Last year Christmas arrived two days early as L’arc~en~ciel’s yet again return from hiatus presented fans with a shiny brand new single! “Wings Flap” was released in multiple versions including this <~~ awesome LP sized Limited Edition!!!!
Sure much of the younger generations never got to experience the unique pleasure of browsing record store shelves filled with LPs and while I was born in the 80’s I did get a glimpse of the tail end of the LP era as it once stood as the dominant music format, albeit I was quite young back then. You see there’s simply nothing as beautiful as full sized LP releases and particularly when they’re the opening gatefold style, the album’s artwork screams and really dazzles as it’s seen vividly in this large scale release format!
So when L’arc~en~ciel announced a Limited Edition LP sized release offering for their latest single it was a total no-brainer to go after it during pre-orders and to put it lightly it absolutely delivered!!!!!!!! You can get the visual disc on either gorgeous Blu-ray or DVD!
For starters everything is gorgeously glossy and while the jacket’s outer covers are pretty mesmerizing from an artistic standpoint…. an opening of the gatefold style jacket reveals the guys of L’arc~en~ciel in all of their majestic-rock glory!~!!!! Hair, wardrobes, accessories all scream rock~n~roll heaven and if that’s not enough of an eye~candy thrill for ya! …then there is also the inclusion of a full LP-sized all color booklet as well!! Not to mention two very cool sheets of L’arc~MONEY stickers =)! Even both picture labeled discs come presented up a pretty nicely designed insert!
Before getting to the heart of this single, here’s a quick look at its LE booklet:
(note: Being LP-sized equals a booklet much too large for the scanner so I took snapshots of the booklet instead)
~The L’arc~en~ciel “Wings Flap” LE booklet~
~L’arc~en~ciel “Wings Flap” (MV)~
The entire video’s production slithers between dreamlike and surreal as the post production lighting and CGs will further tickle your imagination here. The deep contrast in coloring of the band members wardrobes and instruments versus their wide open desert backdrop make each and very second of this MV art-frame worthy as the visual artistry here is as dynamic as they come…. as the song’s mid-tempo groove is pure signature HYDE at his rock~iest BEST!!!! HYDE’s vocals have always had this soothing effect on me as his both his tone and phrasing are unique to music as is everything about L’arc~en~ciel and as they always have this way of vanishing away from us, we’ll no doubt welcome back each drop of notes they offer us from time to time with open arms ^^*.
~L’arc~en~ciel Wings Flap Live 2015
Here you get an awesome look @ the L’ArCASINO stage in all of its vivid glory!! And in front of a jam packed audience the L’arc~guys give a energized performance of the title track “Wings Flap” ….and something must be said of HYDE’s makeup and hairstyling as it’s most alluringly sexy!!!! A~h! So love his voice!!!!!
~Live 2015 L’ArCASINO -Opening Animation-~
Large arena concerts these days more often than not feature gigantic video screens which further enhances the live experience for particularly those in the far away seating and a lot of times there’s an opening or mid-concert VTR presentation. L’arc~en~ciel’s “L’ArCASINO” 2015 tour featured a very cool animated opening which led right into each show’s opening song, and happily two versions are included on the Blu-ray/DVD disc ^^.
~~Live 2015 L’ArCASINO -Opening Animation-