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androp – Bright Siren

androp – Bright Siren

Hey, hey
I’ve been unable to sleep
Ever since I’ve remembered
You may think me a coward
But I just feel at a loss

Hey, hey
The night siren
Erased my wish
I want to stay here
But I have already started moving

Hey, hey
Ever since we spoke
I looked up at Polaris
It made me want to wake up
From this dream I’m drifting in, unable to look into your eyes

So that this may not
So that this may not
Turn into memories
As if
I shut it inside my heart
Shut it inside my heart

And now
I’ll tell you goodbye, see you later
When I’ll wave my hand, it’ll be bye-bye
To keep your shape from being blurred by my tears

Hey, hey
Ever since I’ve remembered
I’ve lived without sleeping
You may think this is sad
But you already call this the past

Hey, hey
My wish
Reached the starry sky
I hid my eyes with my hands
But I have already started moving

It’s as if I was wishing
For an end to this sad song
As if you were reflected in me, coming back to me

And now
I’ll tell you goodbye, see you later
When I’ll wave my hand, it’ll be bye-bye
So that my words may wipe off your tears

I’ll tell you goodbye, see you later
When I’ll wave my hand, it’ll be bye-bye
To keep my shape from being blurred by your tears

I’ll tell you goodbye, see you later
To keep your smile and my smile from disappearing
When I’ll wave my hand, it’ll be bye-bye

source: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/bright-siren-bright-siren.html

*one of the most creative music videos I have seen. Instead of using a LED wall, they used 250 Cameras with Speedlight Flashes. Photographers will puke rainbows when they see a Semi-PRO DSLR used just as a single light among other 250. Also the song is also as beautiful and emotional based on the lyrics. The video also suits the song cuz’ it’s how our memory works, short lived memories just flashes for a second, others connect to other lights which are interconnected memories.


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ステレオポニー – 100 Pararhythms

Stereopony – 100 Pararhythms

SONG & LYRICS: AIMI
Translator: Kafka

Whether to sleep or stay awake,
I just can’t get you out of my head

No matter how many times I see your face,
I seem never to tire from it

The smile that you show me

How shall respond to this mail?
Without being interrupted,
I remain like this ever since

Like being connected though it,
I won’t stray off my eyes from my cellphone
How can I convey this to you… that I…

Pala…

Like clearing after the rain then to cloudy,
I feel gloomy about myself…
However, when it comes to you, I simply become refreshed

The time that you grant me!

I feel you right here on my chest
As it warms up, I want to cry

Please don’t get my hopes up
But don’t turn cold on me
I’m sorry for being selfish, it’s just that I…

Pala…

With only you on my mind,
My head is on a verge of bursting
Honestly speaking, I love you…

Pala…

Japanese Lyrics(Romaji):

Nete mo samete mo atama kara hanare nai

Nandokao mitatte zenzen akisou mo nai

Kimi ga boku ni kureru Smile!

Meru o dou yatte kaesou?

Togire nai you ni kono mama zutto

Tsunaga(Tsu)te irareru you ni keitai kara me ga sorase nai

Dou yatte kimi ni tsutaeyou boku wa zutto kimi no koto ga…

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Ame nochi hare kumotte kibun ga moyamoya suru

Dakedo kimi shidai de hareru boku wa tanjun

Kimi ga boku ni kureru Time!

Kimi o omouto mune no koko

Atatakaku natte naki taku naru

Kitai sa se naide demo tsumetaku sa re taku nai yo

Wagamama de honto gomen ne dakedo boku wa kimi no koto ga…

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Kimi no koto bakkari de atama ga panku sunzen

Shoujiki itte boku wa kimi no koto ga suki nan desu

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..! Pa Pa Pa Ra Ra Pa Paaa..!

Kanji:

寝ても覚めても 頭から離れない

何度顔見たって 全然飽きそうもない

君が僕にくれるsmile!

メールをどうやって返そう?

途切れないようにこのままずっと

繋がっていられるように 携帯から目が逸らせない

どうやって君に伝えよう 僕はずっと君の事が。。。

Pala….

雨のち晴れ曇って 気分がモヤモヤする

だけど君次第で 晴れる僕は単純

君が僕にくれるtime!

君を想うと胸のココ

温かくなって泣きたくなる

期待させないで でも冷たくされたくないよ

ワガママでホントごめんね だけど僕は君の事が。。。

Pala….

