Infinity 1 / Do As Infinity

Release Date: June 17, 2009

Track Listing

  1. Umareyuku Monotachi e
  2. Mera Mera
  3. Timeless
  4. Let’s Get Together at a-nation

Review

It’s been four years since a proper Do As Infinity song has been released.  This time they return without involvement from long time composer Dai Nagao.  Just how well did they fare without his influence?

There are 4 songs on this single, 2 produced by Yoshihiro Suda & 2 produced by Zenta.  Of the four I prefer the songs produced by Zenta (Mera Mera & Timeless) as they are closer to the traditional Do As Infinity sound.  Mera Mera is a track that takes the DAI formula and puts a funky twist on it.  I don’t think I’ve heard anything like this in their deep catalog of songs before, so I consider that a good thing.

Timeless is much closer to what you would think to expect from DAI,  yet it still has a feeling of freshness to it.  It’s not exactly typical of what they were doing before their hiatus.  I guess a different influence behind the production console has brought them out of the somewhat stagnant state they were in before.  Either way, rocking song.  Not at the same level of Mera Mera (which is the best song on this package) but still pretty rocking.

This wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t go over the other 2 songs.  One I liked, the other I thought was a complete disaster.  First the one I liked (Umareyuku Monotachi e).  It’s a ballad that is more reminiscent of Tomiko Van’s solo work than any previous DAI ballad.  While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s not exactly what one would expect with the group reforming.  Still, nice enough song.

Now for the bad.  Let’s Get Together At a-nation is an attempt at bringing a kind of club influence to DAI.  Um.. Yeah, this is a fail. The vocals are so heavily processed that you can’t really tell that it’s Tomiko at all.  Actually, the way her vocals are processed reminds me more of Perfume.

While I wouldn’t consider that a bad thing normally, this is an exception.  There’s no trace of Ryo’s guitar work anywhere unless that was him playing simple filtered guitar line.  If it was, then it was a waste of his talents.  If this song was for someone else I would have liked it.

Was Do As Infinity successful? Sort of.  I think if they stick with producers similar to Zenta they’ll do quite well.  Otherwise, please get Dai Nagao back into the fold.