Long time no see! It's been a pretty hectic year for me but Dots' new solo work has brought me out from under the rock.
Let me just say this, "I and Ai" is fucking BANGIN'. This is -I daresay- his greatest release as of yet. You can tell he's done his share of experimentation and is going more for a more heavily electronic sound this time around. And I love that blipity-blip shit.
Anyway, first song on the roster is Shinku na SEPPUN, which is my favorite track on the album on first listen. I can sense some industrial influences in this and it's really hot. Of course, Dots puts in lots of art school type lyrics in it to keep us interested.
Here is my theory on the who I and Ai(愛) business.
In Japanese, the english word "Love" can be equivocated to either Ai(愛) or Koi(恋). Even though most people use the word Ai for their screen names or Japanglish talk, in reality our Western concept of 'love' is more accurately Koi rather than Ai. Koi is specifically for romantic love whereas Ai is a more open-ended 'universal' love that extends to inanimate objects, platonic love, etc. Ai is associated with the concept of "amae" or the passive reception of love that forms the basis of some of the strongest human bonds.
I theorize that Dots is not only using the english word "I" as a homonym, but also using the english meaning of "I" as a single conscious entity when referring to "Ai", personifying love and also making the relationship with him and whomever he's singing about a single "love" entity.
Okay enough of that let's get on to the song.
The torrents for this album are up on Jpopsuki so I highly recommend you go and pirate them. You should of course support Dots if you have money to spend but tbh the whole putting out 3 different slightly different versions of the same 15 songs is lame and you should fight the system. Yes I'm encouraging piracy. Use all that money you saved to go see him in concert and buy all his weird concert goods. If you guys want any other songs from this album or the single translated, scans or links to scans of the lyrics pages would be very helpful! I happened to find a transcription of this particular song so I was lucky.
If you want to preview this song you can listen to it on my muxtape
.( 244 endli-x - Shinku na SEPPUNCollapse )