{single} Kanon – Brand New Breeze

March 14, 2008 at 11:05 am | Posted in Kanon, Music | Leave a comment

kanon - brand new breeze
Kanon – Brand New Breeze
カノン – Brand New Breeze

(released November 22nd, 2006)

1. Brand New Breeze
2. The Power
3. Brand New Breeze (INST)
4. The Power (INST)

Kanon’s 5th single. I’ve been meaning to review this forever, but I keep forgetting to. Brand New Breeze is probably her most well-known work – it got a fair boost with the La Corda d’Oro anime tie-in. For an anime series focusing on the beauty and inspiring power of music, this opening single does more than enough justice.

Brand New Breeze, though classically inspired, utilizes only electronic accompaniment. The synthesized strings float gently and the percussion is toned down nicely by synths. Vocal-wise, the one image I can liken her voice to is water – it’s crystal clear and flows. The song’s title is very appropriate because that’s the feeling I get when I hear her opera-esque notes and her airy self-recorded backing vocals. Even the cheesy, badly acted narration in the middle doesn’t dampen my liking for this song. In general, this is probably as pop as Kanon’s songs get.

The Power seems like it might be an energetic song from the title, but it’s more about quiet inner strength. It has a much calmer feel than the A-side, with piano and light percussion backing instead. The Power emanates peace and purity. Lyrically, a lot of the song is in English so it’s possible to get the gist of the meaning. This is nowhere near a hymn but the overall feel and the choir-like backing vocals near the end make it sound like one of those inspirational songs. As for who the lyrics are directed at, I think the singer is thanking God for His guidance.

Overall Grade: A

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