Kalafina: fairytale

fairytale, Kalafina1. fairytale

2. serenato

3. sprinter (instrumental)

fairytale is Kalafina’s third single, released on December 24th, 2008. It reached #10 on Oricon. The title track was used as the ending theme to the fifth installment of Kara no Kyoukai (boundaries on emptiness). As usual, all songs were composed and written by Yuki Kajiura. This is the first single where only three of the four girls originally forming Kalafina are present. Whether the missing one has left the band or not has not yet been announced.

While it may not seem so, fairytale is definitely a Christmas song. It has Latin chants, the title itself is an allusion to the so-to-say “fairytale” of the birth of Christ, and it’s a gentle song, as opposed to oblivious and sprinter, who both used dance beats. And while this song may not be quite as interesting as the two previous singles, I think it is their best A-Side so far. It does have a few flaws, in particular the sloppy ending, but otherwise I think it’s in a completely other league than oblivious and sprinter/ARIA.

serenato is Kalafina’s best song, and there’s not questioning. While fairytale sampled Latin choir music, serenato has hints of Chinese music, in particular the high-pitched chants in the back. This song reminds me a lot of what Kajiura wrote for the soundtrack of Madlax (a pretty interesting series, if you like anime), with its exotic feel. A must hear for anyone in to Shimatani Hitomi’s crossover style or string ensembles.

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