Kalafina – fairytale

June 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM | Posted in Kalafina | Leave a comment

Kalafina – fairytale

1. fairytale
2. serenato
3. sprinter ~instrumental~

fairytale is the third single by Japanese group Kalafina, released on December 24, 2008. The single reached #9 on the Oricon weekly charts and charted for six weeks, selling 20,252 copies.

fairytale sounds just like its title: like a fairytale world. Mostly the arrangement is very quiet with a lovely music box sound accompanied by some strings. WAKANA opens, and I really love her voice and the way she sustains her notes. I was surprised KEIKO got the second verse, but her low alto voice has its own charm. There’s not much going on in the song, but I must say I actually like the quiet and storybook-ish quality.

The harmonization at the beginning of serenato sounds very nasal to be honest, probably HIKARU. There’s a little more spice to this song than to fairytale, mostly because the girls’ singing is more dynamic, especially in the chorus, and there are more instruments in the arrangement. It was all plucked strings, but it evolved to be that together with soft kind of tribal percussion, electric guitars playing softly in the background and even a sitar (or something that sounds like it, but it’s pretty cool). There is a lot of tension in the song that holds my attention all the way.

Come to think of it, it isn’t a big surprise to me that this single was released around Christmas time, since Christmas has that magical feeling that fairytale had too. The title song was very peaceful, while serenato was more on the epic side (too bad for the nasal harmonization though, someone caught a cold or something? xD). I like both songs, but there wasn’t much of a balance on this single since we got two ballads here. But pretty ones.


4 stars


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