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Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

16 Feb 2018

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This sounds not a damn thing like anything else I've heard released in recent memory. What a voice and curiously produced. This is either going to make lots of sense or none at all, but I can see this soundtracking French anime.

This sounds not a damn thing like anything else I've heard released in recent memory. What a voice and curiously produced. This is either going to make lots of sense or none at all, but I can see this soundtracking French anime.

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