Especia – Amarga Review

Especia Cover Tarde

Release Date: May 22, 2013

Track Listing –Tarde-

  1. Amarga
  2. Twilight Palm Beach
  3. Sensual Game
  4. Sky Time
  5. Interlude
  6. Parliament
  7. Orange Fast Lane
  8. Fukigen Rendezvous
  9. Amarga (Reprise)

Especia Cover Noche

Track Listing –Noche-

  1. Amarga
  2. Twilight Palm Beach
  3. Sensual Game
  4. Midas Touch
  5. Interlude
  6. Parliament
  7. Stereo Highway
  8. Fukigen Rendezvous
  9. Amarga (Reprise)

Review

Especia Amarga Promo

Amarga is Especia’s second EP. Released in May of 2013, it comes in two versions: Tarde and Noche.

As a precursor to their 2014 album Gusto, this pair of EPs established the groundwork for their retro 80’s disco funk and J-Pop sound, and if you liked that album, you’re most likely going to fall in line with these EPs.

The sound of this group is about as far as typical idol music as you can get except for possibly Tokyo Girls Style (who are very similar to Especia and are stuck in their time warp), as I mentioned in my review of Especia’s debut album.

For the most part, the material on this album is fairly chill. You are likelier to be sipping on some champagne (or a box of wine if that is too expensive) or using this as background music for a dinner party or pre-club hangout session.

This could also be considered fine weekend driving music, and if you’re in colder climates, it could spark memories of warmer days and drinks with umbrellas in them.

There isn’t much difference between the two versions of this album except for a couple of track swaps at certain points. The majority is the same, so what version you get will depend on whether you want their complete discography.

Recommended listening goes to Midas Touch, Parliament, Sky Time and Orange Fast Lane. Those tracks should give you a good idea of the vibe of this album. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything here. All of it is just too good to pass up.

I will re-enforce that this probably won’t be for everyone. Those who like their idol music fast and furious with lots of electronic bells and whistles will most likely find this boring.

Everyone else? Well, it’s up to you to decide whether this type of retro pop fits in your idol collection.

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