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).