It's been a while since I did an article on either Ruiko Kurahashi （倉橋ルイ子）or Takao Horiuchi（堀内孝雄）, so I decided to do a isseki nicho and cover their September 1985 love song duet, "Hanrira". I first encountered this song on one of Kurahashi's BEST compilations, and it's a tune that has slowly grown on me. The reason for the length of time is perhaps the fact that the melody by Horiuchi is not quite the ennui-laden pop that Kurahashi has often covered or the folk/pop that Horiuchi usually sings. It also feels a bit exotic (and maybe even arboreal) thanks to that certain synthesizer and the whistle. But Horiuchi's melody is very mellow and relaxing...almost like a lullaby.
|I've always wondered if Ruiko was just getting|
exasperated at being repeatedly asked about
the meaning of "Hanrira" in the cover photo.