Way back when I first started really getting into Touhou music (and music in general, to be honest), I stumbled upon SOUND HOLIC. I… guess it would be right to call them my ‘first love’ of music. So, what makes them so great? What makes them worthy of this post today instead of everyone else? Give me a moment of your time to answer those questions.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t listened to all their songs and maybe what I have listened to isn’t exactly their best work. But, well, I like upbeat music with vocals and they’ve got that pretty well nailed. I guess what sealed the deal with SOUND-HOLIC was the fact that they dedicated an entire album to Touhou 8: Imperishable Night. Even to this day, Endless Seeker is my favorite IN-centric album.
I’ll admit that their songs do get a bit Engrish-y, but I guess that’s part of the charm. You can tell they’re having a good time recording this stuff. And, hell, even if it is Engrish, they’re still really talented singers.
I know that this post seems a bit short, but I honestly can’t think of anything else to say about these guys. To me, they’re like the best ‘entry level’ Touhou music circle, if that makes sense. Let’s compare them to IOSYS. They’re both reasonably popular, so you find people talking about them. They both get a decent number of PVs and stuff, which inevitably makes its way to Youtube. And, let’s face it, both circles have really catchy stuff, even if you hate IOSYS. This gives them a huge appeal to newcomers, which will eventually lead them to other music circles. This is assuming they like what they hear, and IOSYS tends to be kind of hit or miss.
All in all, SOUND-HOLIC is a great gateway circle before you start looking for stuff like A-One or Lila’c Records or something like that. If you’ve never really checked out Touhou music, then I can’t recommend SOUND-HOLIC enough. Anyway, I hope everything made sense to you fine folks. Again, the best way to get what I’m trying to say is just check out some of their songs. Anyhoo, that is me done for now. I should have some more anime and game reviews coming soon, along with some really exciting news. As always, thanks for your support and have a good’un.