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Perfume again, naturally May 1, 2010

Posted by ayasawada in Music.
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A quick shout out for the new Perfume single, which I finally received my limited edition first-press copy of (slightly delayed in the post due to volcanic ash).

Their first new single in over a year, it’s a double A-side from the girls and both totally outstanding songs. I’m leaning more towards 不自然なガール (Unnatural Girl) as my favourite, but ナチュラルに恋して (Naturally in Love) is really perfect for a sunny spring day ^^.

Both the PVs are excellent, with the usual Perfumeography. But I prefer the ナチュラルに恋して one here, if only for its imaginative use of a conveyor belt.

I also got the new Rie Fu album, At Rie Sessions, in my YesAsia order. Am still in two minds about it. Rie’s voice is spectacular as always and all the songs are interesting collaborations with people like YUI. Each is really nice, but I’m not completely taken with any one of them yet. Then again, I’m starting to enjoy it more through headphones bouncing around the streets than through speakers at home. It might well grow into my summer album.

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Rie Fu – Romantic November 24, 2008

Posted by ayasawada in Music, Video.
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Romantic cover

Romantic cover

Along with the new Yui album, I also ordered the first press of Rie Fu’s new single.

Romantic is totally unlike her other songs, with Rie’s vocals mixed with synthetic beats and no clear beginning, middle and end. It’s essentially quite a modern track and a step away from the acoustic ballads she’s known for, though apparently it’s a cover. Here’s the video:

It’s a perfectly amicable song, very dreamy, and does grow on you after a few listens. But it’s not really  outstanding and I certainly don’t love it as much as her last single, Home, which was typically catchy, though so wholesome you could have made brown bread out of it.

The B-sides on Romantic though, are typically good. In fact, I totally love the second track, In the airplane, which mixes Rie’s upbeat vocals with some modern harpsichord (I think) for a really catchy, sunshine of a song. I want to upload it here for you to listen to, but haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet ^^; (need to ID a place to host audio files). UPDATE 22/2/09: Here’s the song. Enjoy!