- Mitsuba no Musubime
- Intention Propellant
- Mitsuba no Musubime <instrumental>
- Intention Propellant <instrumental>
- Unjour <instrumental>
Unlike Aqua Terrarium‘s guitar-centric mix, the new A-side Mitsuba no Musubime has a more standard instrumentation of piano, strings and synths. It works though. Everything about this song is gentle – Nagi’s soft ballad voice, the quiet guitar strums and the piano like trickling water. And all the components fit together smoothly. The backing vocals help build the dynamics before the chorus, and the chorus, which goes at a decent tempo, manages to feel natural and unrushed. Nagi’s lead vocals, while relaxed, never feel weak nor too strong, and her head voice is brilliant. I also like the change between the first and second set of verses. In the first set, the instrumentation is based around piano, with simple violin lines. In the second set, the strings take a lead role at first, and show off some of the most gorgeous trills I’ve ever heard. When I compare Mitsuba no Musubime to Aqua Terrarium, I prefer the latter, but Mitsuba is still a great track.
The next two songs, Intention Propellant and Unjour, are more a case of not matching my tastes than being “bad”. Intention Propellant is three and a half minutes of weirdness, led by oddly timed piano. The execution is good, with unique piano lines and a pitter-patter snare drum in the verse that isn’t too loud (which other songs suffer from). I find the effects-laden percussion in the chorus annoying, and there’s a pause that’s awkwardly stretched out about three-quarters of the way through, but apart from that it’s well-done. Just I don’t find it very interesting.
Unjour tones the weirdness down a notch. I enjoy the call-and-response between Nagi’s excellent singing and the playful synths, as well as the chilled “doo doo doos” in the background, but there’s nothing in this song that gets me excited. Well, except for the vocal quality.
In this release, only the A-side appealed to me, although the two coupling tracks had their moments. However, the B-sides aren’t out of the ordinary for Nagi, so you might enjoy them if you’re a fan of hers.
Rating: 3 stars