Ai to Hate
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Nana Kitade last and she returns with a new band and kicks things off with Swallowtail which sounds kind of like a gothic jazz tune (strange right?). Since it’s been a while since we’ve heard Nana last her vocals haven’t really phased since the hiatus so that’s good or bad (depending on if you like her or not). She sounds mysterious under the arrangement and it gives a pretty good performance and the guitars add a little more creepy than normal. Good start!
2. Ai to Hate
The title track of the mini comes up next and gets even more sinister and freakier (especially in the arrangement). It’s got a strange tempo going for it and Nana starts singing with filters but lets up on it but slowly goes back into it again before the chorus. I remember the chorus the most since Nana repeats ~I hate you~ over and over. It does come off as slightly messy, but still not too bad but oddly short at three minutes
We go from the shortest song on the mini to the longest at 6 minutes with Gensoumamire which could be best described as a ballad. I actually liked her vocals in the song oddly enough and she sounds light and lonely with the arrangement at the beginning and gets stronger when more instruments enter the tune. I like how dramatic it gets actually and it doesn’t sound half bad tbh!
No, it’s not an homage to that group of dancers that we Americans know XD. I think of all the songs on the mini, Jabberwocky is the strangest sounding of the five. The beginning sounds so odd and foreboding with distant guitar chords and some other small blips of sounds. Nana seems to be using more of a cute voice for this one, but she’s also yelling a lot of the song as well which surprised me. I’m not really sure how to feel for the song, but it’s definitely original lol.
5. Snow Hell
Closing things out is Snow Hell and I’d say it’s fitting to do that since it’s slow and even slower to move through it. Nana is also changing her vocal style to more of a whisper which is alright and after a while her and the song builds a little but cools down quickly after. I kind of got bored midway through the song unfortunately since it didn’t really move anywhere else.
It’s been over two years since we’ve heard Nana last and I actually enjoyed “Bondage” for the most part. Since then she quit going solo and started a band called Loveless through it. Even though it took them a while to finally release this mini-album they sound kind of experimental but there’s slivers of rock still in their music. It’s an interesting taste from this band and I can see them working the kinks from this and gettin better. Nana and her vocals are a bit more solid though I will say and that’s good!