GARNiDELiA’s newest single REBEL FLAG was released on 13th March 2019. It currently serves as the ending theme song for the TV anime Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. This is the six of 7 parts we will be covering in this interview from Natalie.
I want to do something with MARiA’s voice
And the lyrics for the last song in this single, Last present is…
MARiA: Very sad. Really tough. This song was also made with the melody first. At that point of time I haven’t actually encountered any tough moments in my life but Toku said sad lyrics would really suit this. From the beginning it feels like a song made in the West.
It feels like it’s along the same genealogy as Angel’s ladder, Lonely Girl and After glow.
toku: It is.
I personally really like this style of recording the very mellow R&B sound to the analog synthesizer.
M: I’m very happy. This style of song actually fits into my hobbies, so we’ll continue with them for sure.
T: I wonder why these types of songs never seems to get happy lyrics….
M: Right? It’s strange.
To summarize Last present, it would either be an “unrequited love” song or “catastrophe” song. Going from “I can’t give you anything as I don’t have any” to “My last present”…it feels like you’re talking about someone saying goodbye.
M: It’s so sad! For someone to initiate the break up, it’s already really tough on them isn’t it? And especially for the partner who stopped loving them a long time ago. However, this breakup is “the one thing they wanted the most” right? So sad!
T: I wrote this song, but I totally didn’t expect this at all. The cords were actually very bright.
M: Instead of adding sad lyrics to a sad tune, sometimes adding sad lyrics to a happy tune increases the sadness even more. It’s like laughing while crying.
T: At the beginning, I was wondering what the heck is a “last present”? I didn’t get it at all.
M: Please understand!!
T: What is she trying to say?? (laughs)
M: Well, sometimes not realizing is better in the long run.
GARNiDELiA has a lot of R&B style songs, and they have a lot of vocal tracks recorded in particular compared to other styles, and this time round…?
M: We actually record a lot, and we pile the choruses over each other.
T: For the parts with simple orchestral parts, we added more harmonies to it. So, I thought “I really want to something with MARiA’s voice”.
M: For songs like these, there’s a lot of parts you can play with in the song. Therefore, as a vocalist, you can enjoy singing and with ease even if there’s lyrics that aren’t as fun.
T: Most of the vocal takes were alright there first time but adjusting the balance after was challenging. There’s 5 times more vocals than orchestral parts.
M: The song is mostly made out of vocals, so the mixer has the most difficult job. The singer adds a lot of faking and sings in a super energetic level! (laughs)
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