Release Date: April 20th, 2016

Track List:

  1. Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou?
  2. Summer Wind
  3. Jinsei wa STEP!
  4. Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? (Instrumental)
  5. Summer Wind (Instrumental)
  6. Jinsei wa STEP!(Instrumental)

Review

Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! is ℃-ute’s 29th single, and their first single release of 2016.

The single starts off with Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou?, a smooth yet funky gospel-inspired number complete with professional chorus singers backing the members of ℃-ute. The background vocals, and the song itself, are even more impressive after you see how it was recorded in Up-Front’s YouTube show, Upcoming, episode 10.

Despite the title, Summer Wind’s sound isn’t that of the warm summer song I expected. It has a surprisingly dark and somewhat bitter tinge to it instead. The girls’ vocals stand out against the sparse instrumental until the chorus, when everything comes together and the bass hits you with a hearty punch to the chest. The melody at that moment is incredibly satisfying against the rest of the arrangement, giving a nice sense of contrast to the song.

Jinsei wa STEP! is a style I’ve been hoping for Hello! Project to try: a slightly niche genre called electroswing. The song stays true to the style by starting off with a vintage phonograph-like intro before a punchy beat kicks in. The melody itself is very much what I’d imagine Hello! Project flavored swing to sound like, featuring both mature low tones and smoothly high accents. A tap dance section is even incorporated into the instrumental break, bringing the title quite literally into the choreography.

All in all, this is an incredibly solid single for ℃-ute, and is already one of my favorites from them. It shows off the diversity the group can experiment with yet also control. Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Limited Edition A)

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Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Limited Edition B)

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Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Limited Edition C)

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Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Regular Edition A)

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Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Regular Edition B)

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Naze Hito wa Arasoundarou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! (Regular Edition C)

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