August marked the return of a special singer dearest to my nostalgic heart: Tamaki Nami! Her first official solo single in over 5 years, Nami is back with ‘Connect the Truth’, a track that brings you back to the mid-00s, when Nami’s career was at an all-time high and anime music was (and still is) so cool.
Tying itself in with the dorama ‘Ultraman Z’, Nami strives to bring something fun for her older fans and newer fans alike. But is this single going to connect with us, or is the truth far more uglier upon listen? Read on…
The A-side song of her new single is “Connect the Truth“, which takes her back to her heavy dance-rock roots. The track is incredibly nostalgic, going for that 00s anime-opening vibe. Filled to the brim with synth, piano, electric guitar, and twinkles of noise that you’d normally hear in a Gundam SEED song, “Connect the Truth” is much better than I thought it would be, and I am glad she is going back in this direction (I was never fond of her R&B or her K-pop renditions), and with Lantis of all labels! I will say, I don’t think I’m going to be listen to this too often, as it lacks the oomph of a hard-hitting chorus, and I think Nami is very mellowed down vocally, so it doesn’t feel quite as fun or powerful as it should. That being said, even if I myself can’t connect to its truth, I hope today’s generation of J-pop lovers will connect with Nami’s music more! ⬛
Romanization: Usagi wa Sabishikunai
Translation: Lonely Rabbit
The B-side, “Usagi wa Sabishikunai“, is Nami delving back into electro territory, going for a track that sounds like it belongs on her album, ‘Ready!’. It’s the better song of the two, as it feels a little more coherent and has a nice flow to it that I was hoping the A-side would have. It’s hard-hitting on the electric guitar but also incorporates a heavy synth with robotic-like melodies in the background. Here, Nami’s voice is Auto-Tuned but not to a large extent, giving her vocals an appropriate robotic-like tinge. It’s a fun dance track, though I do prefer her older material over this… it just doesn’t quite catch me. That being said, I think this is one lonely rabbit that might win me over with time. ⬛
Sadly, this is not going to be one of my favorite Nami singles, nor will it be one I’ll be listening to every now and then. I just don’t really have the feeling I want out of these two tracks. That being said, I’m sure there are plenty of fans of Nami and of Lantis and of Ultraman Z who would dig these two songs, so I certainly hope more people discover Nami for all her awesome earlier tracks! I don’t really connect to the two songs, despite their best efforts of taking us back to the mid-2000s, but it was a great effort, nonetheless. Welcome back, Nami!