PIRAMIRiSTAR / Emi Hirayama



Album Title:
PIRAMIRiSTAR / Emi Hirayama
Record Label:
Sweep Record
Catalog No.:
Release Date:
July 31, 2020
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PIRAMIRiSTAR is the second release by vocalist Emi Hirayama and features music composed by Hajime Mobiki, Ken Ito, Shunsuke Matsui, and Takahiro Eguchi. This release features four songs and their karaoke counterparts. How is the overall album?


The album opens with Hajime Mobiki’s “Star Sapphire.” It’s a synthy pop tune combining strings, piano, drum pad, and synth into an upbeat and bubbly sound with a catchy melody. “Star Trail,” by Ken Ito, is a beautiful pop ballad with a lovely piano and strings backing. The melody itself is particularly memorable and is a highlight of the release. Shunsuke Matsui’s arrangement of “Dead or Just the Two of Us♪ – Dolce Accordo” is a saccharine pop rock tune with a catchy melody, whose original can be found on PIRAMIRiSE. The tune itself has a catchy melody with plenty of electric guitar and plucked strings. The vocal performance borders more on cutesy compared to the other tunes but fits the overall vibe of the tune. Lastly, “Working to the Future – Reprogram,” by Takahiro Eguchi, is a pop tune with a rock and synth focus with uplifting vocals and a determined sound. The vocals themselves are very powerful and complement the synth quite nicely. It has a very typical Eguchi style sound, especially during the synth rock instrumental sections and with the synthy ethereal backing during the song’s verses. Each of these songs also come with vocal-less karaoke versions with just the accompaniment to the sung melody.


Fans of Emi Hirayama’s first release, PIRAMIRiSE, will certainly enjoy this single release. While not as long, there is still a diverse subset of styles and vocal performances and is worth picking up for fans of the first album.

PIRAMIRiSTAR / Emi Hirayama Don Kotowski

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Posted on January 22, 2021 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on January 22, 2021.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.

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