- 3cm Distance
- Sayonara Promenade
- runaway? (islandhouse remix)
- Ukiyo Disco (Inimma remix)
1. 3cm Distance
Opening the mini-album is the well lone digital single release and surprisingly, it feels like Saori had never left because the track is quite the electro sound that many fans were hoping she would keep intact after coming back from hiatus. The tune sounds pretty 80s to me and Saori’s vocals are still light and wispy, but feels right! It does remind me of something from her first album, “JAPANESE CHAOS” and I love it the most about it, even the dubstep parts add a nice level of depth.
I love that the next track has a lot of piano rolling around the arrangement, but feels like a stripped down “3cm Distance”, but it’s nothing bad. Sadly once the synths join in, it does become more of a clone that I was expecting which is slightly disappointing as this was being performed right around the same time she came back.
Next up, plan takes things into a funkier place with slap bass and some Daft Punk inluences. I like how light Saori is here as it lets the music kind of show off a bit more flair as she’s singing along. It’s a nice track overll, but it might be too laidback for some, actually it reminds me of some of the stuff that was on “PARK OF THE SAFARI” she did with Aira Mitsuki.
4. Sayonara Promenade
When it comes to our next track, I felt the arrangement was a bit abstract and a little sprinkly with the synths and such. I think this classifies as the slow song of the mini-album and while the mid-tempo beat is nice and Saori’s quiet vocals are nice, the melody is a bit too distracting. Not sure where I sit with this song currently.
At least the pace is brought back up with money which is a little more electro than most of the tracks. The beat is heavy and there’s some great moments that makes me think of the bigger songs that Saori had back in her D-TOPIA days. It’s the track that’ll get everyone dancing and I’m loving it the most about this track. Of the 5 original songs, it’s the best one.
6. runaway? (islandhouse remix)
So we get remixes to close out the mini-album starting with runaway? which I thought felt too much like “3cm Distance”, but the islandhouse remix fixes things up by going for more of a trance sound and I appreciate that quite nicely. I’m just surprised that I ended up loving the remix more than the original…
7. Ukiyo Disco (Inimma remix)
For me it’s rather strange that a remix of a song that hasn’t made a physical release makes the cut. I already did like the original version with the crazy synths abound, but the remix takes the tune in a more mysterious direction by once again focusing on trance and inducing some interesting melodies. I quite liked it as well and left me wanting more!
So to explain, after “×~PARK OF THE SAFARI”, Saori decided to go on hiatus in 2012 and it seems in that time D-TOPIA was falling apart (with Aira also going on hiatus), so when Saori announced her return to music in 2014 a lot of her fans were mad excited and with Thanks, it feels like she never left and her sound is so much stronger than before (even if she’s not a major label artist anymore). Also, this release is odd because it was a venue-only release, so for many, people will want to hear “NOSTALGY” first as it’s available for everyone! As for this one, Thanks was pretty solid and a nice return from her break!