register giving the song an interesting charm. The simplicity of the lyrics gives room for the instrumentation to shine as well, and the “checkmate” hook is both fun and memorable. I find the chorus to be the most addicting part, and I have to give a nod to Enon for his performance here as it really makes the track for me.
After the chorus we are accompanied by the synth from the beginning, followed by the line ute, kono geemu ga owara nai you ni, which is later repeated four other times later in the song. There is a very interesting piano piece at the 1:29 mark which gives the song an almost spiraling feeling, adding some more character to this already engaging track.
The song comes to an end smoothly after a repeat of the chorus and Enon leading it out with repeats of the chekkumeito~ hook. As a whole I find Tatakatte Shimau yo to be one of the highlights of this year already, with the captivating instrumental, memorable verses, and charming vocals cementing its place in my playlist.
While relatively short, clocking in at only 3 minutes, this track is able to catch the listeners attention right from the beginning and has great replayability. If you’re looking for something easily addicting with a distinct sound of its own, I’d definitely recommend you check out Tatakatte Shimau yo!