Lamiya (ラミヤ) performed for the first time on 31 March 2017 and immediately released their first single, titled Lamiya. This makes the Visual Kei band brand new and pretty green behind the ears. The band consists of singer Siyu, guitarists n and Yu, and drummer Reito. Almost a year later, the band comes with a mini-album, Marionette Overture. One of the songs on this release, Puppet, got its own music video.
If you are familiar with the previous music video of the band, escort, then you will hear and see a clear metamorphose of Lamiya. The band knows, as befits a Visual Kei band, how to change the appearance of the various band members to fit the song, yet the look remains dark. The long hair of singer Siyu has disappeared and the drummer has a clownish look that fits perfectly with the title of the song.
The structure of the music video is simple with a focus on the band. Because of certain scenes in the video – in which the band members pretend to be a doll – it makes you think that the band had invented a storyline, but didn’t go through with it in the end. The result is a music video in which the band is mainly seen in band formation in a room that is reminiscent of a work or study room, because of the decoration of the space. What the chandelier does in this space is a mystery. Later the band seems to have been moved to the other side of the room, which is completely white in terms of decoration.
The feeling that the melody in Puppet gives is like being at a circus and dancing a waltz, in this case with a very modern touch. In any case, it ensures that you automatically swing on the melody.
No room for grunting in Puppet, it would only be out of place in the song. In exchange there is the diversity in vocals to hear from Siyu and that is quite a good deal. It takes you in tow from the beginning of the song, in which Siyu plunges into the chorus without a break and adjusts the pitch of his voice from high to low with ease. And that is something that certainly needs to get a spotlight, it gives a very good impression of the singer’s ability. Be careful that you as a listener don’t get out of breath.
The result of the interplay of the vocals and instruments is a sweet small song with a mysterious edge. The latter is something that Lamiya seems to be good at. The music video only reinforces because the band members show a spectacle of their own ability and person, but a storyline had definitely been the icing on the cake.