Their warring “Song of Rebellion”

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)

You can check out previous chapters of the interview here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 7

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