I am late with this one – chatmonchy’s single “Somaru Yo” was released November 5th. It is the theme for Tonsure
My lateness probably reflects my feelings towards this band – still one of my favorites, but with the hype surrounding some of my other favorites going on (Arashi, Perfume) and that I didn’t enjoy their last single that much, they slipped off the radar a bit for me.v So you’ll have to excuse me for not even realizing they had a release until now.
And I now fully repent for doing so. I love “Somaru Yo.” The title meaning “stain”, it’s a rock ballad full of raw emotion.The instrumentals are right on – soft at parts without becoming boring, strong at parts without being overbearing. Vocalist Eriko’s vocals are spot on, sounding clear and less shrill as she sings about a woman using smoking to escape, with lyrics like (roughly translated)
It’s always close by
A puff after another
The smoke sting my eyes, just a bitter and black stain
It’s a gorgeous song where the emotion-filled music truly speaks for itself and tugs on your heart. The single cover doesn’t need fancy adornments, and the PV isn’t flashy and engaging – “Somaru Yo” will capture you just with the music.
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