Hare Tokidoki Kumori
Hare Tokidoki Kumori (Backing Track)
1. Hare Tokidoki Kumori
As the A-side I was happy to see that they added a little more spice with this track with brass and more of a mid-tempo feel to it. I hate to say that Takuya’s nasally style of singing does hinder the song a little bit and like “Saigo no Hi” it does drag a little bit especially passed the halfway point. Some parts also include Shintarou singing along with Takuya and they make a great duo. At least I remember the melody of this one unlike “Saigo no Hi”.
2. Ishikoro Days
Just seems like I’ve been enjoying the duo’s B-sides in this era and it continues with Ishikoro Days which actually has a stronger acoustic pop/rock melody and Takuya doesn’t sound as off as in the last song. Even though it’s longer than the A-side, it’s a lot better and I felt this should’ve been the lead song since there’s so much going on in the tune.
3. Gareponku (Instrumental)
I keep finding myself weirded out by Sukima’s 2nd B-sides. Their last one, “Human relations” was really strange and just didn’t make sense to me but this single has an instrumental with Gareponku. Unlike the other songs on the single this feels like a beta version of a song that could be complete because there’s a melody and a chorus heard in it. Musically, it’s just awesome and I really want this to be a vocal song in the future!
I’m not sure whether or not this single beats out “Ice Cream Syndrome” in best of the “musium” era. I think Ishikoro Days and the instrumental, Gareponku was great songs and shows the best of the duo….Hare Tokidoki Kumori though just kind of reminds me of their last A-side…not amazing but ehhh.