May 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM | Posted in KOKIA | 3 Comments

2. Insonnia
3. KARMA (instrumental)
4. Insonnia (instrumental)

This is KOKIA’s 18th single and it was released on April 22, 2009. The single reached #45 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 4,293 copies. The title track was used as the opening theme song for the anime Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom-.

Like her last single Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi, which was also had an anime tie-in, KARMA was not released on her normal label Victor Entertainment. Now onto the review~
Damn, this song is CREEPY…but in a good way! The entire thing is just so unsettling and full of tension that it’s bound to give you the chills. The music comprises of a quiet, ambient sequence that includes the verses and a haunting chorus that is to die for. During the chorus, thudding beats and pounding strings make an appearance, creating a hair raising experience. Mix all of this with the insanely spooky vocals and adlibbing and you got yourself a work of art. To me, this is her most surprising song since Follow the Nightingale.

The B-side is a dreamy and very serene track. Insonnia has a soothing sound that utilizes gentle acoustics and breathy vocals. You can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this song is in Italian (“insonnia” is the Italian word for “insomnia” as well). In the end, despite the song’s overall simplicity, it is gorgeous. It makes for an excellent follow up to KARMA.

Overall Rating

5 stars



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  1. I thought this single from her was absolutely brilliant. @-@ Her music never seems to fail. xD

    KOKIA for life bbz.

  2. wow, great review!! i do wish she would make high quality music like this more often. while i did love the balance albums… i do miss the remember me styles alot. to me she doesn’t really to direct back vocals… which is what makes her music special. the vocal harmonies in her old songs are soo special i miss them!

  3. An amazing song is one that captures a listener and induces a trance through the rythems. It causes daydreams of weird scenes that provoke plastic emotions. I get lost in it, and I aint even Japanese… Haha.

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