|Album Title:||Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister) Original Soundtrack|
|Movie Title:||Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister)|
|Release Date:||June 10, 2015|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Amazon|
|01. NATSU NO HYOUSHI||Yoko Kanno||1:30|
|02. UMIMACHI DIARY||Yoko Kanno||2:05|
|03. KAJIKA SAWA IKI||Yoko Kanno||1:09|
|04. IMOUTO||Yoko Kanno||0:22|
|05. SUZUNO THEME-UMI HE||Yoko Kanno||1:39|
|06. FUSHIGI NA JUUNIN TACHI||Yoko Kanno||1:40|
|07. WATASHI NO HE YA||Yoko Kanno||1:03|
|08. RYOUASHI ZUKAI||Yoko Kanno||1:15|
|09. MOMIJIGAYATSU||Yoko Kanno||0:56|
|10. SAKAMICHI-SUZUNO THEME||Yoko Kanno||1:06|
|11. IRUMINA||Yoko Kanno||1:43|
|12. TSUBOMI||Yoko Kanno||0:33|
|13. SAKURA TUNNEL||Yoko Kanno||1:41|
|14. SAZANAMI TSUUSHIN||Yoko Kanno||0:26|
|15. ENGAWA||Yoko Kanno||0:45|
|16. NAMIUCHIGIWA NITE||Yoko Kanno||1:21|
|17. KOU ARE||Yoko Kanno||0:42|
|18. HANABI||Yoko Kanno||1:14|
|19. HASHIRA NO KIZU||Yoko Kanno||0:34|
|20. JARERU||Yoko Kanno||1:12|
|21. KOKO NI ITE IIN DAYO||Yoko Kanno||0:44|
|22. END ROLL||Yoko Kanno||5:17|
|23. Drama Scene: [NATSU] YORI||Yoko Kanno||5:58|
|24. Drama Scene: [AKI] YORI||Yoko Kanno||4:11|
|25. Drama Scene: [FUYU] YORI||Yoko Kanno||2:44|
|26. Drama Scene: [HARU] YORI||Yoko Kanno||2:44|
Review: Yoko Kanno’s score for Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister) comes from a place of kindness, a place where the familial bonds envelope you in a cloth of loving tenderness. Anime fans have long been exposed to Yoko Kanno‘s flashy, action-packed melodies; what often gets overlooked is her softer, gentler side. Umimachi Diary‘s soundtrack brings that side of her to the forefront. It takes us by the hand, guides us into Hirokazu Koreeda’s compelling drama, and lingers long afterward, leaving us heartened, maybe even inspired by the experience.
And true to that gentleness, the soundtrack leads in with “NATSU NO HYOUSHI”, a piece featuring a serene harp melody that meanders about. A piano accompaniment joins about halfway through, trickling in with a sense of curiosity and wonder. As the melody continues its course, the harp’s progress makes it clear that this is just the beginning. The music serves as a staging point for a superb main theme.
NATSU NO HYOUSHI
“UMIMACHI DIARY” is where Yoko Kanno unveils her capacity to write deeply moving fare. The opening chord’s heartwarming aura ripples forth, drawing me in with a wonderful meld of strings, woodwinds, and piano that swells and flutters. The manner in which they come together not only captures how the lives of the three older sisters and their half-sister become intertwined, it also shows how the cords of love, family, and friendship reinforce their relationship. The musical result is overwhelming in its pathos and the strength of this passion is what sets the movie’s musical foundation.
But it’s not the only theme to serve that function. “SUZUNO THEME-UMI HE” introduces Suzuno’s motif. In its inception, the motif’s guitar melody is quietly flushed with innocence and an earnest desire to find a sense of belonging. As the piece continues, the main theme comes in, carrying that hopeful yearning to new and greater heights. These emotions become fully realized in “SAKURA TUNNEL” where the ostinato makes way for soaring strings that shake off all restraints. The effusive joy that’s unleashed contains a reassurance that there is no thought too outlandish, no dream unattainable. Its delivery is absolutely sublime.
SUZUNO THEME-UMI HE
The story then continues with a bit of trepidation along with an undercurrent of eagerness, conveyed through the delicate piano in “FUSHIGI NA JUUNIN TACHI”. Once that mood is established, the cello comes in with a stately melody to offer reassurance for the start of a wonderful new life. One particular noteworthy track that comes later is “IRUMINA”, which has the echo of many a fluttering Kanno vocal classic. The singer’s delivery is ethereal in her lightness, but she still carries many a sparkling moment which, together, imparts an aura of quiet contentment that uplifts in its loveliness.
FUSHIGI NA JUUNIN TACHI
By the time you reach “END ROLL”, you might have noticed that Umimachi Diary‘s music is less varied than the typical soundtrack. But the recurring themes and motifs come together to capture the heartfelt emotions that bubble up in Koreeda’s film. Through the vignettes and the accompanying music, you’re left with a sense for the love and trust that tie the siblings together. And what lingers is a profound happiness in knowing that they’ll always be there for each other, no matter what.