河西 智美「今さらさら」

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Kasai Tomomi ima sara sara Type A single with first press photo extra

I was a torn between choosing Kasai’s type B or A singles for “ima sara sara” and ended up going with the A type version as it included her exclusive mv making of footage and for a mv~junkie like myself it ended up being the only logical choice =). And if you’re a Kasai~♥ fan straight off I must express just how much of a must have single this one is!!!! And as I’ve been posting about her solo works since her debut, this now her fourth effort is really a total culmination of her maturing and coming into her own as a soloist and as you’ll hear in each of the songs to follow herein I’m sure you’ll agree that Kasai’s potential as a mainstream artist has just now been truly achieved in all aspects~. What I mean is that for some the transition from idol music to the mainstream contemporary is not always an easy shift, speaking in both styles and substance ….but for Kasai here I can really see and hear her potential root itself into a maturing genre as this entire single’s just so well done~.

~Kasai Tomomi’s “ima sara sara” single can be ordered @ Cdjapan

~Kasai Tomomi’s “ima sara sara” single can be ordered @ HMV Japan

The first press editions include an <-external photo extra while both A & B versions do include exclusive content DVDs as well as having exclusive coupling with songs also.

And speaking of those coupling with songs (aka b~sides =P ) the two tracks included with type A are absolutely no slouches~! as I’m declaring them each in their own right most capable of being A~sides without question and I’m actually going to begin with them here…

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~Kasai Tomomi “memory”~

“memory” is contemporary ballad~y pop perfection ~* with a most dreamy side within its melodies as Kasai’s gentle vocals along with those swaying strings and tiptoeing chimes make for a lovely lullaby~….a really beautifully performed and composed song and very adult contemporary, further moving away from Kasai’s idol music roots.

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~Kasai Tomomi “soredemo…”~

“Soredemo…” is a mid tempo pop tune which also holds a very adult contemporary feeling with a very lively pulse in both verse and chorus sections….including a most sweet bridge which interludes beautifully back to the chorus and it’s also notable just how well suited these songs are to Kasai’s range and tone fitting her pipes like a velvet glove as she also glides into a few notable highs here coming out of the bridge section~.

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~Kasai Tomomi “ima sara sara” (mv)~

It’s not too often that I feature a single’s title track last but that’s not to say anything down about “ima sara sara” as it truly rocks! and is truly the star of this release!! Here Kasai’s vocals are at their adorable best hitting those cutely piercing highs with her sweet touch of an ever so lightly nasally tone which is something I’ve always loved about her voice when she pushes it =). The brass ensemble is equally rockin’ as it acts as a main driving force behind the rhythmic melodies and talk about a boogie~down beat with dancing bass lines which have a notable inclining walk up the fret board during the chorus section VEry Cool!….“ima sara sara” is officially now my most favorite Kasai~♥ song as her young solo career is truly blossoming as she comes into her own as a capable soloist~.

If you place these three tracks upon your iPod or whatever i~Thingy you main own it’s like you can enjoy these in a continuous loop in repeat….as I have been for the past hour or so ….and now “memory” is playing once again~♥ ^^.

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~Kasai Tomomi “ima sara sara (making….)~

Even with the scenes which appear so simple in post production, here you can really see just how much time and effort and how much of a crew it truly takes to put it all together. Kasai’s pretty wonderfully loose too throughout the filming as neither weather nor pyrotechnics can bring her down =) …and you get little peeks at her humorous side here and there throughout …as this one’s overall a most enjoyable making of clip~!

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 And YES this entire single does indeed receive the ‘coveted’….

Maochans-Music-Seal-of-Approval_thumb.jpg..Maochan♥ Music Seal of Approval~ ^^!!

~ ❤ 。

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6 Responses to 河西 智美「今さらさら」

  1. philipleslie says:

    Three amazing songs. Yes, all potentially A-sides. Especially liked Memory, but Ima sarasara truly shows off Kasai’s voice: you feel those topmost notes of her range could might suddenly start to go all croaky or out of tune, but they don’t, and are perfectly held. She certainly has a fine and expressive voice. Loved the mv a lot. Thank you for your post. I may just have to add this CD to my shopping list.

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    • I love memory too!! It’s such a perfectly written ballad and you really feel a maturity in each of these songs as Kasai has certainly proven that she’s most capable of crossing over into mainstream pop….I mean her previous singles had been moving in this direction for sure but this single sounds so much more contemporary than anything she’s done before. I was watching a live performance and Kasai did pretty well too ….un she sure is pushing her vocals in ima sara sara! Yes I’d highly recommend it!!

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  2. philipleslie says:

    By the way, please could you clarify the meaning of 今さらさら。It seems さらさら can mean ‘silky’ as in ‘silky hair’, or ‘dry to the touch’ or even ‘murmuring’, but on Studio48, the title and first line is translated as ‘Now everything is clear’. Is this one of those phrases that don’t have an exact translation, but means the equivalent of ‘now everything is clear’? (It that makes sense.)

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