Chaotic Situation

Everybody elevators.

Just kidding. It sounds more like “Everybody innovates; Everybody innovators” in the beginning.

☆ Title: Chaotic Situation
★ Album: POP | CULTURE 6
☆ Album Artist: Alstroemeria Records
★ Vocals and lyrics: Mei Ayakura (綾倉盟)
☆ Arrangement: Masayoshi Minoshima
★ Original Title: Youkai Domination (妖々跋扈)
☆ Website: http://alst.net/


止まらない 甘い誘い
様々な 言葉手繰る
飛び跳ねる 心踊れ
混沌に 染めてしまえ
太陽が 徐々に沈む
瞬間に よぎる黒が
指をさし 笑う姿
張り裂ける 鼓動強く

tomaranai amai sasoi
samazama na kotoba taguru
tobi haneru kokoro odore
konton ni somete shimae
taiyou ga jojo ni shizumu
shunkan ni yogiru kuro ga
yubi o sashi warau sugata
hari sakeru kodou tsuyoku

The sweet invitations won’t stop
All kinds of words pull me in
“Let your fluttering heart dance”
“Stain it completely in chaos”
The sun gradually sets
The black that passes by in an instant
reveals its figure, pointing and laughing at me
My heartbeat is too strong, I’m going to burst

抜け出せない迷路で彷徨う
ただ幸せを願っていた
自分だけの世界に溺れて
誘惑に熟れた 罪の果実

nuke dasenai meiro de samayou
tada shiawase o negatteita
jibun dake no sekai ni oborete
yuuwaku ni ureta tsumi no kajitsu

I wander around an unescapable maze
All I did was wish for happiness
I’m drowning in a world just for me
The fruit of sin, ripened by temptation

茨道を行く ナイフを片手に
空いた穴を広げるように
嘲笑う声が 頭の中から
離れなくてかき消せないよ
零れてく涙 気付いた過ち
救いの手をずっと待っている
どこにも行けない この場所で

ibaramichi o yuku naifu o katate ni
aita ana o hirogeru you ni
azawarau koe ga atama no naka kara
hanarenakute kaki kesenai yo
koborete ku namida kidzuita ayamachi
sukui no te o zutto matteiru
doko ni mo ikenai kono basho de

I walk a path of thorns with a knife in hand
in order to widen opened holes
Laughs in my head ridicule me
I can’t get away from or erase them
Noticing the tears drip was a mistake
Forever I’ll be waiting for someone’s saving hand
here in this place with nowhere I can go

止まらない 輪廻巡る
少しずつ 醒める熱が
傾いた 月と共に
覗き込み 瞳曇る
翳りゆく 時の中で
思い出す 不善の日々
後悔の 思いだけが
揺らめいて 離れないよ

tomaranai rinne meguru
sukoshi zutsu sameru netsu ga
katamuita tsuki to tomo ni
nozoki komi hitomi kumoru
kageri yuku toki no naka de
omoi dasu fuzen no hibi
koukai no omoi dake ga
yurameite hanarenai yo

The wheel of fortune spins endlessly
Little by little, I return from my fever
The moon, close to setting, looks down on me
My eyes cloud over, and together they peek in
In such a darkening time
I recall days of mischief
Only thoughts of regret
flicker in, and they won’t leave

壊れていく器に残った
僕の一欠片はいつから
黒く染まってしまったのかな
蝕まれていく 罪の意識

kowarete iku utsuwa ni nokotta
boku no hito kakera wa itsu kara
kuroku somatte shimatta no kana
mushibamarete iku tsumi no ishiki

When did this fragment of me
left in its breaking container
become completely stained black
I’m being eaten away by my awareness of sin

茨道を行く 暗闇切り裂き
空いた穴は戻らないけど
埋まらない傷も 痛みも抱きしめ
生きていると感じてみたい
零れてく涙 心を溶かして
きっといつか全てを受け止め
やり直せるはず この場所で

ibaramichi o yuku kurayami kiri saki
aita ana wa modoranai kedo
umaranai kizu mo itami mo daki shime
ikiteiru to kanjite mitai
koborete ku namida kokoro o tokashite
kitto itsu ka subete o uke tome
yari naoseru hazu kono basho de

I walk a path of thorns, cutting through the darkness
The opened holes can’t be fixed though
I want to feel that I’m alive
by embracing my pain and open wounds
The dripping tears melt my heart
I’m sure someday I’ll be able to accept everything
and redo it all again at this place

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Chase

This arrangement and these lyrics remind me a bit of old Alst songs, back when Haruka was the lyricist and Minoshima did things different, which I really like.

