I get an interesting feel when I listen to Transparent which as an eerie glow that almost sounds like VGM music in the beginning which was the first thing that caught my attention. I will say that since it’s the A-side placed between “KARMA” and “Fate” it’s just a little strange to not see the vocal layering here. I will say that the glow of the song made me enjoy it but damn…could you have redone the chorus where it isn’t ~transparent, transparent, transparent…etc.~. Otherwise, it’s not bad but definitely the weakest of the “pieces” era.
As for the B-side I thought it sounded a little R&B-ish in the first few seconds before KOKIA comes in ad-libbing. It does seem a little more spooky than “Transparent” but at the same time it has a really nice icy glow to it that actually pulled me in quite quickly. It kind of moves like a snail, but that’s alright since I’m entranced by her dreamy and magical vocals lol.
To me of the three singles released for the era, Transparent is the weakest one, but it does have the best B-side simple because Chinmoku really took me to a different place with its cold and moving piece. Transparent would’ve been alright if it wasn’t for the icky chorus…still both tracks are on the album soooo xD