A New Start

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A New Start
Album Cover Art - A New Start.jpg
Song Information
Release DateJanuary 17, 2022
LyricsKota Morita Kota Morita & Mori Calliope
ComposerTomoari Taguma (Dream Monster)
ArrangementTomoari Taguma (Dream Monster)
MixingTomoari Taguma (Dream Monster)
MasteringTomoari Taguma (Dream Monster)
Video Editingえーれ えーれ
Illustration代々 代々
Logo DesignSpiritsnare Spiritsnare
SubtitlesEric Zheng, T-chan
Digital ReleaseLink
Instrumentalpiapro

"A New Start" is the first original song by Nanashi Mumei. First previewed during her debut stream on 23rd August, 2021,[1] the song was digitally released on 17th January, 2022[2] with the music video's premiere releasing later that same day.[3]

Track listing[edit source]

No. Title Length
1 A New Start 3:49
2 A New Start (Instrumental) 3:49

Milestones[edit source]

2021[edit source]

  • Aug. 23 Song previewed during debut stream.[1]
  • Dec. 14 Song release ETA announced for January 2022.[4]

2022[edit source]

  • Jan. 10 Preview trailer release date.[5]
  • Jan. 16 Song preview (from debut) sung twice during karaoke stream.[6]
  • Jan. 17 Single and music video release date.[3]
  • Jan. 18 Instrumental release date in piapro, and full song sung three times during after party stream.[7]
  • Jan. 29 Music video reached 1 million views.
  • Apr. 03 Music video reached 2 million views.

Lyrics[edit source]

Lyrics are taken from the official music video.

[Verse 1]
Ages ago, like pages of fairy tales
Every pain, self-contained, written by memory
古ぼけた約束じゃあなく
明日の為の記憶さ

[Pre-Chorus]
争うことに疲れたのなら
There’s gotta be more
Still unexplored, so follow—

[Chorus]
まだ知らないトビラを開けて
美しい世界を見に行こう
この瞬間さえ過去になる
歩き続ける限り
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
新しい地図は真っ白でも
目の前には A new start

[Verse 2]
Ages ago, like pages of story books
Flip, re-write, days and nights, endless monotony
繰り返しの毎日から
抜け出すための一歩目さ

[Pre-Chorus]
何も変わらない退屈を捨て
There’s gotta be more
Waiting in store, I’ll find it—

[Chorus]
怖いことも託さなるし
汚れてしまうかもしれないけど
何もないままで枯れるより
傷ついてたいから
All my loneliest days are self-reflection filled and warm
Not too far and away, the next direction’s taking form
Even if it's been done, though I don't remember when
Let it feel like the first time again
終わらない旅に出かけよう
探してるのは A new start

[Pre-Chorus]
誰かじゃなくて自分のために
These are the sands,
On which it began, so long ago

[Chorus]
まだ知らないトビラを開けて
美しい世界を見に行こう
この瞬間さえ過去になる
歩き続ける限り
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
​When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
新しい地図は彩られ
その手の中に A new start

[Verse 1]
Ages ago, like pages of fairy tales
Every pain, self-contained, written by memory
Furuboketa yakusoku janaku
Asu no tame no kioku sa

[Pre-Chorus]
Arasou koto ni tsukareta no nara
There’s gotta be more
Still unexplored, so follow—

[Chorus]
Mada shiranai tobira o akete
Utsukushii sekai o mi ni ikou
Kono shunkan sae kako ni naru
Arukitsuzukeru kagiri
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
Atarashii chizu wa masshiro demo
Me no mae ni wa A new start

[Verse 2]
Ages ago, like pages of story books
Flip, re-write, days and nights, endless monotony
Kurikaeshi no mainichi kara
Nukedasu tame no ippo me sa

[Pre-Chorus]
Nani mo kawaranai taikutsu o sute
There’s gotta be more
Waiting in store, I’ll find it—

[Chorus]
Kowai koto mo takusan aru shi
Yogoreteshimau kamo shirenai kedo
Nani mo nai mama de kareru yori
Kizutsuiteitai kara
All my loneliest days are self-reflection filled and warm
Not too far and away, the next direction’s taking form
Even if it's been done, though I don't remember when
Let it feel like the first time again
Owaranai tabi ni dekakeyou
Sagashiteru no wa A new start

[Pre-Chorus]
Dareka janakute jibun no tameni
These are the sands,
On which it began, so long ago

[Chorus]
Mada shiranai tobira o akete
Utsukushii sekai o mi ni ikou
Kono shunkan sae kako ni naru
Arukitsuzukeru kagiri
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
​When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
Atarashii chizu wa irodorare
Sono te no naka ni A new start

[Verse 1]
Ages ago, like pages of fairy tales
Every pain, self-contained, written by memory
Not old, faded promises
They're memories for tomorrow

