nostraightanswer’s ‘SYNTECH 0’ is a breath of fresh air.

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American VOCALOID producer nostraightanswer, also known as Lupin, is recognized by the Western VOCALOID community for his tuning and production skills. He rose to prominence in early 2014, when his song, “Define Me”, featuring the VOCALOID MAIKA, took third place in the MAIKA Original Song Contest.

In mid-2015, Lupin announced a project comprised of two albums originally titled SYNTECH and CHORTECH. Having only previously released instrumental albums, SYNTECH was to be his first album entirely comprised of VOCALOID tracks, while CHORTECH would feature self-covers and remixes of songs from SYNTECH.

The project’s initial release date of November 2015 was entirely dependent, however, on the release of the VOCALOIDs DEX and DAINA, which were scheduled to be released that summer, as many of the album’s tracks predominantly featured their vocals. Lupin actually provided his voice for DEX and worked as a beta tester for his voicebank. 

Unfortunately, due to the length of YAMAHA’s approval process, DEX and DAINA were not released until November, thus, pushing back the release date. Conflicts in Lupin’s personal life would delay the project even further until mid-August, when it was finally released, and let me tell you, it was entirely worth the wait. 

The project underwent a name change between its initial announcement and final release. The first part was retitled SYNTECH+ and includes original songs featuring the VOCALOIDs DEX, DAINA, MAIKA, AVANNA, and Hatsune Miku; the second part was retitled SYNTECH- and mostly features self-covers of songs from SYNTECH+ in addition to a few new tracks and remixes; and the entire project is collectively known as SYNTECH 0.

SYNTECH 0 is a glittering collection of highlights from Lupin’s discography that combines elements of EDM, J-Pop, and synth pop into a stunning body of work.

SYNTECH+ includes some of his most notable songs; including “Define Me”, “Pushing Daisies” with DAINA, and “Respire” with DEX; and the title track, “Someday You’ll Notice The Evening Colored Horizon”, perfectly captures the essence of the album. The VOCALOID version makes use of Hatsune Miku’s updated English voicebank from the VOCALOID4 era, and while a rather unexpected choice, it pays off beautifully, as her vocals, with the help of Lupin’s expert tuning, blend incredibly well with the instrumental. The song sounds like how ocean mist feels hitting your face — refreshing and full of flavor.

SYNTECH- is the perfect companion to SYNTECH+, with Lupin, who was once shy of singing in his works, proudly showcasing his vocal talent, especially on “By My Side”, a groovy synth bop about having to let go of someone you love in order to find love again.

Lupin has stated that, with the release of this project, he hopes Western VOCALOID music can impact the mainstream, and if any album could do it, it would be this one. SYNTECH 0 is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream SYNTECH+ on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4V7hny71eo3o7DpL9PByOi?si=3QvM96lNTvi0mYD4Z1tF6g 

Stream SYNTECH- on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3nZ6CQ3TFaUhFUGngoWZsi?si=qg0QZWIESyaWLLrtP51KRQ 

Watch the PV for “Someday You’ll Notice The Evening Colored Horizon”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DdavFz_y4w 

Watch the PV for “By My Side”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk0K53_UXQk