You & I (Japanese Version)
You & I (Japanese Version) [FPM TECHNORCHESTRA MIX] (Limited A only)
You & I (Instrumental)
1. You & I (Japanese Version)
Another Korean turned into Japanese track huh? I have to say for what I got from “Good day”, You & I is a lot more interesting and brings out IU’s colors a lot more her and I found that to be great. It’s a bit more K-pop vibed but the use of strings pulled me into it quite nicely and she’s taking more risks with her voice here. I really enjoyed the song and the dramatics worked better!
2. Shounen Jidai
I was really surprised that IU would actually make the B-side an actual cover of a Yosui Inoue song. As such, the tune is a lot lighter (but then again, it is a ballad lol). It’s a simple song with just acoustic guitar, piano, and strings and IU’s light vocals and I kind of liked it here despite the music not really entrancing me. It sounds heartful though and she gave a solid performance here.
3. You & I (Japanese Version) [FPM ELECTRORCHESTA MIX]
The final track is something new to IU in Japan and that’s a remix from Tomoyuki Tanaka aka FPM. The song is given a cool touch of electronica and added a bit of a fluttery arrangement with the strings here and I kind of really liked this remix. Definitely suited the lyrics nicely and just impressed me.
IU’s second single in Japan, You & I did a lot better as a release than “Good day” did since all three tracks are quite nice tunes. You & I sticks out a lot more than her last A-side because of the stronger arrangement and overall better performance. Shounen Jidai is a worthy cover but it’s a bit typical of a ballad (you know, the usual suspects of one). I will say check out the remix of You & I because it sounds REALLY pretty!