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COLTEMÖNIKHA – COLTEMÖNIKHA 2 September 28, 2010

Filed under: COLTEMÖNIKHA — solarblade @ 4:03 am

Track Listing

  1. preparation
  2. Domino
  3. darkness rabbit
  4. Khanimotelco
  5. SLEEPING girl
  6. Scene Killer
  7. NAMAIKI
  8. NAMAIKI (extended mix)

1. preparation

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.

2. Domino

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. 

4. Khanimotelco

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. 

7. NAMAIKI

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…

 

COLTEMÖNIKHA – COLTEMÖNIKHA March 26, 2009

Filed under: COLTEMÖNIKHA — solarblade @ 12:25 am
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Track Listing

  1. fantastic fantasy
  2. Soratobu Hikari
  3. communication
  4. CLM
  5. Party Carronade
  6. Yum yum yummy
  7. Arikui Waltz

1. fantastic fantasy

Yeah, as much as I hate to say it…fantastic fantasy was definitly strange.  It seemed to stem off of capsule’s cute lounge sound they were utilizing at the time and Nakata incorporated in this song.  It’s strange because this would sound perfect in the Katamari games.  It isn’t bad, but it’s not worth repeating over and over as it gets a little too headachy.

2. Soratobu Hikari

Then we switch moods as Soratobu Hikari sounds like the Perfume/capsule of today.  Beginning with a catchy clapping beat, we enter the song with a pretty sweet mix of electic guitar and cuteness that doesn’t overflow.  Even singer Sakai Kate sounded good under the vocoder.  Actually to be quite honest, I consider this to be another one of Nakata’s masterpieces.

3. communication

I am always baffled by this track.  Sakai’s weird vocals with this mysterious sound just didn’t exactly connect fit.  The lyrics are also very strange.  Especially the English ones because they do not make sense at all.  To top it off, the song is repetitive and fails on many levels.  This could be the worst on the mini-album.

4. CLM

Our only interlude comes up next and it’s just as weird and mysterious as “communication” just a lot shorter.  The stock vocals that appear in the interlude spell out the group’s name which is odd, but I guess understandable, but would’ve made sense being at the front of the album.

5. Party Carronade

We finally return with something that’s a bit better than the other tracks.  Party Carronade definitly sounds like something Perfume would do, but oddly the song seems a little empty.  For a song to have a word like party, you’d think the song would be more fun, but it turns into something that lacked interest.

6. Yum yum yummy

Funny track name, Nakata returns to the lounge style again.  This time things aren’t as crazy like “fantastic fantasy” but once again the song seem to lack something important.  I love how the drums get gradually louder to get to a climax of sorts.  I don’t know…this song is kind of nice in a way.

7. Arikui Waltz

Interesting that the last track is actually as much a waltz as Nakata can go because the song has some interesting sounds.  I’m shocked to see something like this because I know Nakata has never made music in this style til now.  Anyways, Sakai once again fails to show any emotion, especially for a style like this…WTH

 

 

Nakata and Sakai’s first mini-album isn’t all that really.  I mean you hear a mix of the past and present styles Nakata is working with and even threw a surprise for us with Arikui Waltz.  Seriously, if you’re going to get this mini, just get it for Soratobu Hikari.