CD Review :: AKi - EPHEMERAL EP
CD + DVD
3) Sing it Loud
4) In Vain
5) FAIRY DUST
6) Wait for You
7) The Inside War
EPHEMERAL EP is SID's bassist AKi's 1st mini album & it was released last month on 16th Dec .
AKi's debut solo album ARISE was released last Jan & just like ARISE , EPHEMERAL EP includes no singles but a video was made for FAIRY DUST .
EPHEMERAL EP was released on the same day as AKi's 1st solo DVD A Feeling Begins to Arise .
Kicking things off in EPHEMERAL EP is Ray which's a short introduction & the mini album wastes no time in diving straight into Fahrenheit .
Both Fahrenheit & Sing it Loud are 2 back to back uptempo Rock driven numbers which I find them neither good or bad . They're ok but I wouldn't consider them personal favourites of mine .
In Vain is 1 of my favourite tracks in EPHEMERAL EP as it has a really intriguing melody & I was drawn onto the song the moment I 1st heard it .
As mentioned earlier , FAIRY DUST is the only song that received a video in EPHEMERAL EP & it's also the only no. that AKi sings in English .
FAIRY DUST deserves to have a video made but it feels like something that could have been included in ARISE . Still , it's a cool song that I enjoy .
Wait for You is the 2nd last song and it's the only track that's a slow number . Personally if not for FAIRY DUST , a video should have been made for Wait for You instead as it's a nice change after uptempo numbers in the front of the mini album tracklist .
The Inside War is the final song in EPHEMERAL EP & for this , L'Arc~en~Ciel's guitarist Ken participated in playing the guitar melody wise .
I had a bit of a shock when I 1st listened to The Inside War as it has a really loud introduction but once I got used to it , this track is a good conclusion to wrap things up in EPHEMERAL EP & it's definitely a swell thing for Ken to play the guitar in the song too .
Just when I thought ARISE was a 1 off solo release from AKi , he wrapped up 2015 with the release of his 1st solo mini album EPHEMERAL EP & 1st solo DVD A Feeling Begins to Arise last month .
ARISE was a surprisingly good solo debut offering from AKi & likewise for EPHEMERAL EP .
I have a feeling that the songs in EPHEMERAL EP didn't made the cut in ARISE but nevertheless , I really enjoyed listening to EPHEMERAL EP as there's no doubt that AKi is really talented , solo wise .
I'm not sure if there will be anymore solo releases of AKi as I thought ARISE would be the only record he released . For now , EPHEMERAL EP is a mini album worth checking out .