Hiroi Sekai
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Stargazing: Memories - Coalamode.

I hope each and every one of you enjoyed yourselves throughout the year of 2015, and hopefully you made a lot of wonderful memories along those 12 months. A lot of things have moved forward for me this year, and as we approach the last few days of the year, I'd feel amiss in leaving out today's song before it ended.

I sincerely hope a good amount of you managed to watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso this year. It was an unbelievably ethereal series that just captured my attention from its dreamy beginning right up to its heart-wrenching end. It was also where I was first introduced to Coalamode., the duo that performed the aforementioned series' second opening theme. Yasuhiro Obata provides the drums, keyboard, lead guitars and additional programming, while Annyu provides the vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar and the rebirth of the cute overalls look.

'Memories' is actually an earlier single by the duo, before they were a bit more well known from their breakthrough with Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. They do make really catchy songs that have a wholesome feeling to them, and I hope they will be invited to perform for more and more anime series. If anything, I would love some more of their own singles to continue being released.