君の事ばっかりで 頭がパンク寸前

正直言って僕は 君の事が好きなんです。。

Pala….


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Supercell – 夜が明けるよ~Yoru ga Akeru yo~

Supercell – Yoru ga Akeru yo(The night dawns)

SONG & LYRICS: ryo
SINGER: Nagi
Translator: Kafka

Where is that sheep going?
Most likely it’s where paradise is
We can forget about loneliness and anxiety
With scars covered all over

Spending numerous sleepless nights
If you could notice, I was still struggling
In this deep blue sky

One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep
Everything will be beginning
Cuz’ the night will be dawning soon
In that matter, I was able to think about right now

I wonder why people can’t live without a purpose
The cryings, the fights and the love affections
All those will soon be forgotten though

One sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep
Four Sheep, Five Sheep, Six Sheep

If it’s only the truth, then it’s fine
(Seven Sheep, Eight Sheep, Nine Sheep)
I don’t need anything else
(Ten Sheep, Eleven Sheep, Twelve Sheep)
However, I wonder can such world exist?
(Thirty Sheep, Forty Sheep, Fifty Sheep)
(Sixty Sheep, Seventy Sheep, Eighty Sheep)
I want to see you, I miss you
I want to see you, see you…

*ahh the perfect song for counting sheep when trying to sleep. Nagi’s chilling soothing voice fills the song with a relaxing feeling that we can have wonderful dreams in our comfy sleep. A good way to the end the song, missing the person you love right before sleep blankets you into dreamland where you can think more freely about him/her.


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小南泰葉 – Soupy World

Kominami Yasuha – Soupy World

Singer: Kominami Yasuha
Lyrics: Kominami Yasuha
Music: Kominami Yasuha
Translator: Kafka

As if I was going to drop an egg to the soup I’m preparing
I dropped a secret seed in it
Using my eyes, nose, ears and sense of touch
I continue to have turned away from that boundary line

Tuuru tututututu
“Tuuru tututututu” I hum
Singing as I spin to my surroundings
I kept repeating in trial and error, How foolish of me
The fool of the ignorant ways of this world

At any time, in this world
Light, Darkness, Doctors, and Patients are overflowing in ambiguity
Yes, that’s right! Swindlers, Idiots and Sneaky thieves too

Hey Mr. Policeman
Despair, Dreams, Truths and Lies
Tie all of them up in a single bundle with your left hand
It’s such a Soupy World
Shooting out and Delaying them with your right hand

As this secret seed melts into the world in a skillful condition
My lies became weak, however…
Somehow futility fell along my cheeks
In any case I became more honest

Although I intend to understand it using my head
If I don’t obtain raw feelings at fixed intervals
I can’t win against death’s allurement

Hey Mr. Policeman
Winners and Losers
Tie all of them up in a single bundle with your left hand
Thrills, Dangers, Luxury, and Poverty
They are all the same

If you won’t make ingredients out of someone’s misfortune
You won’t obtain good fortune
Everything will be all mixed up, stirred and diluted
So that everyone won’t be disappointed in this world
So that the heads and tails won’t sever
So that we won’t become victims

Hey Mr. Policeman
Despair, Dreams, Truths and Lies
Tie all of them up in a single bundle with your left hand
It’s such a Soupy World
Shooting out and Delaying them with your right hand

*This artist, reminds me of a young Shiina Ringo. So much potential lies within her. Anyway, as a singer songwriter, she is awesome! Blending Shiina Ringo’s style with a drop of YUI’s style of refreshing music mood and some Bjork’s influence. She created her own singing style with those elements in it. I totally fell in love in this song the first time I heard it as I watched the PV. She is quite interesting, I thought as I researched about her. Perhaps, she could be my new idol. I look forward in her future endeavors. Her potential is growing. Anyway, the lyrics of this song is quite metaphysical. This world is all mixed up making it look like a soup of everything. I short, this is all about anti-discrimination.


