Since I recently got my copy of the single, I'll talk about that first. To start: it's pretty good! The best description I can give is a slightly more upbeat and less heavy Synside (without delving into the pop depths of REALies). The single also features the sort of ambient synth that Synside was known for—three of the five songs are instrumentals in that vein.
A first for him, Lin acted as vocalist, and, despite being nervous about it, he did a good job! His voice, though unusual (raspy but somewhat nasal), didn't come across as annoying; and, although he lacks the technique and range of an actual singer, he managed to downplay those shortcomings. Overall, he did really well, or, at the very least, decent enough to not detract from the music—and actually, I heard what I thought were hints that he might be a legitimately good vocalist with some more practice!
As I said, he was main guitarist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist, but the single also features some guest musicians. Most notably, ex-brodiaea 真央 (Mahiro) is featured as bassist! (Glad to see that guy still around.) Aside from that, drums were done by someone named 翔 (Shou) (he seems to be support for a non-vk band called G.B.L), and guest vocals were provided by someone named R (I'm not sure who they are and can't tell which song they were in...).
In terms of production and packaging, the single is fairly high quality—God knows where the money came from, but Lin had the single professionally designed and pressed. It's been said to include a photograph (1 of 5 total), but my copy didn't, so I don't know about that. It seems that he's on some label called Grows Independent Music, but I'm not sure if that's an established label or just Lin having the idea of running his own. Either way, I can't find any information about it, so we'll just have to keep an eye on that.
Finally, I'll say that, overall, the CD was worth the 1,575 yen that it cost. If you're thinking about buying it, I strongly suggest doing so! (And you can hear samples at his MySpace
if you're unsure.) It's available at PureSound, closet child, and Brand X, all of which ship overseas.
Ok, on to the live information. Lin (as Affective Synergy) will hold his first solo live on 2011-07-26 at the Livqueur Records event L☆Rワンコイン 夏祭
(L☆R ONECOIN Natsumatsuri
) at HOLIDAY OSAKA. He'll be singing and playing guitar, but I'm not sure if he'll have support musicians as well. At any rate, he'll be selling some goods at the show (that day only, and, unfortunately, they're not available to overseas fans):
- Photoset (1,000 yen)
- Poster (500 yen)
- Cheki (500 yen)
- First single (1,575 yen)
- Those who spend 1,500 yen or more will receive an unspecified, limited present
Also, I should mention that he'll also appear at that live as member of 黒烏龍 (Kurouuron). Kurouuron is more or less the session band version of Leviathan—it's ex-Leviathan members playing Leviathan songs, I think, but without officially reviving that band. (That session has been active since even before Synside broke up, but there are no plans for releases or an official revival, as far as I'm aware.)
Well, I think that's everything! I have to say, the more I follow this guy, the more I like and respect him. He's a good musician and seems like a cool guy (even answering us overseas fans in English, when he can!). If you'd like to keep up with him too, I'll continue to post about his solo activities in this community, as well as at my UNDER CODE twitter, @we_love_ucp
. Additionally, Lin is active at his blog
Hello! I've decided that I'll continue to keep up with Lin's solo project through this community, even if there's not much interest~ First of all, Lin had been in American (San Diego to be exact) since May, as part of a study abroad program. He's back in Japan now, has released his first single, and is about to embark on his first solo live!