Notes: I’ve made the difficult choice to translate this song as speaking about/to someone. I was assuming the topic throughout was an implicit “I” until the “gathering wishes” stanza, which explicitly says “you.” I think it makes more sense this way.

☆ Title: Chase
★ Album: POP | CULTURE 6
☆ Album Artist: Alstroemeria Records
★ Vocals: nomico
☆ Lyrics: Mei Ayakura (綾倉盟)
★ Arrangement: Masayoshi Minoshima
☆ Original Title: The Traditional Old Man and the Stylish Girl (時代親父とハイカラ少女)
★ Website: http://alst.net/


眩しい光が突き刺す
全てが 見透かされそうで
素直になれない心が
粉々 脆く崩れてく

mabushii hikari ga tsuki sasu
subete ga mi sukasaresou de
sunao ni narenai kokoro ga
konagona moroku kuzurete ku

Everything appears to be transparent
A bright light pierces through
Your fragile heart, unable to be true to itself,
crumbles away into pieces

今まで 日陰にいた
いつから 隠れていた?
いつまで 逃げているの?
声にならないまま

ima made hikage ni ita
itsu kara kakureteita?
itsu made nigete iru no?
koe ni naranai mama

Until now you’ve been in the shadows
Since when have you been hiding?
How long will you keep running away?
As it is, you have no voice

追いかけて 追いかけて
行き着く先まで
探しても 探しても
答えは胸の奥
強い風 吹き抜けて
雲は流れてく
追い風を受け止めて

oi kakete oi kakete
iki tsuku saki made
sagashitemo sagashitemo
kotae wa mune no oku
tsuyoi kaze fuki nukete
kumo wa nagarete ku
oikaze o uke tomete

You chase and chase
until you reach your destination
You search, and you search,
but the answer lies in your heart
A strong gust blows
and the clouds stream on by
as they accept the tailwind

乾いた喉を締め付ける
言葉は いつも空を舞う
弱さを言い訳にしてた
昨日に さよならを告げて

kawaita nodo o shime tsukeru
kotoba wa itsu mo kuu o mau
yowasa o iiwake ni shiteta
kinou ni sayonara o tsugete

You tighten your dry throat
Your words always dance in emptiness
You’ve been using your weakness as an excuse
It’s time to goodbye to yesterday

数多の 想い集め
彼方へ 届けられず
貴方は 立ち尽くすの?
取り戻せないまま

amata no omoi atsume
kanata e todokerarezu
anata wa tachi tsukusu no?
tori modosenai mama

Will you just stand still
after gathering so many wishes,
unable to send them off into the distance?
As it is, they can’t be taken back

叫んでも 叫んでも
過去は変わらない
いつまでも いつまでも
立ち止まったままの
繰り返す 意味のない
時間はいらない
秒針は動き出す

sakendemo sakendemo
kako wa kawaranai
itsu made mo itsu made mo
tachi domatta mama no
kuri kaesu imi no nai
jikan wa iranai
byoushin wa ugoki dasu

You shout and shout,
but the past will never change
You’ve always and always
been stuck in place
You don’t need a time
that’s pointless to repeat
The second hand begins to turn

追いかけて 追いかけて
行き着く先まで
探しても 探しても
答えは胸の奥
強い風 吹き抜けて
雲は流れてく
追い風を受け止めて

oi kakete oi kakete
iki tsuku saki made
sagashitemo sagashitemo
kotae wa mune no oku
tsuyoi kaze fuki nukete
kumo wa nagarete ku
oikaze o uke tomete

You chase and chase
until you reach your destination
You search, and you search,
but the answer lies in your heart
A strong gust blows
and the clouds stream on by
as they accept the tailwind

Reunion

I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get another emo Ayame song again, but this one really grew on me. It inspires a lot more warm feelings than the last couple Ayame songs. As for the following outro to the album, I think it could either be a bit shorter or end in a blaze instead of ending like a candle going out slowly.