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FLiP – 今夜月で会いましょう(Konya Tsuki De Aimashou)

FLiP – Konya Tsuki de Aimashou(Let’s Meet on the Moon Tonight)

Wishing to destroy this sorrowful soul
Please stab it with single lunging finishing strike
You, the Vampire

This innocent pure heart died finally
I’m at my limit already
This empty world feels somnolent

These transparent nails are so lame, lame
Bathed in golden moonlight, I want to fly

Oh the moon of tonight, be more spherical
Be more and more spherical
It’s love, I have fallen in love Baby
I want to become a wolf

It’s you only I can show it
I can only cry because of you
It’s love, I have fallen in love Baby
My temples aches throughout

These new emotions are endorphin to me
It’s impulsively my true self
Seem can’t to close my eyes to sleep

With sweet sticky blood colored rouge, lipstick
I want to bite them, those caprice lips

Let’s meet on the moon tonight
Let’s meet on the moon tonight
I’m heartbroken, It’s heartrending Baby
I want to become a wolf

With this much awkward words
With this much awkward body
I’m heartbroken, heartrending Baby
My temples aches throughout

Let’s meet on the moon tonight
Let’s meet on the moon tonight
I’m heartbroken, heartbroken Baby
I want to become a wolf

This curse can’t be thawed
This curse can’t be thawed
It’s heartrending, heartrending
Fall in Love, Down…

Oh the moon of tonight, be more spherical
Be more and more spherical
I have fallen in love, fallen in love Baby
I want to become a wolf

It’s you only I can show it
I can only cry because of you
I have fallen in love, fallen in love Baby
I want dance more in the nape of your neck

Japanese Lyrics(Romaji):

Kanashii tamashii kowashite hoshii
Hitotsuki de TODOME wo sashite kudasai
Anata VANPAIA

Ijirashii junjou shinda wa tsui ni
Mou genkan yo karappo na sekai
Nemuku nanno

Toumei na tsume mo RAMERAME
Kin’iro no gekkou wo abite tobitai

Konya tsuki yo maruku nare
Motto tsuki yo maruku nare
Koi nan desu koi nan desu Baby
Atashi wa ookami ni naritai

Anata ni shika misemasen
Anata de shika nakimasen
Koi nan desu koi nan desu Baby
Motto kubisuji de odoritai

Atarashii kanjou ENDORUFIN
Shoudouteki na hontou no atashi
Nemurenai no

Amai chinori no beni, beni
Kimagure na sono kuchibiru kamitai

Konya tsuki de aimashou
Konya tsuki de aimashou
Setsunain desu setsunain desu Baby
Atashi wa ookami ni naritai

Konna bukiyou na kotoba de
Konna bukiyou na karada de
Setsunain desu setsunain desu Baby
Zutto komekami ga uzukimasu

Konya tsuki de aimashou
Konya tsuki de aimashou
Setsunain desu setsunain desu Baby
Atashi wa ookami ni naritai

Kono noroi wa tokemasen
Kono noroi wa tokemasen
Setsunain desu setsunain desu
Fall in Love, Down…

Konya tsuki yo maruku nare
Motto tsuki yo maruku nare
Koi nan desu koi nan desu Baby
Atashi wa ookami ni naritai

Anata ni shika misemasen
Anata de shika nakimasen
Koi nan desu koi nan desu Baby
Motto kubisuji de odoritai

Kanji

哀しい魂 壊して欲しい
ひと突きでトドメを刺してください
あなたヴァンパイア

いじらしい純情 死んだわ遂に
もう限界よ 空っぽな世界
眠くなんの

透明な爪もラメラメ
金色の月光を浴びて 飛びたい

今夜月よ丸くなれ
もっと月よ丸くなれ
恋なんです 恋なんです Baby
あたしは狼になりたい

あなたにしか見せません
あなたでしか泣きません
恋なんです 恋なんです Baby
もっと首筋で踊りたい

新しい感情 エンドルフィン
衝動的な ほんとうのあたし
眠れないの

甘い血糊の紅、 紅
気まぐれなその唇 噛みたい

今夜月で会いましょう
今夜月で会いましょう
切ないんです 切ないんです Baby
あたしは狼になりたい

こんな不器用な言葉で
こんな不器用な身体で
切ないんです 切ないんです Baby
ずっとこめかみが疼きます

今夜月で会いましょう
今夜月で会いましょう
切ないんです 切ないんです Baby
あたしは狼になりたい

この呪いはとけません
この呪いはとけません
切ないんです 切ないんです
Fall in Love, Down…

今夜月よ丸くなれ
もっと月よ丸くなれ
恋なんです 恋なんです Baby
あたしは狼になりたい

あなたにしか見せません
あなたでしか泣きません
恋なんです 恋なんです Baby
もっと首筋で踊りたい

*this song should fit for a werewolf or vampire movie.. ^_^


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FLiP – Everything is Alright

