NAMAIKI (extended mix)
Beginning the mini-album, preparation is a quick intro to the mini-album and it has a weird melody that sounds like it would be nice to have in a Final Fantasy game. I can’t explain what the instrument is…but it’s like harpischord, synth, and plucked strings…it’s an odd combo…still it opens the mini nicely.
As our first song, Domino sounds like a lot of what MEG sounds like today since it’s light and has similar instruments and such. Actually, it reminds me of “PRECIOUS to be more exact. Since Sakai’s vocals aren’t as vocodered as the previous mini-album, it’s a nice change and good to hear her sing a bit more to something that’s more like Nakata’s style now. I like the deeper synth lines though…it’s definitely a good start!
3. darkness rabbit
At least we don’t copy that because darkness rabbit takes a more loungey sound for its composition and it’s definitely not a style you really hear from Nakata anymore. There’s a lot of instrumental parts and not enough Sakai in the song, but it’s definitely sounds like a great song to drive to at night.
As the interlude of the mini-album, Khanimotelco is a bit strange as an interlude since the arrangement sounds so amateurish and Sakai isn’t really providing much besides repeating the title over and over and she’s like really trying to pronounce it right too XD
5. SLEEPING girl
I guess we needed another lighthearted song I guess huh. SLEEPING girl is kind of catchy in a way since Sakai’s vocals are pretty much Nakata’s vocoder slave in this song. It’s a bit classy for a song and it has a pretty good rhythm to it. It might be my favorite off the mini-album, but it’s in no way better than let’s say “Soratobu Hikari”.
6. Scene Killer
I was hoping for a harder track from Nakata’s arrangements and yet Scene Killer turns out to be the ballad of the mini-album and we all know techno-ballads aren’t always up to snuff and Scene Killer is not exception. I do like that it’s pretty much different from anything he’s done since there’s bongos, and synth playing in the background to fit with Sakai’s more serious vocals.
A lot of people usually associate COLTEMÖNIKHA with this song since it’s the only song in the discography that has another version of it. NAMAIKI sounds good and upbeat and once again reminds me of what MEG sounds like when she joined Nakata. Sadly, it does kind of seems very boring nowadays…but I think the bass lines in it were sweet additions.
8. NAMAIKI (extended mix)
Of course being said, NAMAIKI gets extented about an extra four minutes to seem more club-friendly. In my opinion, Nakata really made this seem longer than it should have and it makes me kind of enjoy the original cut a lot more. At least there’s some different movements to the vocals and such and I would’ve liked some parts from the extended version in the original.
Since I guess this is the final release from Nakata and Sakai, COLTEMÖNIKHA 2 is kind of lacking when compared to the first one since there wasn’t much of anything to make me think that Nakata was pushing lines unlike the first one. It’d be nice to see the duo get together for a third try, but it’s been way too long and contemode ceases to exist anyways…