☆ Title: Reunion
★ Album: STRUCTURED DANCEHALL
☆ Album Artist: Alstroemeria Records
★ Vocals and lyrics: ayame
★ Arrangement: Masayoshi Minoshima
☆ Original Title: Lunate Elf (ルーネイトエルフ)
★ Website: http://alst.net/


いつでも私の少し先を歩く
まるで守られてるそれが嬉しくて

itsu demo watashi no sukoshi saki o aruku
maru de mamorareteru sore ga ureshikute

You always walk just a little bit ahead of me
It’s as if I’m being protected, which makes me happy

並べない悔しいそんなことばかり
言うといつも君は優しく笑った

narabenai kuyashii sonna koto bakari
iu to itsu mo kimi wa yasashiku waratta

After talking about not being able to be next to you
and being frustrated, you always smiled kindly

巡り来る春の桜舞うように香る桜
曲がり角会えたらいいな
もう一度会えたらいいな

meguri kuru haru no sakura mau you ni kaoru sakura
magarikado aetara ii na
mou ichido aetara ii na

The sakura come around with spring, the sweet smelling sakura flutter
I wish I could see you just around the corner
I wish I could see you just one more time

少しだけ変われたかな
前よりも変われたかな
いつまでも不器用で笑って誤魔化して

sukoshi dake kawareta kana
mae yori mo kawareta kana
itsu made mo bukiyou de waratte gomakashite

I wonder if I was able to change a little
If I was able to change even more than I did before
but I’ll always be awkward, smiling and making up excuses

晴れた日の甘い匂い 少し目眩がする
それはとても懐かしくて
曇りの日はきっと モヤモヤしちゃうから
好きなことだけをしよう
雨の日の憂鬱時に心地良くて
君のことを考えてる
答えは多分そう 一つじゃないはずさ
風を超えてくその向こう

hareta hi no amai nioi sukoshi memai ga suru
sore wa totemo natsukashikute
kumori no hi wa kitto moyamoya shichau kara
suki na koto dake o shiyou
ame no hi no yuuutsu toki ni kokochi yokute
kimi no koto o kangaeteru
kotae wa tabun sou hitotsu janai hazu sa
kaze o koete ku sono mukou

On sweet smelling sunny days, I feel a little dizzy
It really brings me back to the good old days
On cloudy days, I’m sure we’ll feel a little down
so let’s just do things that we like
On rainy days, the gloominess sometimes feels comfy
I’ll be thinking of you
There should probably be, you guessed it, more than one answer
Overcome the wind and go beyond

冷めたコーヒーが好きだと語る君
惹かれていたのずっと背伸びするぐらいに

sameta koohii ga suki da to kataru kimi
hikareteita no zutto senobi suru gurai ni

I was drawn to you when you talked about how you liked cold coffee
To the point where I’m always trying to make myself look better

巡り来る春の桜舞うように香る桜
曲がり角会えたらいいな
もう一度会えたらいいな

meguri kuru haru no sakura mau you ni kaoru sakura
magarikado aetara ii na
mou ichido aetara ii na

The sakura come around with spring, the sweet smelling sakura flutter
I wish I could see you just around the corner
I wish I could see you just one more time

少しだけ変われたかな
前よりも変われたかな
いつまでも不器用で笑って誤魔化して

sukoshi dake kawareta kana
mae yori mo kawareta kana
itsu made mo bukiyou de waratte gomakashite

I wonder if I was able to change a little
If I was able to change even more than I did before
but I’ll always be awkward, smiling and making up excuses

晴れた日の甘い匂い 少し目眩がする
それはとても懐かしくて
曇りの日はきっと モヤモヤしちゃうから
好きなことだけをしよう
雨の日の憂鬱時に心地良くて
君のことを考えてる
答えは多分そう 一つじゃないはずさ
風を超えてくその向こう

hareta hi no amai nioi sukoshi memai ga suru
sore wa totemo natsukashikute
kumori no hi wa kitto moyamoya shichau kara
suki na koto dake o shiyou
ame no hi no yuuutsu toki ni kokochi yokute
kimi no koto o kangaeteru
kotae wa tabun sou hitotsu janai hazu sa
kaze o koete ku sono mukou

