- KOKORO & KARADA
- Ningen Kankei No way way
- KOKORO & KARADA (Instrumental)
- LOVEpedia (Instrumental)
- Ningen Kankei No way way (Instrumental)
1. KOKORO & KARADA
Being shown off as early as the Fall tour (something that shared with “Hey! Unfair Baby” which isn’t on this single sadly enough), KOKORO & KARADA is definitely not a normal EDM track released by the group which has since grown 3 members in Homare Okamura, Rio Kitagawa, and Mei Yamazaki for the single! About the song, it’s quite a lot to take in with a mix of piano/strings and strong synths. Though I will say the way the track is laid out might be odd. I love the verses & pre-chorus, but the odd piano/strings breakdown and the chorus itself is a little going everywhere! Then the bridge going into 90’s trance was an odd move, but I think I’ve quickly gotten used to it. It’s got a LOT of good moments about it and seeing Fukuchan, Odasaku, and even Maachan lead has been kind of been interesting as of late. This has room to grow more and more with more listens!
The other A-sides are actually quite interesting that both share the same melody but have different lyrics and arrangements going on. Just from the title, I wasn’t surprised this was more of the cuter song of the two and it’s focused on the newer members which is a surprising move. That said, you get to hear a lot of Homare, Mei, Rio, Reina, Kaede, Akane, Chisaki, and even Miki here which is nice. I will say, Mei’s vocals are a little squeaky, but I approve so far!
3. Ningen Kankei No way way
With the 3rd A-side, I get a certain “Sukatto My Heart” and “Seishun Night” vibes with this one and yet has a bit more serious lyrics about it. Though vocally I’m noticing the vocals switched up to Maria, Mizuki, Sakura, Erina, Masaki, Ayumi, Reina, and Kaede, but it does seem all the members get something in this one but those are where the focuses are at. The song is pretty good, though it did leave me one question…why are they using the melody of “Turkey in the Straw” in the bridge, it kind of throws out the seriousness of the lyrics to be honest and just kind of feels off-putting to me, throw that out and the song is pretty nice.
For the group’s first single in 2020, I definitely feel like this was a pretty good start and kind of outranks anything they released the year previous to be quite honest. KOKORO & KARADA might take a few listens to get used to because it’s pretty messy and transitions are kind of all over, but I think it’s worth the listen while LOVEpedia and Ningen Kankei No way way was pretty interesting songs in the way they share melodies, but one is cute and the other is a smidge more serious. It’s a pretty good way to show off new members in both the 2nd/3rd A-sides (but also puts some spotlight in other members too).