song: "Little Hell" - Shunkan
It takes mere seconds for Marina Sakimoto to set the tone of the latest Shunkan single. Beginning with just the lightest hint of fuzzy guitar, “Little Hell” soon unravels, expanding into another musical mood entirely with a shift to thunderous strings and impressionably loud percussion. And while it’s easy to find yourself submerged beneath all the noise, the inclusion of twinkly keyboards and Sakimoto’s repetitious promise of better days encapsulate a feeling of breaking free from whatever is holding you back. “Time is just an open door/and I’ve been holding on/swinging the keys with a smile," Sakimoto pronounces at one point, and for those who feel rushed to figure it or stuck in unwanted circumstances, the line is the simplest reminder that we’re all in control of whatever steps we take next, even when it doesn’t feel like it.