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THE VELVET - 「愛憎倒錯遊戯」

 

 


Don't feel like going to bed yet although it's late, so I'll spend some time talking about THE VELVET's new single 愛憎倒錯遊戯 (aizou tousaku yuugi). Was busy yesterday when it was officially released, and didn't buy it during the presale at last week's live as I wanted the CD store privileges. So I stopped by a few stores this afternoon (Had to wait almost three hours for Jishuban to finish their instore events) 

 

The single contains two of their newer songs (They still have several old songs that they play live but haven't released yet): the title track and SORROW. Again there are some differences from the songs I'm used to hearing live. I like the little intro they added to Aizou; creates an atmosphere rather than going straight into the song. Upon the first couple of listens it felt like they dulled it down a bit too much compared to how they play it live, but it's grown on me really quickly so I don't think that'll affect the amount of time I spend listening to it (I tend to skip Crybaby exactly because I like the live version so much better). But unfortunately they cut Bera's vocal parts again for this song... I'd like to hear his voice too, and MiMi isn't shouting anything for those parts either, so it definitely feels like something missing. But that won't be a problem if you're one of the many who never heard the song before. And at least I can clearly hear the guitar throughout the entire CD. And they also added some extra guitar in there which isn't possible to do live (It would require Bera to play two different guitars at the same time). I kinda wish they'd release instrumental versions of their songs too once in a while.

SORROW is my favourite of the two. I was surprised to see it included on the release as it's a really new song, and MiMi hadn't even confirmed the name of it (Only said that "SORROW" was the tentative title). I think the main reason I like it is because it has both a nice melody and variety (and it's their first and only song to have sakudai as part of the furi...) And it sounds like the version I'm used to, so I won't complain about that.


Some photos that came with the CD at Jishuban and Like An Edison:
 


The various pics of MiMi and Bera feeding cake to each other made me laugh. Hope they did more silly stuff like that for photosets sold at future lives. But the solo shots are good. I like the clothes they're using; nice and simple. There was a bit of a polkadot overload going on with some of the previous outfits. And MiMi's bunny doll is cute. Although I do hope they took some pictures without cake smeared all over their faces too ^^; And I think I prefer their hair like this. They're experimenting a lot with that on stage, but I think just leaving it simple like this suits them.

Closet Child's version came with a comment CD. Which looks charmingly home-made: 
 

 


He's just cut one of their flyers into (uneven) pieces and glued it all together? x)
It's supposed to be a comment CD where both members comment on the two songs - which as always ended up being MiMi babbling away and Bera occasionally going "Yeah" when MiMi asks if he agrees, lol. I wish it was easier to hear what they were saying. As with their previous comment CD, it sounds like they recorded it on a laptop (which I assume is what they did). I can hear most of what MiMi's saying, but Bera's mumbling is too low a couple of places. I'll try listening to it again later and see if I can catch the missing parts.



Only two months left until their next release! :D Hopefully they'll announce the tracklist soon. I'm still hoping to have studio version of Seijaku and Mayonaka no Circus available for regular listening sometime this year (Though I doubt the latter will be included; they only play that one at their sponsored events and it's a little shorter than their other songs. But it would make a perfect intro song for a mini-album).


 

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zeldana
Jan. 15th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'll have to share my opinions on the single, too, but I think a nap is in order first... I didn't sleep at all last night. ;o;

Thanks for the privilege images! I went ahead to picked up the single when I could, otherwise I would've missed it. Great timing on both our parts for that, haha.

(And that's it, I totally need a polka-dotted icon of some sort. Also, speaking of polka dots, I found a random dress in my closet that's full of them. White on black. Why on Earth did I not take it with me? XD It's not floofy at all, quite the contrary, so it wouldn't have taken up much space and could have been layered quite a bit, lol. Next time...)
chounohana
Jan. 15th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe you'll be able to give a slightly less biased opinion of it. It's impossible for me to not keep hearing the "original" version of the songs when listening to the single.
There was D stuff everywhere in those shops when I went there yesterday. Videos and music blasting from TV screens and speakers. Wish you could have stayed a couple of extra days to catch that D:

I was only planning on getting the CD at Jishuban, but since they were busy with events, I wandered into the neighbouring stores. And I had to get the CD at Raika when I saw the silly cake eating x)

Well, then you don't have to worry about planning an outfit for next time :D
zeldana
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
omg your icon. X)

Upon first listen I liked SORROW quite a bit more than aizou tousaku yuugi, but it's growing on me a lot, too.

