ayaka – NijiiroJuly 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM | Posted in ayaka | Leave a comment
ayaka – Nijiiro
3. Nijiiro (Instrumental)
4. Gensoukyoku (Instrumental)
Nijiiro is the fifteenth single by Japanese singer ayaka and the third under her own independent label A stAtion. The single was released on June 18, 2014 and peaked at #3 on the Oricon Charts. The title song was used as the theme song for the TV drama series ‘Hanako to Anne’.
Nijiiro is such a lighthearted and uplifting song, not really a Summer song but more of a Springtime tune. ayaka took a more laidback approach for this one with a lot of strings, piano and some brass instruments, sometimes even a flute comes in. The beginning of the song was a little quircky, and that vibe stays throughout the song, but I actually like it! Ofcourse ayaka’s vocals are the best that ever happened to J-pop in general so I’m enjoying myself with this.
As for the B-side, Gensoukyoku sounds more like other songs I’ve been used to hear from ayaka when it comes to the style of the music. To balance the single, this song is a soft ballad with strings and piano, giving it an emotional touch as ayaka’s strong voice sings the chorus. I love the soft percussion mixing in later, not too intrusive and giving the song just the right spark. Maybe this is indeed the better song on the single, but both are perfect so I’m not complaining a bit.