Mayumi Masuya's brilliant neoclassical-inspired "Vanished" is a beautifully haunting and truly mesmerizing composition that confidently basks in its absorbing atmospheric textures and ambiance-inducing melodic explorations, treating listeners to a particularly foreboding listening experience that revels in its deeply eerie nature with the utmost conviction. Mayumi not only demonstrates great poise in her writing but a well-defined sense of creative vision that allows her to effectively target a very specific emotional response from her audience, helping to heighten the effect "Vanished" has on listeners profoundly.


Released on Dec 17, 2021

Strongest Points

With a title such as "Vanished", I think it's safe to say that Mayumi is aiming to establish a particularly ominous feeling in her music that aims to keep listeners both in a state of unease and heightened apprehension, and I believe Mayumi has most certainly achieved this. From the sheer atmosphere created by the ghostly choir layers to the deep sense of misgiving aroused by the haunting nature that shrouds the piece's many compelling melodies, "Vanished" is very much a piece of music that aims to challenge its listeners, and it does so brilliantly. The way the texture of the piece is constantly evolving over time really helps keep the arrangement feeling as if it's in a constant state of fluctuation, this presents a strong yet thematically fitting feeling of uncertainty in listeners that nicely ties in with the mysterious aura that the music strongly adopts. The way the strings, choir, and woodwind elements so calmly interact with one another whilst embracing some particularly darker tonal elements serves as a fascinating juxtaposition of ideas. Whilst the softer manner in which the phrases have been articulated gives the music its undeniably smooth-flowing qualities, the unsettling harmonic movement that they engage in allows for some rather harrowing-sounding melodic ideas to be explored, providing listeners with a deeply compelling listening experience that will undoubtedly stay with them for a long time.
Target Audience Appeal: I can definitely see

About The Reviewer

Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.