On sweet smelling sunny days, I feel a little dizzy
It really brings me back to the good old days
On cloudy days, I’m sure we’ll feel a little down
so let’s just do things that we like
On rainy days, the gloominess sometimes feels comfy
I’ll be thinking of you
There should probably be, you guessed it, more than one answer
Overcome the wind and go beyond

Pleasant Place

Very good. While I liked Don’t Lose from Ignition Dancehall because it was a change in style from Ice Break and Unchain Pendulum, I didn’t like the lyrics. These lyrics are a lot better, I think, bringing her back to her rightful place as QUEEN OF ALST.

☆ Title: Pleasant Place
★ Album: STRUCTURED DANCEHALL
☆ Album Artist: Alstroemeria Records
★ Vocals: nomico
☆ Lyrics: Mei Ayakura (綾倉盟)
★ Arrangement: Masayoshi Minoshima
☆ Original Title: Soul’s Resting Place (魂の安らむ所)
★ Website: http://alst.net/

息を止めて 鼓動だけ感じてた
まぶた閉じて 温度だけ感じてた
縛られてた 動けない そんな日々
進めない もどかしさだけ

iki o tomete kodou dake kanjiteta
mabuta tojite ondo dake kanjiteta
shibarareteta ugokenai sonna hibi
susumenai modokashisa dake

I held my breath and just felt my pulse
I closed my eyes and just felt the heat
I was bound and couldn’t move, such were those days
Filled with frustration, unable to move forward

変われない 言い訳で
変わりたい 本心は
愛せない 意気地なし
愛したい 誰よりも

kawarenai iiwake de
kawaritai honshin wa
aisenai ikujinashi
aishitai dare yori mo

My excuses stop me from changing
but I do want to change deep inside
I’m too much of a coward to love
but I want to love more than anyone else

陽だまりから 届けたい
点と点が今 結ばれていくよ 優しさで
弾む 踊る 妖精のように
温もりから 繋げたい
線と線が今 行く先を示す 道しるべ
ここが 君の 笑顔が生まれる場所

hidamari kara todoketai
ten to ten ga ima musubarete yuku yo yasashisa de
hazumu odoru yousei no you ni
nukumori kara tsunagetai
sen to sen ga ima yukusaki o shimesu michishirube
koko ga kimi no egao ga umareru basho

Everywhere I want to reach out from this sunny spot to
is now getting connected, dot to dot, out of kindness
Bouncing and dancing like a fairy
Each line I want to connect from this warmth
now acts as a guide to show the way forward
This is the place where your smile will born

時間だけが 過ぎるのを感じてた
だけどなぜか 確かさを感じてた

jikan dake ga sugiru no o kanjiteta
dakedo naze ka tashikasa o kanjiteta

I only felt the time pass by
But for some reason I felt some kind of certainty

掴めない 君の手を
掴みたい その視線
伝えない この言葉
伝えたい 安らぎを

tsukamenai kimi no te o
tsukamitai sono shisen
tsutaenai kono kotoba
tsutaetai yasuragi o

I can’t hold your hand
but I want to grab your gaze
I can’t convey what I want to say
but I want to convey how pleasant this is

陽だまりから 届けたい
点と点が今 結ばれていくよ 優しさで
弾む 踊る 妖精のように
温もりから 繋げたい
線と線が今 行く先を示す 道しるべ
ここが 君の 笑顔が生まれる場所

hidamari kara todoketai
ten to ten ga ima musubarete yuku yo yasashisa de
hazumu odoru yousei no you ni
nukumori kara tsunagetai
sen to sen ga ima yukusaki o shimesu michishirube
koko ga kimi no egao ga umareru basho

Everywhere I want to reach out to from this sunny spot
is now getting connected, dot to dot, out of kindness
Bouncing and dancing like a fairy
Each line I want to connect from this warmth
now acts as a guide to show the way forward
This is the place where your smile will born