Tegomasu’s 4th single, entitled 七夕祭り, was released on 07.08.09. This single will not be included on their upcoming album, which will be released on 07.15.09.
七夕祭り is a sweet song that carries a childlike atmosphere for the listener to enjoy. The song starts off with some environmental noises to really paint a night-time image for the listener. Then comes the first verse and Massu sounds very good here, his voice suiting the peaceful instrumentation perfectly. In the music, there are some slight country influences entering the song and when it’s Tegoshi’s turn to sing, they come in more strongly. It really does have this cute kid-like feeling to it that will make the listener smile. They come together on the chorus and their voices compliment each other’s very well so it stands out as a strong section of the song. The pure instrumental section, although short, sounds very nice and makes a nice transition into the third verse. On the final chorus, some kids join the duo and it brings out the childlike atmosphere even more. Overall, it’s a cute song that is very enjoyable.
はなむけ is the B-side present on both editions of the single. The song opens up with a sweet and pretty instrumental with the chorus. Both of their voices sound very soothing alongisde the music, which calms the listener. After is a small section of pure instrumentation and here, the music becomes a little more diverse and catches the listener’s ear. On the verses, they sound strong and suit the music very well. Although the song is a little on the long side, it’s a very nice song with a sweet soothingness that will definitely stand out to the listener.
The first B-side only present on the regular edition of the single is 僕らしく. Opening up the song is a very pretty piano-centered instrumental. Massu sounds great when he comes in on the first and slowly the beat comes in and there are some electronic parts here and there. It makes the instrumentation much more interesting and addictive. They sound great on the chorus, particularly when they sing the title of the song. Tegoshi shows off his vocal strength here, hitting a high note perfectly. The English was a nice touch as they sung “be yourself and show the world you are proud of the way you are.” It would have been nice to have a section of pure instrumentation since the music is so strong. It’s a great song that will catch the ears of the listener.
終わらないで is the second B-side only present on the regular edition of the single. Beginning the song is a nice upbeat happy instrumental with some slight rock tints here and there. There is a fast energetic pace to the song and both Tegoshi and Massu sound great on the first verse. The chorus is cute although a little forgettable. That could be applied to the whole song actually, cute but somewhat forgettable.
In order to promote the single, a PV for 七夕祭り was made. The PV fits the song so perfectly featuring Tegoshi and Massu helping some kids prepare for the star festival. Massu looks great here with his hair back to its usual style and Tegoshi looks good too. They all draw pictures and write down their wishes and overall it’s just adorable.
Single Ranking: A –
It’s been over a year since Tegoshi and Massu teamed up to form Tegomasu and they showed that they still got it. All four songs are enjoyable with the first three being the stronger ones. Hopefully their upcoming album will feature a little more diversity since they can definitely handle it.