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雨 ~ Touhou Vocal/Gregorian Chant 52

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Published on Apr 14, 2010

Circle: 幻想郷グリークラブ
Album: 少女が見た日本の秋の原風景

http://www.cascre.com/glee/

Holy shit, I wasn't lying when I said that Touhou arranges exist in nearly every genre in the world, almost EVERY FREAKING GENRE POSSIBLE.~ But Cast Creation, they really blow the last piece with their full Mountain of Faith album!

I must confess (lol), I'm really a big fan of Gregorian chanting, it can be absolutely majestic and epic. I became a fan after I heard Gregorian, a German group of monk-styled singers who cover popular songs in chanting versions like in the Middle Ages. Oh I must really thank these guys, thank you Gregorian Masters for awakening my interest into your gorgeous work.~ Some things should simply never be forgotten or left to dust, and your way of singing is one of them.

Now the amazing thing about this particular album is that it's really a circle with real Gregorian-style singers, not just sampling, and they're quite amazingly gifted at what they're doing. On the site there's a list of the singers too:

Top Tenor
三代目カニベース
○海原雄山@女将を呼べ
アッツィ

Second Tenor
ぽこっぺ
○メロンパン
トッT
会計委員Y
えにし

Baritone
田村ゆとり
Dr.マコトー
○ジョー

Bass
阿部さん
ワタル
○蒼天
YuuuuKi
小林愛佳
ランバダ
◎旧姓かわかみ

So as you can see, there are full-fleshed singers behind this, all nicely acting working within their vocal range. But what completely amazed me however is the authenticity of it. Some of you may wonder why there's no background music, not even some calm instrumental support. But this is because the circle is really trying to keep it authentic here, it does sound a lot like chants from the Middle Ages, all just polyphonic vocals that where meant to be sung in a place with high echoing like a church. So the lack of instrumental background might irritate or bore some of you and I understand that. I'm pretty sure that this would sound very great with an orchestra (see Morrigan or other use of choirs in later centuries style). But I really respect and enjoy the concept behind the album here, trying to keep it very medieval and as faithful to history as possible. In addition, the vocals are in Japanese to keep in touch with Mountain of Faith which is very surprising too.

Overall the album itself is not well-known and will not be rated as mind-blowing and spectacular. But I think the simple idea that something like that exists in Touhou music, and also made in a way that reminds you of the true chants of the Middle Ages is totally amazing to me.

Well thanks for watching~

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