Koi wa Zenkei Shisei
Sweet Refrain -Original Instrumental-
Koi wa Zenkei Shisei -Original Instrumental-
1. Sweet Refrain
I didn’t know what was going on when Perfume announced a new song before “LEVEL3” had released and I kind of had some weird thoughts about how it would turn out. As I listened to the song, it did kind of reminded me of some MEG tunes, but Nakata threw in some dubstep wubs that almost kind of has this “Invader Invader” groove but keeps the group going. Sadly, the song just doesn’t do anything for me, but I’m not exactly sure why because it sounds like it’d be something I’d be into…but I think 8-note piano melody just kind of gets boring and lets Nakata just throw all his production all over the place…I do think the dubstep doesn’t really fit either >.>.
2. Koi wa Zenkei Shisei
I was hoping the B-side would do something more and compared to most of the B-sides from the “LEVEL3” era, this actually was a nice change of pace…but in that respect, the song feels more like an album song from “JPN” so it does drag for me towards the later half. I also can’t help but think of this as a faster “Macaroni” with its presentation. It’s nice and all, but I don’t think I’ll remember it in the long run.
Not even 2 months and we’re already getting a new Perfume single and I can’t help but feel that this single was a bit rushed. Sweet Refrain tried to do something fresh by incorporating dubstep alongside the fairy-esque arrangement but it was a mess IMO and I just couldn’t into it after the PV came out. Koi wa Zenkei Shisei is a bit better to be honest and that didn’t need the tweaks the A-side had, but I feel like both of these songs were just “LEVEL3” rejects almost >.<