FLiP – Everything is Alright

Song: Sachiko
Lyrics: Sachiko

Traveling on a highway with an opened window
My long hair flutters about in the wind
In someway or another, behind my sunglasses are hidden tears

Our days didn’t know any depression
So White & Blue, in that boundless sky

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright,
Yes please say it with a smile
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

The car stereo looks like it’s gonna break,
It’s making sounds with such a high volume
I saw the sea, it had such a nostalgic smell,
I cut off the handle

Making a fuss out of American Food until morning
It remained in those times, in that worn out diner

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright,
Yes please say it with a smile
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright,
Yes please say it with a smile
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

Japanese Lyrics(Romaji):

Mado akete hashiru HAIWEI nagai kami kaze ni matta
SANGURASU wa namida kakushi dou ni ka naru wa

HOWAITO & BURUU Yuuutsu wo shiranakatta
Ano koro ni mita hateshinai sora

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright sou itte waratte
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

KAASUTEREO waresou na hodo daionryou narashite
Umi ga mieta natsukashii nioi HANDORU kiru no

AMERIKAN FUUDO asa made sawaida
Kutabireta DAINAA ano koro no mama

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright sou itte waratte
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright sou itte waratte
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

Kanji:

窓開けて 走るハイウェイ 長い髪 風に舞った
サングラスは 涙隠し どうにかなるわ

ホワイト&ブルー 憂鬱を知らなかった
あの頃に見た 果てしない空

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright そう言って笑って
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

カーステレオ 割れそうなほど大音量 鳴らして
海が見えた 懐かしい匂い ハンドル切るの

アメリカンフード 朝まで騒いだ
くたびれたダイナー あの頃のまま

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright そう言って笑って
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright そう言って笑って
Missing, I’m missing you
Baby, alright Maybe alright
Everything is alright

*from FLiP’s new album XX Emotion. My favorite song in the album so far. As you read, this song is about missing somebody however Sachiko is also trying to say that while we are missing someone, we need to feel assurance, assurance that the person you are missing is alright, that everything is gonna be alright even you are not meeting, that you can trust him/her, that no matter what happens, everything is going to be alright.


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Girls Dead Monster’s Keep the Beats! Album Review

Tracklist:

1-Crow Song ~ Yui ver.

2-Thousand Enemies

3-Shine Days

4-23:50

5-Run with Wolves

6-Morning Dreamer

7-Rain Song

8-Alchemy~Yui ver.

9-Ichiban no Takaramono( Most Precious Treasure) ~ Yui ver.

10-Little Braver~Album Version

11-My Song ~Yui Ver.

12-My Soul, you Beats! ~girldemo ver.

13-Brave Song ~girldemo ver.

Band Members:

(former)Iwasawa – Guitar, Vocals, Composer

Yui – Guitar, Vocals

Hisako – Lead Guitar

Irie – Drums

Sekine – Bass

Review:

This is a rock album. This is japanese rock. This is freaking awesome. Thoughts pop up one another as I listen to the murderous guitar riffs, stylish guitar solos, catchy melodies, energetic feelings, and LiSa dominating vocals in this album. The energy of this album gives us a gotta-watch-this-live kind of desire.

Crow’s Song ~ Yui ver – This is the Yui(LiSa as the singer version) of Iwasawa’s(Marina as the singer) Crow Song which she originally composed and performed in the first episode of Angel Beats! when she was in the band. This is song beats is so… beat-full! this song has so much energy that its so fast paced. The drum beats makes us want to run. With Yui’s singer voice, it as much great as Iwasawa’s. Both versions are awesome!

Thousand Enemies – This is the last song left Iwasawa composed before she left the band making Yui’s debut as the newly incarnated Girls Dead Monster’s vocalist. The guitar riffs again dominate this song. Ahh those murderous harmonics on the guitar.

Shine Days – at first, the intro of this song sounds like Guns n’ Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine, but when the bass and drums took its stage, the impression vanished. Loved this song too. It can’t be avoided to like the melody because its so catchy and sung so good. As usual, the guitar riffs dominate the song. And also LiSa’s great voice also… this song also has a feeling of nostalgia.. it makes us look back on the days we were shining.. hence Shine Days.

23:50 – Hmm.. this is probably the “normal” songs in the album. Despite its struggle to be a good song, sure its a good song, but it doesn’t leaves an impression compared to other songs. Its still a good song though..

