Just released on June 24th!! Kago Ai is finally back into the music scene releasing her very first solo effort which teams her with one of Japan's most accomplished composer/ producers in Nakanishi Keizo!
There's definitely a maturity to speak of in listening to both tracks which Aibon penned lyrics for both…and in particular with the coupling with song♪♪ "Children of the night" where much of the song is dominated with English lyrics~. A yearning and shining of *hope* glitters in her writing and with all of the life lessons and experiences Aibon has gone through from such an early age till now….surely a lot of which is read into her words can be without doubt be attributed to such experiences and pressures brought upon her in both joy and facing the ups and downs with consequences of life~.
Vocally Aibon still engulfs that wonderful youthfulness which H!P fans of long have embraced through her time in both Momusu and alongside long time partner in crime..(pun intended please don't throw tomatoes! XD) Nono. Much of the title track takes me back to Aibon's solo recording of Momusu's "Dadidudedodadi"…not in melody but rather in its rich and bright flavor along with that oh so unique voice which is unmistakable. The child inside of the woman which we now see before us is all grown up, but much of the aura of this feel good release still resides back there and it's a most welcome listening~.
Both tracks are composed with a folk/rock flavor to them with distinct undertones of optimism and Aibon's writing really benefits and collaborates well with Nakanishi's music expertise as both tracks sound rather like those of longtime pairings giving this debut a both memorable and highly impressionable sound. One cute little thing that I get a kick out of is Aibon's sweet interlude which occurs midway through "Children of the night"…all spoken in English, here she once again sounds so childlike that for a tiny instant one can imagine her once again as both a symbol of innocence in a time when Momusu was so different…unflappable without need for reform~.
The first pressing's liner notes are in the form of a special 12 page color photo booklet and definitely worth getting!! Just as in her debut pv the photography captures both her youth and maturity in seamless states….all very gorgeous.
the voice that always could