A new album has been announced! Prism / プリズム will be Oku Hanako’s eighth album and it will be released on October 28, 2015. This is another 10th Anniversary release, and for some reason, it’s being called an “Original Album”.
This album will come in two editions: a CD-only edition, a CD+DVD edition, and a special 10th anniversary edition with 2 CDs and 3 DVDs (box set) that is only available by pre-order before noon of September 28 through Pony Canyon[jp].
So far, these tracks are going to be on the track list:
- Kimi ga Kureta Natsu / 君がくれた夏 (“The Summer You Gave Me”)
- Taisetsu na Mono / 大切なもの (“Valuable Things)
- Kusabi / 楔 ‐くさび‐ (“Wedge”)
- Hanabi / 花火 (“Fireworks”)
- Usotsuki / 嘘つき (“Liar”)
- Tomodachi no Mama de / 友達のままで (“Staying Friends”)
- Tokyo Kurashi / 東京暮らし (“Tokyo Life”)
If this is the full track list, it’s a little disappointing because about half the songs have already been released. Also, if this is everything, then I have no idea what the significance of “prism” is; all her other releases are either named after one of the songs on it or have something to do with them. “Prism” just seems so arbitrary, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Curiously, Tokyo Kurashi was written as 「東京暮らし」他 in the blog post. “Hoka” / 他 means “other”; does this mean that this song isn’t by her (at least not entirely)? Does it mean that this isn’t a song but something else, like a spoken message? Does it mean that there are other songs not listed? Is this a bonus track? Could it be a typo? I’m not sure what it means, but my guess is that it’s not actually a song.
On the DVD, there is:
- Kimi ga Kureta Natsu music video / 「君がくれた夏」MV
- Making of the music video for Kimi ga Kureta Natsu / 「君がくれた夏」MVメイキング映像
- Kusabi music video / 「楔 ‐くさび‐」MV
- Making of the music video for Kusabi / 「楔 ‐くさび‐」MVメイキング映像
- Hanabi music video /「花火」MV
- 10th year annivserary single recording off shot / 10周年記念シングルレコーディングオフショット
- Oku Hanako concert 2014 “Fuyu no Okuri Mono” night 1 with String quartet 2014.12.27 in the Nihonbashi Hall (select songs) / 奥華子コンサート2014「冬の贈りもの」第一夜 with String quartet 2014.12.27 in 日本橋三井ホール（厳選曲）
- Oku Hanako concert 2014 “Fuyu no Okuri Mono” night 2 with My friends 2014.12.28 in the Nihonbashi Hall (select songs) / 奥華子コンサート2014「冬の贈りもの」第二夜with My friends 2014.12.28 in 日本橋三井ホール（厳選曲）
(I’m not going to transliterate it. It’s too tricky)
The special 10th anniversary edition comes with the two above as well as:
- CD 2: Special benefits CD <10 years ago, I tried telling you to play -Maniac Hen-> (imaginary) / スペシャル特典CD＜10年振り返り、弾き語ってみた。‐マニアック編‐＞（仮）
- DVD 2: Oku Hanako Hikigatari 2013 Last Letter 2013.01.19 in Zepp Tokyo / 奥華子 弾き語り 2013 Last Letter 2013.01.19 in Zepp Tokyo
- DVD 3: Oku Hanako BAND LIVE TOUR 2013 2013.01.19 in Zepp Tokyo / 奥華子 BAND LIVE TOUR 2013 2013.01.19 in Zepp Tokyo
The translation is probably wrong for CD 2.
I’m excited to hear the new songs,
but not so much for the release itself because half of it isn’t new, unless there’s more they’re not telling us. I also wonder if any of the new ones are from her indies. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.