The only thing that bugs me about SORROW is the beginning. It's more pop-rock than what I was hoping I would hear, but the rest of the song picks up and gets better. And MiMi's has a pretty vibrato. :D

Stripper hasn't been released yet, has it?
chounohana
Jan. 18th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Stripper is one of the unreleased songs. It was the song they did before the live actually started not too long ago, when the sound check turned into a real melody at a recent live. MiMi wasn't checking any instrument, so it was Bera who suddenly started singing behind the curtain, lol.
mina_cross
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
That sounds great! Do they have many unreleased songs they play live? Would be nice if Bera would do those vocals on studio version, though.

Big lol at the photos, again. XD It must've been MiMi's idea, huh? And that's your tie on Bera again, isn't it? He seems to like it, so why not use it on lives too? Hmm...

Comment from both of them sounds... funny! lol Bera needs to start talking more, imo.

Random question... there is this band that supposedly played on some event with AC, Orochi. Any chance you might remember them? :/ I'm kinda curious how are they live, since they'll be coming here in April and almost no one heard of them before, but are going anyway. lol They mix their music with traditional and wear yukatas (I think), from what I've gathered...
chounohana
Jan. 16th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
They have several unreleased songs, including two of my favourites. There are enough songs for that mini-album, so I wish they'd consider doing that after the single in March. But at least the wait between that and this month's release is short :)

I'm sure they had a lot of fun with taking those photos. MiMi posted an off-shot photo of himself in his ameblo after eating the entire piece of cake.
The tie was given to MiMi, so they might think it weird that Bera would use it regularly at lives? I don't care though.

Bera's never been the talkative type when it comes to those sort of things. But when talking to fans, he's much better at that than MiMi... They both have their talkative and silent moments, but in different situations.

Yeah, I know Orochi. I like their music and the mix of traditional sounds, and wish they'd play with the bands I follow more often (I don't really have time to go to other random lives). You could try talking to the vocalist on ameba btw. He's welcoming conversation, and his English should be good enough for you to understand each other.
mina_cross
Jan. 16th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
I thought your favourite was RIDE ON ME? Apparently not, lol.

MiMi posted it? I hope there wasn't a lot of cake all over him, hahaha. XD

I see... But what do you mean that he's better at talking to the fans? I'm not quite sure I understand this... :/

Ah! So they're good?! That's nice to hear. :D Then I'll definitely go if they come!
Also, omg no! Haha. Not only because I don't use ameba (I guess it's complicated when I don't speak the language and posting in English wouldn't make much sense), but I wouldn't know what to say/ask him. It the 1st time I've heard about them, so I don't even know their names. >_
chounohana
Jan. 16th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
oh, it is RIDE ON ME ^^ But the other two are still among the songs I like the most.

lol, there was cake. It was the first time he's posted an unofficial picture, and he chose one with food all over his face ^^;

I mean that he actually talks.... When I try talking to MiMi he always ends up just standing there staring without saying anything, or he will giggle awkwardly... (Even when the situation only requires a simple "hello" or "thank you"). Bera has no problem saying stuff to me, and he looks pretty relaxed the times I've seen him talk to the other fans.

aww, Orochi's vocalist seems to enjoy practicing his English :) If you decide to go see them, you can at least tell him that, and maybe ask something related to the live.
mina_cross
Jan. 16th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Omg I can imagine that pic pretty much vividly, lol. He seems to be really goofy! XD

Oh? I kinda got the impression Bera would be the shy one when it comes to talking to the fans. But MiMi... lol XD

Okay, if I bump into him and people aren't all over him, I guess I could think of something to say! ^^ I like practicing my English too, but never get to do it. >_
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chounohana
Jan. 16th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Maybe they don't answer emails during weekends? Hope you can get it soon! It's a good release :)
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