Shimotsuki Haruka – Griotte no Nemurihime

After much expectation, here comes her new album, Griotte no Nemurihime. A RPG-story-style fantasy album — yes, it will remind you of Sound Horizon, except without all those narrations and sounds a lot more… acceptable/beautiful/your-word-of-choice. 😛 Let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. Horobiru no Ri
2. Kienai Kakera
3. Erabareta Tami
4. Ohimesama to Doukeshi
5. Buchi no Oukoku
6. Hitori Yume
7. Sora Watashi
8. Kizuna no Hana
9. Shuuen no Koku he
10.Hane ni Sugaru Mono
11.Kooru Sekai
12.Gyaku Mawari no Inochi
13.FEL FEARY WEL.

You think that would be the tracklist, but actually, it’s not. Let’s take a look at the real tracklist:

1. Horobiru no Kotowari
2. Kienai Uta
3. Erabareta Tami
4. Ohimesama to Doukeshi
5. Madara no Kuni
6. Hitori Yume
7. Sora Watashi
8. Tsunagari no Hana
9. Owari no Toki he
10.Hane ni Sugaru Mono
11.Kooru Sekai
12.Gyaku Mawari no Inochi
13.FEL FEARY WEL.

If you still can’t figure out why the track titles are romanized that way after listening to the whole album, hop onto our IRC channel and ask me.

Edit on 4/30/2010: apparently according to Shimotsukin in her concert on 11/23/2009, track 5’s title should be “Madara no Oukoku”. She did sing it as “Kuni” though in the lyrics. Same for track 2’s title, it should be “Kienai Kakera”, while in the lyrics she sang it as “Uta”. Oh well.

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KOTOKO’s 4th Album – Epsilon no Fune

After almost 3 years, KOTOKO has put out this new album, Epsilon no Fune. Majority of the songs are upbeat ones as you can expect, however there is one comparatively slow song, namely “scene”. There is also an English song which she performed together with Kazuya Takase, who wrote “Real Onigokko”, “Hayate no Gotoku!”, and “BLAZE”, etc. Let’s take a look at the full tracklist:

1. Δ -Epsilon-
2. Real Onigokko
3. -∞-DRIVE
4. scene
5. Ame to Guitar
6. Genkai Daha
7. Monera no Kizuna
8. Hayate no Gotoku!
9. RI←SU→KU
10.HELLION
11.Geoglyphs
12.BLAZE
13.LITTLE BABY NOTHING

Overall it’s a pretty satisfying album (that’s a very high compliment, by the way. I didn’t really expect much from KOTOKO lately, but this album impresses me), however I do have one big complaint: since there’s “BLAZE”, why there’s no “Sociometry”? It’s one of KOTOKO’s best songs as of late, and they just had to leave it out! I’m truly, truly disappointed at whoever made/didn’t make that decision. They did redeem it though by including the special CD of “Hitorigoto”, which features the 2009 version and 2001 original version.

Finally, the PV of the cover song, “Δ -Epsilon-“:

New Background Music

For all the asians, how was your mid-autumn festival? For me, it wasn’t quite what I expected, but it turned out to be a nice memory anyway. October is a pretty exciting month, having the mid-autumn festival that just passed, end-of-month halloween, a lot of birthdays, and for Canadians their thanksgiving is coming up too next week. With all the fun, you might want to sit down and relax a bit in between. If you do, this month’s BGM will be a perfect choice. Click “Background Music” on the right under the link section to listen to it now.