Welcome back, Seri Ishikawa（石川セリ）! It's been a while.
I took a listen to my CD of "Seri Ishikawa ~ Golden Best Singles and More" for the first time in a long while, and as hoped, some of those songs on her BEST compilation, which fairly flew by on the first listen, coalesced into something more substantial.
Case in point: Ishikawa's 5th single from January 1976, "Hitori Shibai" (Performing Solo). This was composed by Yumi Arai（荒井由実）who also came up with another Seri song in the same year that I had written about a few years ago titled "Asayake ga Kieru Mae ni"（朝焼けが消える前に）. Whereas "Asayake ga Kieru Mae ni" has this languid but fairly cheerful pace of life in the city, "Hitori Shibai" is a more bittersweet and reflective song about trying to get beyond the end of a relationship.
I can't really put my finger on it but when I re-acquainted myself with the song, I just knew that there was the Yuming（ユーミン）touch in the melody. Maybe a very dedicated Yuming fan or a musicologist can add more insight there. This time, the lyrics were provided by Takashi Matsumoto（松本隆）although I could imagine Arai having laid the words in since they give some tiny vignettes about a woman's memories of her former beau's habits and preferences.
Ishikawa doesn't have the widest range when it comes to her voice, but it does have those creamy and dreamy qualities. I can say that it also has a certain hypnotic quality which could also provide that key to some nostalgic reveries.