2015 was a very eventful year for our reporters at J-Network who had the opportunity to interview two very popular artistes Aimer and chelly from EGOIST. In her interview with our reporters, Aimer herself had expressed that she loves the vocals of ONE OK ROCK and EGOIST and, in her own words, “really would like to collaborate with them if given the chance”.
One of these collaborations materialized earlier this year, to much fanfare and critical acclaim: ninelie, the ending theme to Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – an anime series which CHARAPEDIA users have overwhelmingly voted as the anime of the season they would like to continue watching – was released on the 11th of May, 2016, and the single is now reaching 9th place on the Oricon Singles Weekly Chart with an estimated 19,557 copies sold. How many would’ve expected the collaboration – much least of all Aimer herself?
Now, Aimer can perhaps truly say that an ‘insane dream‘ of hers has been fulfilled, as she is slated to collaborate with vocalist Taka from ONE OK ROCK for their latest release. The single, titled ‘insane dream/us’, is set to be a double A-side single. Taka helmed the direction for insane dream and one of the songs was recorded in Los Angeles. Taka provided the vocals for the chorus of the song alongside Aimer’s heavenly, husky voice. Aimer’s official Youtube channel has also uploaded the short version of the music video for insane dream and it is set to be unlike anything Aimer has done before.
The second song, titled ‘us’ will be yet another collaboration track and this time, with Ling Tosite Sigure’s (凛として時雨) TK. The progressive rock band is well-known for its unique music style that sees them blending together various vocal styles in their songs. TK is the guitarist and vocalist of Ling Tosite Sigure and will also be producing ‘us’. The basic recording for the song was done in Berlin, Germany. The third song, titled ‘tone’ remains a mystery though and we may very well only find out what it can offer when ‘insane dream/us’ goes on sale on 6 July 2016.
The cover art for insane dream/us has also been revealed on Aimer’s official website. It will come in two different editions. The limited, CD + DVD edition will come with a DVD containing the music video for insane dream and will be priced at ¥1,500.
The regular edition on the other hand will contain just the CD with the three audio tracks and will be priced at ¥1,250.
That’s not the last announcement from Aimer yet though. She will also be releasing a brand new single sometime in August 2016 and this time, it will be another collaboration. She will collaborate with RADWIMPS’ Yojirou Noda, the guitarist and vocalist of the rock band. Noda’s comments on the work are as follows:
I first heard Aimer’s voice about 3-4 years ago or so. I managed to get the CD by chance from an acquaintance. Just from hearing her voice, I found something that I liked about her. I was happy listening to her sing many times at the recording studio. I am glad to be able to sing this precious song to Aimer. Thank you, Aimer-san.
Details for the collaboration with RADWIMPS’ Yojirou Noda have also been released just recently on Aimer’s official website. The 11th single is titled 蝶々結び (ROM: Chouchou Musubi, ENG: Butterfly Bind) and is set for release on 17 August 2016. The two other tracks have yet to be titled but the cover art for the two different editions have been released! Noda will be producing the lead track and will also participate in the chorus. Furthermore, the product description hints that fans will be hearing something different. Instead of the heavy sound featured in insane dream/us, fans can expect a ballad from this single!
The limited edition will be priced at ¥1,500 and will come with a DVD that includes the music video for 蝶々結び and Aimer’s LIVE AT ANYWHERE Vol.28.
The regular edition will contain just the CD with the three audio tracks and will be priced at ¥1,250.
With that said, summer is set to be an incredibly exciting season for not just Aimer fans but fans of these various J-Rock bands too! We wish Aimer, TK, Taka and Noda all the best with their upcoming projects and we are definitely looking forward to seeing the end product!
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Translations by Astrid