KOKIA – Ai no Melody / Cyouwa oto ~with reflection~July 1, 2007 at 10:27 AM | Posted in KOKIA | 2 Comments
1. Ai no Melody (original ver.) (愛のメロディー)
2. Cyouwa oto ~with reflection~
(調和 oto ～with reflection～)
3. Ai no Melody (soundtrack ver.)
4. Ai no Melody (instrumental)
This is KOKIA’s 14th single and it was released on January 1, 2006. The single reached #30 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 9,142 copies. Both A-sides were used in the movie Giniro no Kami no Agido, the first track being the ending theme and the second being the opening theme.
I’ll begin this review with the original or ’single version’ of Ai no Melody. It is an incredibly pretty song that mixes the piano, strings, and several synthetic sounds including a light percussion beat. Even though many of these sounds are synthetic, they sound quite natural and ambient. KOKIA’s vocals are beautiful throughout the entire song, especially during the acapella sequence during the bridge.
The 2nd track is a new version of a song that appeared on her 2nd studio album trip trip. Cyouwa oto ~with reflection~ is a very odd song, but in a good way. KOKIA sings the song using the shima-uta vocal style, which involves a ‘breaking’ of the voice. Shima-uta is a vocal style that you normally hear in traditional Japanese enka songs. The song becomes even stranger around a minute and a half into it when KOKIA begins to recite the numbers 3, 25, 15, 21, 23, and 1. The numbers correspond to the English alphabet and they form the Japanese word ‘cyouwa’ in Romaji. At this point, the Japanese lyrics are sung backwards. It’s an unbelievable song and definitely worth a listen.
The next track is the soundtrack version of Ai no Melody. The biggest difference are the longer instrumentals and a redone bridge (which also contains more lyrics), so it is more than a minute longer than the original. This version of the song appears during the ending credits of Giniro no Kami no Agido as well as its soundtrack.