Run with Wolves – now this is a good song. The guitar riffs are so catchy. It has a jazz rock feel. It reminds of a feeling when listening to 70-80s jazz in combination of 80s rock en roll style with an additional punk rock rhythm. LiSa’s voice also fits all too well with the song.

Morning Dreamer – a relaxing song to say the least. It starts with an acoustic guitar. Then transcends into a full band progression. The bass line of this song controls the flow of the song. Paired with LiSa’s vocals, it makes a good song. The feeling of this song is when you are feeling better in the morning while daydreaming on the wonderful things you want to do in life.

Rain Song – another great song. Creative guitar riffs, LiSa’s firm vocals, catchy but strong feel chorus, tight drums, and steady rhythm-full bass lines.

Alchemy ~Yui ver. this song was performed and composed by Iwasawa in the 3rd episode of Angel Beats!, it was the 2nd-to-the-last song she performed before she left the band and is Yui’s new favorite song when she was still a fan of Iwasawa. Again with LiSa’s voice singing this song instead of Marina’s voice, the song still rocks. This is song is so awesome, the rhythm guitar and lead guitar matches so much creating a much more great sound . The drum rolls fills in the transmissions with great accuracy, the bass lines rides with rhythm so naturally…

Ichiban no Takaramono (most precious treasure) ~ Yui ver. – the most touching song on the album. Hands down. LiSa’s voice here is beyond greatness. Her ability to make unreachable notes with her voice is a talent to be recognized greatly. A guitar ballad for hopeless romantics, for nostalgia, for inspiration and for the heart. The guitar at the end is so tranquil, its a good way to end a touching song. Tell me what is or who is your Ichiban no Takaramono?

Little Braver ~ Album Version – this song was released as a single to promote the anime Angel Beats! and to provide fans fan service of Girls Dead Monster. This also made the first appearance of singer LiSa on the their PV video of the song backed up with an all female band making it look like the real Girls Dead Monster from the anime. Of course, this was the first song to be released, a good song. Again, guitar and vocals make up the awesomeness of the song. Its says Album version because its a little longer than the single, and theres an additional singing part by LiSa at the end which adds more depth on the song.

My Song ~Yui ver. – this was the song that gave the most impact in the whole Angel Beats! series, both its story and musically. This is the last song Iwasawa sang with only her guitar before she left and disappeared. Her performance in the anime still haunts me. It was so beautiful that words won’t come out and wonderfully enthralled me. This made the anime and the band more recognized. Lots of cover videos swept NicoNicoDouga(japan’s youtube) and youtube after the full song was released making a new musical phenomenon. I even practice this on my guitar, its chord progression a little simple but to be added with such heavenly vocals, words cannot fathom to describe. Marina’s voice is actually more suitable to this song than LiSa’s, Marina’s voice has a feeling of hopelessness but in a positive kind of way rather than LiSa’s is firm and strong however its refreshing. This version is okay and has its own treatment due to the band entering at the chorus making it like Evanescence’s My Immortal Band Version. This is why Marina’s voice is more suitable to this song. After all, Marina is Iwasawa’s singing voice which this song is Iwasawa’s Best Song.

My Song, Your Beats! ~ girldemo ver. – This is the rock and band version of Lia’s(The singer of clannad’s songs such as Dango Daikazoku and Kanon songs) song My Song, Your Beats! which is the OP song of Angel Beats!. This is also the audition song of Yui for the replacement of Iwasawa for the band. This version is as good as the original. Great guitar riffs, LiSa’s vocals to give the song a more powerful rock music feeling, amazing bass lines, and tight drums.

Brave Song ~girldemo – The band version of Aoi Tada’s Brave Song as the ED theme song of Angel Beats! this version is surprisingly good also even though the original was so awesome as it was. They actually did a great job in arranging the song to have a more different kind of feeling. The original song’s feeling was so sad and touching but encouraging to move forward in a way while this version has a new different feeling, its a feeling when you have to be strong even though you are pummeled by hardships, it has a melancholic melody mixed with optimism.

Overall, the album is almost perfect for a band based on an anime, they did it again, music in anime really does leave a great impact in story and content. Nana, K-ON! and Beck did the same. I listen to this album sometimes when I start out my day, it gives me the feeling of “lets conquer this day, lets make this day a better one”.