GILLE、カバー・アルバム第2弾をリリース決定!初の全国ツアー開催も

昨年2月、<YouTube>に突如アップされた動画から始まり、ミステリアスでありながらその圧倒的パフォーマンスでセンセーショナルを起こしたGILLE。そんな彼女が放つ待望のカバー・アルバム第2弾のリリースがこの度決定した。

9月4日(水)に発売されるアルバムのタイトルは『I AM GILLE. 2』。前作同様、フレッシュなヒット・ソングを中心に、彼女自身がセレクトしたバラエティ豊かな楽曲の全編英語カバーで構成されている。

まずは、現在アイドルの新次元をリードする、ももいろクローバーのメジャー・デビュー曲にしてアンセムともいえる「行くぜっ!怪盗少女」を堂々のカバー。オリジナリティある歌詞を見事に英詞へと転化しGILLEの高速フローで再演、原曲のもつアッパーな魅力をラウドなロック・チューンに昇華させている。この圧巻サウンドをプロデュースしているのはゴールデンボンバーの編曲・実演を担当し、"中の人"と呼ばれているtatsuo氏だ。

この他、バンドとしての絶頂期を迎えているサカナクションの「アルクアラウンド」、国境を越えて活躍するジャズ・バンドPE'Zとの競演でストリート感溢れる仕上がりとなった、いきものがかり「じょいふる」、そしてこちらもワールドワイドな活動を続けるJazztronikプロデュースによる、山下達郎の名曲「JODY」(「悲しみのJODY」英語バージョン)。今年8年半の活動に終止符を打った、FUNKY MONKY BABYSの代表曲「ヒーロー」、映画『レ・ミゼラブル』の劇中歌として再評価を集めている「夢やぶれて -I DREAMED A DREAM-」、世界的大ヒットを記録しているOne Direction「Live While We're Young」など、その内容は多彩かつ豪華。

また、このアルバムに関してGILLE本人は、「今回の選曲はかなり悩みましたが、前作同様、私が歌うことで新しい響きが生まれ、リスナーのみなさんが楽しんでくれる楽曲を一番に考えました。そしてハード・ロックやジャズなど、前作にはなかったサウンドにもトライしています。もともと"原曲"があるカバーで、その魅力をくずさずに歌と音楽だけを楽しんでもらいたかったので、1番最初は私の姿を隠したシルエット動画を<YouTube>に公開しました。そして今回も、元の楽曲の良さをできる限り純粋に、かつ全世界へ届けたいと思ったので、このアルバムに関する動画には再びシルエットで出演することにしました。カバー作品には"音楽を演じる"ような楽しさがあります。このアルバムを通じて、また世界中のリスナーと一緒に音楽を楽しむことを感じられたら最高です!」とコメントしている。

『I AM GILLE. 2』のリリースに先駆けて、「行くぜっ!怪盗少女(English Ver.)」が、7月24日(水)よりデジタルシングルとして配信限定でリリースされるので、チェックしてみてほしい。

また、11月からは「GILLE Concert Tour 2013-2014 "I AM GILLE.2"」と題し、全国5都市で自身初のライブツアーを開催することが決定しているGILLE。"ダイヤモンド・ヴォイス"と評される彼女の歌声を直に確かめてみるチャンスとなりそうだ。

【参照リンク】
・GILLE レーベル・オフィシャルサイト
http://www.universal-music.co.jp/gille
・「行くぜっ!怪盗少女」Cover by GILLE(YouTube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXDKLRMWeTI&feature=youtu.be

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