Mukei Spirit -Mugen Loop Remix-
Mukei Spirit -Instrumental-
1. Mukei Spirit
After two rather slow A-sides in “Honto da yo” and “EUPHORIA” it’s nice to see something upbeat return to Kou’s music. However, what happened with Mukei Spirit? The song sounds good since it’s pop/rock and all that but the verses sounds messy for some reason…kind of like Kou’s off on her own direction with the music going another. Though it cleans up for the bridge and chorus and that sounds really good…but it’s definitely no “lover soul”. Ehhh it’s alright but not all that good.
2. Genomi Chronicle
As for the B-side of the single, I was surprised to get something that was harder sounding than “Mukei Spirit”. I love the slight dark tinge that I get from the songs more electronic-defined sound. Kou’s vocals are under some filters which might be a dealbreaker for some listeners, but I actually didn’t mind this and felt this was the better song from the single.
3. Mukei Spirit -Mugen Loop Remix-
Wow, it’s been a while since we’ve had a remix on a single (last one was on “lover soul”). Anyway, the remix of the A-side takes the song into trance/club music and in some ways it feels kind of like Nakata’s work but somewhat edgier. Adding almost three minutes to the song really gives freedom to the remixer and for the most part it was good…but the ad-libbed parts really annoyed me after a while…but I think it did good overall.
I didn’t think Kou was actually going to pull off a single like this especially with how lowkey and soft the previous two singles were. Mukei Spirit might not be the best A-side she’s done but it reminds us that there’s a rocker in there. Genomi Chronicle however really gave us a treat with a mix of rock and electro and that’s always a good thing to see in an artist to delve into something new. Even the remix was oddly enough catchy enough for me that I’d listen to it over and over! Hmmm…I wonder what “wish” will turn out like….though I’d bet it’ll be another “EUPHORIA”.