7thHVN

Very interesting opening to the track. While I think this song has a lot going for it, I also think it’s missing some sort of big payoff.

★ Title: 7thHVN
☆ Album: 4Q8Q
★ Album Artist: ZYTOKINE
☆ Vocals: cold kiss (Nana Takahashi (高橋 菜々))
★ Arrangement and lyrics: Linjin (隣人)
☆ Original Title: Last Occultism (ラストオカルティズム)
★ Website: http://zytokine-web.com/

掴みどころのない蜃気楼
違う世界へ誘う鍵

tsukami dokoro no nai shinkirou
chigau sekai e izanau kagi

An elusive mirage
A key beckoning me to a different world

想いを馳せて 滲んだ夢
静かに 手を伸ばす

omoi o hasete nijinda yume
shizuka ni te o nobasu

Letting my mind run wild, my dream became blurred
Quietly I reach my hand out for it

懐かしい夢の 続きを話そう
きれいで優しい世界のおとぎ話
とても不思議だね ハッピーエンドなのに
哀しくて 哀しくて 涙が止まらない

natsukashii yume no tsudzuki o hanasou
kirei de yasashii sekai no otogibanashi
totemo fushigi da ne happii endo nanoni
kanashikute kanashikute namida ga tomaranai

Let’s talk about what comes after the dreams from our childhoods
Fairy tales about pretty and kind worlds
It’s very strange, even though they end happily,
I’m sad, so sad that the tears won’t stop

近いのに遠く 沁みる痛み
違う祈りに託した欺瞞

chikai noni tooku shimiru itami
chigau inori ni takushita uso

A close, yet distant, stinging pain
Deceit committed to different wishes

寄せては返す 沈んだ夢
今では 手に余る

yosete wa kaesu shizunda yume
ima de wa te ni amaru

Dreams that sunk after riding the waves
At this point they’re too much for me

擦り切れた夢の 奏でるストーリー
勇気と希望で溢れたおとぎ話
なのに不思議だね ハッピーエンドなのに
苦しくて 苦しくて 涙が止まらない

suri kireta yume no kanaderu sutoorii
yuuki to kibou de afureta otogibanashi
nanoni fushigi da ne happii endo nanoni
kurushikute kurushikute namida ga tomaranai

Musical stories of worn out dreams
Fairy tales that overflowed with hope and courage
Yet it’s strange, even though they end happily,
it hurts, it hurts so much that the tears won’t stop

この手で 積み上げてきた夢
哀しく 眼をそらす

kono te de tsumi agete kita yume
kanashiku me o sorasu

All the dreams that I built up with my own hands
I avert my eyes from sadly

傷ついた夢が 砕け散った跡に
独り 残された最後のおとぎ話
望んでたはずの ハッピーエンドなのに
嬉しくて 嬉しくて 涙が止まらない

kizutsuita yume ga kudake chitta ato ni
hitori nokosareta saigo no otogibanashi
nozondeta hazu no happi endo nanoni
ureshikute ureshikute namida ga tomaranai

In the remains of the damaged dreams that got shattered,
all alone, remained the final fairy tale
Even though it has the happy ending that I could have swore I wished for,
I’m happy, so happy that the tears won’t stop

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