[Pre-Chorus]
If you're tired of all the fighting
There’s gotta be more
Still unexplored, so follow—

[Chorus]
Open the door into the unknown
We'll go out and see this beautiful world
Even this moment will become the past
So long as we keep walking on
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
If your new map is just a blank, white sheet
Before you is a new start

[Verse 2]
Ages ago, like pages of story books
Flip, re-write, days and nights, endless monotony
Every day was always the same
I'm taking the first step to escape

[Pre-Chorus]
​I'm done with the boring old everyday
There’s gotta be more
Waiting in store, I’ll find it—

[Chorus]
There are lots of scary things out there
I might even end up dirty and disheveled
But I don't want to grow old without doing anything
I'd rather get myself hurt
All my loneliest days are self-reflection filled and warm
Not too far and away, the next direction’s taking form
Even if it's been done, though I don't remember when
Let it feel like the first time again
Let's go out on a never-ending journey
Searching for a new start

[Pre-Chorus]
Not for anyone but myself
These are the sands,
On which it began, so long ago

[Chorus]
Open the door into the unknown
We'll go out and see this beautiful world
Even this moment will become the past
So long as we keep walking on
Nothing strange about straying, if you’re true to who you are
​When one story has ended, 'round the bend’s a whole new start
With this map in my hand, wanderlust inside my heart
Seeking still that out-of-reach Great Beyond!
Your new map will be filled with color
And in your hand will be a new start

Media[edit source]

Audio[edit source]

Spotify release

Videos[edit source]

A New Start
A New Start (Instrumental)
A New Start

Trivia[edit source]

  • Originally planned to release around debut,[8] a large reason for the delayed release was Mumei's self-consciousness regarding her own vocal contributions. These feelings persisted until the song's premiere and beyond;[9][10] with her muting the video during the song's premiere.[11]
    • When the song was being developed, Mumei was given a choice between numerous melodies that would form the basis of the song. She finally settled upon the melody that she thought was catchiest.[12]
    • All vocals for the song were recorded in a closet for sound cancellation purposes,[13] but she was often frustrated by the presence of background noise (from neighbours) when she was able to find opportunities to record.[14]
  • The song's lyrics were originally entirely in Japanese and despite a general unease singing in Japanese, Mumei decided that a 50/50 split of Japanese to English would be both appropriate and comfortable enough for her. After struggling to translate half of the song and make the English lyrics adequately "flow" by herself, she approached Mori Calliope for help.[15] Mumei was surprised when Calli not only ended up writing all of the English lyrics but also, entirely of her own volition, further created a vocal guide to assist Mumei in singing the lyrics.[16]
    • The original Japanese lyrics were written based on a paragraph-long brief created by Mumei which explained what she envisaged the song being about.[17]
  • The scope of the project was broadened to further include a music video after Mumei was unexpectedly satisfied with how her final recorded vocals sounded.[18]
    • She was inspired to commission Ehre for the music video after watching the music video of Interact Fantasia by hololive 3rd Generation (Hololive Fantasy).[19]
    • Artists who worked on the song were afforded liberal artistic freedom so that Mumei could visually see their thoughts and impressions upon hearing the song for the first time.[20]
  • Mumei initially struggled when singing the song live because many vocal lines heard in the single were recorded independently of one another.[21] As a result, when it came to performing the song through continuously, she was unfamiliar with the most appropriate times in which she should be taking breaths between lines.[22]
  • She is not aware of how much money went into the creation of the song.[23]

External links[edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 (Aug. 23, 2021). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2gwJ-7s0Zo&t=2649s
  2. (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://cover.lnk.to/ANewStart
  3. 3.0 3.1 (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py21QCndbxc
  4. (Dec. 14, 2021). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tou8_PGEoY&t=2039s
  5. (Jan. 10, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_H3LIi4X-k
  6. (Jan. 16, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjEiRm8apMI (privated stream)
  7. (Jan. 18, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=3394s
  8. (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFrMtF6wwHo&t=699s
  9. (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFrMtF6wwHo&t=263s
  10. (Jan. 20, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqieL3hVAwk&t=2952s
  11. (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFrMtF6wwHo&t=812s
  12. (Jan. 20, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqieL3hVAwk&t=3569s
  13. (Jan. 20, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqieL3hVAwk&t=3664s
  14. (Mar. 02, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_dlIvZi2P0&t=5994s
  15. (Jan. 17, 2021). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFrMtF6wwHo&t=583s
  16. (Jan. 18. 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=2232s
  17. (Jan. 20, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqieL3hVAwk&t=4342s
  18. (Dec. 14, 2021). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tou8_PGEoY&t=2093s
  19. (Jan. 18, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=835s
  20. (Jan. 18, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=905s
  21. (Jan. 18, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=2429s
  22. (Jan. 18, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHD5NpaWMY&t=4456s
  23. (Jan. 17, 2022). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFrMtF6wwHo&t=1362s