My, it’s almost 10 years already since Oku Hanako debuted as a major artist. Can you believe it? I can’t find any information on exactly when she signed with Pony Canyon, her record label, but her first major release was on July 27, 2005 (Yasashii Hana / やさしい花).
In celebration of her 10th anniversary, she’s releasing another single[jp]: Kusabi / 楔-くさび. Yes, it’s that popular indies song of hers. Just like all the other indies songs that got turned into singles, it will be resung and arranged; according to Barks, strings have been added to make it even more emotional. I can’t wait to hear how this turns out!
The single will be released on July 22. In the meantime, I know you now have the urge to listen to the original, so here it is: