Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Mari Iijima -- Cecile no Amagasa (Version II) (セシールの雨傘 (Version II))
Although I knew some of Mari Iijima’s (飯島真理) work for some time, it wasn’t until very recently that I came across “Cecile no Amagasa (Version II)” (セシールの雨傘 (Version II)). And while I listened to it for the very first time, my conclusion was that every second of it was great.
A true 80s masterpiece, “Cecile no Amagasa (Version II)” features some minimalistic and repetitive synths that together with the strong and consistent beat will mark the pace of the song. To be honest, this song is full of interesting things, like the melancholic melody, the gentle and vulnerable vocals, the subtle yet present piano, and even a sax solo in the middle of it. All these things together are what make this song such a nice listen. I don't know it that's the case, but I also ended up categorizing this song as City Pop. Maybe I'm wrong, but the idea kept floating in my mind.
Also, as the name points out, the version presented above is not the original single version of the song, but a "(Version II)" that can be found in Mari’s fourth album, “KIMONO STEREO”, which was released in November 1985 (source: wiki.jp). The arrangement of both versions shares some similarities, but are also quite different. My preference, of course, is toward the album version, as, for me, it's a lot more polished, while the single version lacks some impact. But you can check the original single version in its official video below. Quality of sound and video are not amazing, though.
The music for “Cecile no Amagasa” was composed by Mari Iijima herself, while the lyrics were written by Takashi Matsumoto (松本隆).