Darling Wondering Staring / STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER was Aira Mitsuki’s 3rd single. It was released May 7, 2008 and was a Tower Records exclusive release.
1. Darling Wondering Staring
2. STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER
3. Darling Wondering Staring (PLASTIC FANTASTIC remix)
4. STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER (digital mp-3 mastering ver.)
5. Darling Wondering Staring (instrumental)
First up on the single is Darling Wondering Staring which begins with some space sounding noises and Mistuki’s distorted vocals. During the vocals, you can just barely hear birds chirping in the background, which is only acoustic guitar but than the synth and beats come in as time advances. The lyrics in this song are about half and half in English and Japanese, English during the verses and Japanese during the chorus. It’s a pretty soft, relaxing song with some above average instrumentals that really set the space-y mood.
STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER is a cover of the original song made by Cornelius in 1998. Beginning with some synth and fast acoustis guitar, you’d think this song would be more upbeat than the previous track and it is, but it still barely manages to maintain the relaxed atmosphere(mostly due to the inclusion of the acoustic guitar), just adding more sparkle to it. The chorus is really simple, the only lyrics being the song name itself and sounds pretty nice, I preferred the verses however.
Darling Wondering Staring (PLASTIC FANTASTIC remix) is a lot different from the original as it completely changes all previous synth and arrangement for a more heavy dance-edge type. Beginning with some strong beats and very distorted “Darling” lyrics leading into some organ sounding synth, this song makes for an interesting listen. I really did like this remix, no matter how much little lyrics it did have.
STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER (digital mp-3 mastering ver.) gives some hardly noticeable buffs to the original in terms of sound quality, exactly the same song otherwise.
This is probably my favorite single from Aira Mitsuki so far. I REALLY liked the atmosphere the first song gave off and it’s remix, which is probably the best remix she’s done for a song on a single yet. I’m a sucker for STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER‘s acoustic guitar and is a worthy a-side next to Darling Wondering Staring.