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the experimental music duo brings stories to life in their first-ever solo concert in the US – Annenberg Media

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While most people were heading to their Thursday afternoon classes or heading home from work, there were long lines around the Shrine Auditorium as fans excitedly waited for YOASOBI’s first solo concert in the United States, aside from festivals like Coachella and Head in. the clouds.

YOASOBI, a Japanese duo consisting of Ayase and Ikura, entered the music scene in 2019 as producer and singer respectively with their single “Yoru ni Kakeru.” This song is an adaptation of the short story “Tanatosu no Yuwaku” (The Seduction of Thanatos) by Maya Hoshino, which depicts the love story between a man and a young woman who repeatedly tries to commit suicide, only to both succumb. till death.

However, unlike the story, the song has a bright and cheerful instrumental, combined with Ikura’s sweet vocals. This push and pull between dark themes and the light melodies and vocals has become YOASOBI’s signature sound.

Another part of YOASOBI’s signature vibe comes from Ayase’s process and his background as a Vocaloid producer. Vocaloid software uses a synthesized voice bank of popular artists, including names like Hatsune Miku. The duo also experiments with the genre and instrumentation. Ikura’s vocals bring more life and emotion to each performance, making the songs feel both new and familiar every time.

Photo of a man with blond hair playing keyboards

Although YOASOBI has grown since their inception, another big breakthrough was the theme song for the anime “Oshi no Ko” (My Favorite Idol), called “IDOL,” which blew up online. Besides ‘Oshi no Ko’, they have created anime theme songs for other shows such as ‘Sousou no Frieren’ and ‘Beastars’. As a result, fans wore anime T-shirts and even cosplays at the Los Angeles concert.

From out-of-state people, to USC students, to those visiting from San Diego, in line for YOASOBI was a wide range of fans ready to experience the group’s first solo concert. The first person in line, Susan, who declined to give his last name for privacy reasons, revealed she arrived around 6:40 a.m. to wait in line and hopefully get the best view possible.

‘I heard it’s much harder to see them abroad. Who knows when they’ll be back,” Susan said. Many fans even had the same idea of ​​coming earlier, as there were already about 50 fans waiting with camping chairs and umbrellas at 1 p.m.

Photo of a crowd of people in a hall

“Anytime I’m feeling down or I want something like a peaceful, happy vibe, I just put on YOASOBI and their playlist,” Susan said. “For me, most of the songs – if you ignore the meanings, as many of them are very deep – are usually soft, catchy, instrumental songs that I need in my stressful life.”

Fast forward to about 9:15 p.m., YOASOBI opened their concert with “Seventeen” and the venue erupted with light batons and cheers. Ikura sported streetwear and high ponytails with pink highlights on a raised platform for the first song, while Ayase rocked bleached blonde hair on the keyboard and synthesizer as their live band brought the iconic instrumentals to life.

Photo of a woman with pink pigtails and a black shirt speaking into a microphone

With very short breaks between each song, the energy remained high throughout the concert, with Ikura shouting “Thank you!” said. after every performance. But in true YOASOBI experimental fashion, they not only had a setlist that highlighted their diverse discography, but they also used lighting and background screenshots to further immerse the audience in their performance.

Photo of a woman with pink hair playing a large bass guitar

About a third of the way through the night, YOASOBI had everyone put on 3D animation glasses for their seventh song “Biri-Biri” and turn off any light sticks or phones. During the song, the background behind YOASOBI stood out with the 3D effects of a “Minecraft” style landscape. The beautiful graphics took Ikura’s vocals and energy to another level as the audience could really feel the emotions of the song with all their senses.

The last song with the 3D animation was “Tsubame” (which means “swallow”) and is based on the short story “Chiisana Tsubame no Ookina Yume” about a swallow that shows the negative aspects of humanity and how a swallow brings people happiness. The graphics of this song showed a beautiful bird animation flying over Ikura and it matched the song perfectly.

Photo of a woman in front of a colorful screen throwing her head back

After the 3D screenings, YOASOBI released one of their most popular songs, ‘IDOL’. Unlike other performances where this song is saved for the end of their performance, YOASOBI’s set featured this song near the beginning of the second half of the concert. There were more phones and lightsticks in the crowd than ever before, with some fans even performing lightstick choreography in sync with the song.

Without a break, the energy continued as the crowd cheered in unison and sang along to YOASOBI’s songs and even rocked out to the guitar lines in “Kaibutsu.” Although no one wanted the night to end, the concert quickly began to reach its conclusion as YOASOBI sang “Heart Beat,” stating that this was their last song. However, much of the audience was still waiting for YOASOBI’s most iconic song, “Yoru ni Kakeru,” as the lights dimmed and the band and YOASOBI left the stage.

While everyone in the audience cheered “ENCORE” together, YOASOBI of course did not forget their roots. “Yoru ni Kakeru” was the perfect ending to the night, as everyone in the crowd cheered and jumped to the song’s catchy instrumentals.

Photo of a band standing on a stage in front of a screen with golden lights in the shapes of stars, smiley faces and unicorns

When asked what the best part of the concert was after the performance, Grace Park, a USC student who attended, said she liked the encore the most and that the concert was “So exciting!” From the 3D animation experience to the energy of the live band and YOASOBI, fans can only hope for another tour soon. With their inventiveness with melodies, beats and lyricism, YOASOBI certainly isn’t stopping anytime soon.