Kalafina: Oblivious

1. Oblivious

2. Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaeteiku

3. Kizuato

Oblivious is Kalafina’s debut single, released on January 23rd, 2008. It reached #8 on Oricon and has sold 38 695 copies. Kalafina was founded by famous composer Kajiura Yuki in order to provide the theme songs for the seven chapters of the series Kara no Kyoukai (boundaries or emptiness). All the songs on this single were used in order of appearance for the first three movies.

Oblivious makes it quite obvious why this single reached #8 on Oricon. It opens with lines of synth and ad-libbing, before adding a concrete beat in the back with a gorgeous voice (I can’t tell which one of the four girls is singing, Keiko perhaps?). The verses are absolutely fantastic of the highest quality, but then comes the just plain gorgeous and catchy chorus. The relatively lengthy bridge was very nice and helped make this song even better. As with all their songs, the combination of four beautiful voices creates something very beautiful. The lyrics of this song are sort of weird, but the first installment of Kara no Kyoukai helps understand what they are about.

Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaeteiku (you become the light) opens with a deeper voice and a modest piano playing the same not almost the entire time, while the vocals take control of the melody. The piano slowly affirms itself a little more in the song later, but until the middle of the song, it stays relatively bland. After that comes a slightly more upbeat part with a more powerful beat and strings, which I thought wasn’t bad, but could’ve been done well without. I’m still not a big fan of the canons which come so frequently in their songs, but I guess it’s not so bad here.

Kizuato (scar) is halfway between Oblivious and Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaeteiku: it’s dramatic, yet more low-key than the A-Side, but features a more outgoing ensemble of instruments than the first B-Side. I’m not sure which of the two B-Sides is better, but when I look back, I think the first B-Side was better. There’s nothing particularly catchy or beautiful about this one to make it stand out from the rest of the songs on this single, but it’s still a more-than-decent B-Side.

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