暁Records – 花言の葉 (Flowery Petals)

It’s time once again for more 暁Records!

This time featuring 花言の葉.
I actually recognized two of the kanji – 言 (Word) and 葉 (Leaf).
I’ve also learned that 花 is read as はな (hana), which means flower.

Put them together and you get something like… Leaves of flower words?
Google translates it to Flowery Leaves, which definitely sounds better.
But I decided to one-up Google and go with Flowery Petals, because I have to think that the “leaf of a flower” that is referenced here actually refers to flower petals.

That said, if someone knows what 花言 means, I’d love to hear it, because I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe it really does mean flowery?

The original ZUN / Touhou track inspiration for this one is Plain Asia. I can definitely hear the similarities, but they also sound very different as the timing in Plain Asia is much different from Flowery Leaves. The melody of Plain Asia sort of stutters a bit, which makes it distinct from Flowery Leaves which is a consistent gentle flow. Plain Asia also has some creepy sounding parts inbetween the more melodic sections of the song, while Flowery Leaves doesn’t have anything like that.

Flowery Petals, even if it’s not the correct name, is an excellent name for this song. It’s such a gentle and beautiful song. Really lives up to the name. It also sounds very Japanese, with all the traditional sounding instruments in the background. Just a very beautiful song.

And that seems to be the specialty of cheluce, the vocalist for this one.
She also did the vocals for 月見草 / Evening Primrose, which I’ve covered and is one of my favourites by Akatsuki Records. Both Evening Primrose and Flowery Petals have a similar sound / style, so if you like one, you’ll probably like the other.

Naturally, I love the vocals for this song.
Beautiful is the best word to describe cheluce’s voice.

I’m going to rate Flowery Petals a 5 / 5.
It’s a very beautiful song that is worth listening to!

Until next time,
Thanks for reading / listening!


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