Ikimonogakari’s next single “Planetarium,” used as the ending theme to the NHK drama “Cat Street,” will be released on October 15th.
To be honest, I was scared away a little at first by “Planetarium’s” PV – when the first thing you have in the video is a mother leaving her child alone in a room, and the child (who is a pretty bad speaking actor” speak to her scary looking puppet that more resembles a voodoo doll of Kiyoe – yeah, it’s not something that makes me want to keep watching. But while watching Cat Street, the ending theme popped up – and it was a great song of hope and nostalgia wrapped into a beautiful midtempo ballad. And it was “Planetarium.”
Ikimonogakari has good fast songs that sell well, but I feel like their forte is definitely with their heartwrenching ballads. “Planetarium” has the acoustic and orchestral backing that strong vocals that you expect from the band, and a catchy and memorable bittersweet tune. Even the music video has grown on me. Well, maybe not the creepy puppets (those will forever be, in my opinion, a horrible mistake) – but the scene with the stars floating around the band and the little girl as the chorus to the song swells? Gorgeous.
The B-side of the single is “Happy Smile Again” and a live version of “Kaeritakunatta yo“. This is definitely a single to take a listen to when it comes out.
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