Mamoru Miyano goes the emotional route for the stunning “How close you are” however, there’s more to this high-quality single.
Title: How Close You Are Label: King Records Release date: 27/01/16 Genre: J-Pop/Dance
1 - HOW CLOSE YOU ARE 2 - BLACK OR WHITE 3 - Crazy Wonder Night
Track by track analysis:
1- How Close You Are
How Close You Are, the ending theme of Ajin:Demi-Human, has violins as the main focus in the intro with some pads as backup, but we are mistaken if we think that’s it for the instrumental, we quickly have an acoustic guitar making its first steps in this slow tempo track afterwards.
The chorus really makes one remember the power ballads from the 80s/90s. Although the instrumental is simple it really is well arranged and it really suits Mamoru.
The violins in the outro are also good and even though the instrumental is minimalist it still is a refreshing one. The best track in the single
2 – Black or White
With an electronic vibe like his previous work, we have Black and White with a funky/jazzy yet danceable instrumental. It certainly is the first time we get to listen to something so classy like this from Miyano.
The guitar and piano are the main focus in the instrumental, but we cannot forget the bass. The crystal clear high notes that he never fails to sing really soothe everyone who’ll listen to this track.
3 – Crazy Wonder Night
Crazy Wonder Night is the last track in the single. With a powerful instrumental, electronic yet rock-ish we have an energetic track. Great bassline and guitar are what you’ll listen to throughout the whole song.
This mix between rock and electronic pop was really well-conceived and we must say it suits him well enough to make everyone think if he just suites most genres.
A fast tempo instrumental with a funky guitar, bass in solo mode on and fast drums make this the perfect track to end the single. To end this track is a good fashion we have a nice guitar solo.
This single was probably the first in a long time that has all the tracks as good as in this one.
From How Close You Are to Crazy Wonder Night we have a power ballad, a jazzy/funky track and to end it we have a rock-ish track, so what more could we ask for?
How Close You Are is a beautiful power ballad full of emotion and although it might seem to some of you that the track was not the best choice to start the single, believe me, it is.
We can see Miyano’s full potential and at the same time, we can all notice some changes in his instrumentals although he still worked with Jin Nakamura in this track proving that he is making sure that he improves his “sound”.
Black or White was delivered to us, courtesy of STY. This track that was a complete surprise, with a classy and jazzy instrumental was completely different from NEW ORDER or Magic produced by the same person. Believe it or not, this genre suits Miyano like a glove.
Crazy Wonder Night was the biggest surprise in the single, who would’ve thought that Mamoru would sing a rock song?
Well, after “Canon”, one of Miyano’s best rock songs, it was a welcome surprise to add another good rock tune to his repertoire.
All in all, it was a good song, something like a refreshing side of him, and hopefully, he’ll continue investing more in the genre, who knows?
In the future let’s hope that Miyano continues in a streak of good, quality releases. I can’t wait for the new one.
“How Close You are” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.