Kanon Wakeshima: still doll

1. still doll

2. Kuroi Torikago

3. still doll (Orgel Version)

still doll is Kanon Wakeshima’s debut single, released on May 28th, 2008. It reached #33 on Oricon and sold over 6 838 copies. It was produced by MANA from Malice Mizer and Moi Dix Mois (“me ten months” in French) and was selected as the first opening sequence on Vampire Knight. Kanon Wakeshima began playing the cello at age three, and is at this point considered a virtuoso.

First, let’s get over the bad parts of still doll, and I know some people will hate me for saying this, but still. The main thing still doll is missing is a catchy line or two. The entire song, I was waiting for some really catchy part, but it never came. Secondly, the song was pretty sort, at merely 3:18. So; now to the positive parts of this song. Well, for one, this has got to be the most impressive debut single of the year. still doll is an eerie tune, with absolutely everything it needs to be onr the most unique singles ever released by a Japanese artist. On his blog, MANA correctly stated that the song was “ambient, French and eletronica”. The song does have touches of electronic music in the background, which makes the song all the more eerie. Although it has certain weak points, Kanon’s cello managed to add a distinctive beauty to the song. The song the most similar to still doll would probably be Ashita e no Sanka; both move along very slowly and the lyrics are very sparse and low. Ashita e no Sanka is better simply because the structure is far more imposing.

Kuroi Torikago (black bird-cage) is a disappointment. I really didn’t like the vocals on this song, and I think that the song was a little bit to free-spirited. The cello was, as for the A-Side, wonderful, but the rest of the song was just weird and uncomfortable.

I have nothing else to say about still doll (Orgel Version) than that it’s an enjoyable, soft version of still doll. It is not a remix, but an instrumental of the song.


1 Response to “Kanon Wakeshima: still doll”

  1. 1 Misa April 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Her Music is amazing!

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