Eir Aoi Drops Surprise Digital Release of New Song ‘Iris’

23.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Eir Aoi’s new song Iris―which is used as the ending theme song for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization―is set for physical release on October 24, but the singer surprised fans by dropping the song digitally one day prior without any announcements which sparked a huge reaction on social media.

The song is already charting high across digital music platforms. The singer had the following to say: “The plant Iris in the language of flowers means ‘hope.’ The kind of hope always given to you by a very special person. I thought it would be good to return that hope to that important person you respect. That’s what this song is about. I hope it’s a relevant song for someone.―Eir.”

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    Eir Aoi: Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka Music Video

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    Aoi’s statement

    My new song Tsuki o Ou Mayonaka is an upbeat song which reminds us of the times we have been frantically persuing something. The theme of the song is tying ourselves close to the people whom are precious to us and the belief that our precious memories will not be destroyed by anyone or anything. The title of the song is a metaphor to show that no matter how far deep we fall into a dark place, the people precious to us will always act as a shining beacon of light to guide us out. You will be so shocked at the level of inhumanity of some of these characters! Watching the series made my heart ache but each character is so unique you won’t be able to help but watch. I am afraid of giving away spoilers so I won’t talk too much but I am sure that if you watch it then your heart will be pierced too!

     

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    Eir Aoi just dropped her 4th studio album FRAGMENT on April 17 which is themed around “fragments of everyday life.” It’s a personal and real record that gives insight into Aoi as a person.


    The tracklist includes her hit single Ryuusei as well as Ima written and composed by Yoshiki Mizuno of Ikimono-gakari, Puzzle Telepathy written and composed by up-and-coming singer-songwriter KanoeRana, and more. The title track Fragment was written and composed by Eir Aoi herself. The lyrics paints a picture of everyday life as the song begins with the person having overslept.

     

    Grow Up features lyrics also written by Aoi and centres around going through a rebellious phase. The song is a mix of lyrical content we have never seen before from Aoi and a rock sound.

    Be sure to check out the music video for yourself in which we are shown the characteristic elements of a rebellious phase: the initial conflict and the regretful aftermath.

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