Music Rec Wednesday: Malice Mizer – Regret

This is a feature called Music Rec Wednesdays. As you can guess from the name, I’m going to make a post recommending a song, album, or artist I like. Not a full review, just some thoughts on what I like. 

This week I’m recommending a beautiful instrumental featuring a nice duet between a piano and drums. The song, Regret, was performed live during a Malice Mizer concert in 1996. Gackt, the lead singer at the time, played the piano part and Kami the drummer joined in as the song reaches its peak. It’s a piece of music that really makes you feel the emotion of the title.

Firstly, I really love how the song starts out. It’s simple. Just a melody that stretches itself out. Some parts are slow while others are suddenly fast, brief and unexpected. If I were to interpret the emotion “regret,” that would be how it would begin for me: a slow creeping feeling that takes you by surprise. The tone of this part of the song is sad and perhaps stereotypically “regretful.”

Around the 2 minute mark, the song picks up the pace a little, bit by bit. The music becomes more complicated, with the notes flowing like a whirlwind at times. And yet, despite all this, the main melody remains simple as it is repeated. I guess that you could say regret is a complicated emotion. You may regret your actions and wallow in misery at first, and then you may take that regret and use it to move forward, fix mistakes, and try to move on, even if you still feel bad.

There is a brief pause and then Kami comes in on the drums at 2:53 (with an unseen synthesizer as well). Kami’s drum part is strong and powerful adding an intense sound to the rapid piano notes Gackt begins to play. To me, this is where the tone becomes more upbeat. This seems like the part where you move past the regret. The feeling is still there, like the melody which has grown ever more complicated, but also there’s a sense that things have become different. The song has grown exponentially since those few quiet notes at the beginning.

My favorite part of the song is at 4:20 when Gackt begins a beautiful section of rapid 16th notes. That part always makes me think of a waterfall for some strange reason. A longer version of this same sort of thing ends the song around 5:13ish.

All in all, it’s one of my top 5 favorite pieces of instrumental music. What do you think about the piece?

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