- Sakura Harahara
- Joshi Shelter
- Watashi (Instrumental)
- Sakura Harahara (Instrumental)
- Joshi Shelter (Instrumental)
As the leading track of the single, Watashi is actually quite nice and something that just isn’t a total balad, but something more along the lines of an upbeat tune. It’s been a while since I’ve heard Ai-chin sounding like something from her first three albums. I do think the best part of the song is its choruses where the beat takes over and the tune goes to an fun and upbeat area. Maybe not her most striking A-side, but it’s pretty good!
2. Sakura Harahara
Our next track, I have to say was something I wasn’t expecting with a spacey arrangement and is that pan flute I hear in different places on top of small snippets of shimasen? Yeah, the tune is a laidback kind of mid-tempo ballad that throws in some Japanese folk instruments to spice things up. It’s a slick song and probably my favorite of the single!
3. Joshi Shelter
Though I feel like the other B-side of the single is more like leftovers from “LOVE TRiCKY” due to its dance-centric arrangement, but at the same time, it does feel a little different from her recent happening since it has chanting and it’s got a pretty cool arrangement to add to the dance beats. Definitely another favorite of the single.
After taking another small break, Ai-chin returns with Watashi and she hasn’t missed a beat as the whole single is very enjoyable to listen to. Watashi might not be the star of the single, but this is a decent A-side and really makes up for some of her past singles that I wasn’t quite into (plus it does remind me of old Ai-chin music). Sakura Harahara & Joshi Shelter though were the surprises as both just are unique and really brought back the Ai-chin that takes risks in her music. With an album coming next, I’m kind of excited to see where her sound rounds up to!