International Spotlight: DESAIHA’s WISTERIA review
As some of you know, one of my favorite things about working for Visual KEIOS is finding out about so many new, amazing international bands. Well, at least these bands are new to me. DESAIHA, a visual band from Sweden, is the latest band to fall into my radar. I’ve been hearing a lot about DESAIHA lately but they didn’t catch my eye at first. It wasn’t until YOHIO announced that he was becoming DESAIHA’s manager that I decided to see what the buzz was about. Even though they only have one full-length song, WISTERIA, released; when you listen it’s not hard to see why this band has been popping up everywhere.
WISTERIA starts off hard and fast. Fredrik Holmlund and Marcus tear it up on guitar and bass from the beginning, while Fredrik Widigs is drumming away. Adrian joins in and begins singing at :23. He just has one of those voices that’s perfect for songs like this. It’s ideal! Adrian has perfect range and provides enough vocal energy to keep up with the pace of the song, but not overpower the instruments. The song continues with its fast paced, dancey-ness until 1:01. At this point, the song beings to lighten up just a little when Adrian sings the lines, “If you ever find a way to drown me in your loneliness, your hands will guide me back. Always know that when your harmony is broken, I’m here with you.” This part is repeated later at 1:54 with the lyrics slightly changed. Then once more at 3:30 with the same lyrics as the second time around. These pre-chorus sections really draw you in because of the lightness about them that is so different from the heaviness of the rest of the song. The chorus plays for the first time at 1:20. I really like the chorus’ lyrics; they are very moving. “Wisteria your color never left me. My frozen hands, my fingertips will find you, heal you, so can I stay until your time.” The song continues with the same pattern for the most part until the bridge that begins at 2:41. I feel like there are actually two sections combined to make one in this section. From 2:41-2:53 we once more find ourselves in a lighter section. The drumming isn’t as hard, and the guitar is “dimmed down”. At 2:54 you hear a really nice riff as it goes into the heavy bliss that I love. These guys are really playing their hearts and souls out for everyone to hear in this song. At around 3:19 things die down a bit in preparation for the section at 3:30 that I mentioned earlier. There is a little bit more of an instrumental section between the lighter part and the chorus, where you can even hear a flute, or similar instrument, being played. At 4:01, Adrian sings the chorus one last time; though luckily that’s not the end of the song. There is still one final verse before Adrian sings the line “Wisteria” twice while both Fredriks and Marcus lead us to the end of the song.
With an exciting song like this there was no doubt in my mind that I HAD to give this song a 5/5. DESAIHA’s music just wraps you up and takes on an very amazing ride that you’ll want to go on again and again. While I am slightly disappointed that they only have one song out at the moment, I’ve heard rumours that they have new and exciting things in the works. I can tell that these boys have the potential to go far and I’m extremely excited to see where the music industry takes them. Make sure to like their official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so that you can stay up to date on these talented up-and-comers.