Idk, I've never managed to like it. The songs are constantly switching between different moods and it sounds chaotic to me. Akiko's most progressive songs aren't always the best, sometimes they're emotional and amazing, sometimes it's just some schizophrenic mess with interesting ideas thrown in but far too crazy and disjointed to be coherent (imo).
Has anyone ever listened to her whole discography, I wonder. Some of her stuff is hard to find. With all that material available and unreleased hidden gems, it's a mystery how she never released any kind of best of yet, while some Japanese artists have no scruples doing it after two albums only. Maybe she's just not interested in easy money.
I haven't been listening to her for a while now because of stupid binge listening back then in 2013, which left me rendered incapable of enjoying most of her songs that I've used to listened to. Now, I felt like going ahead to listen to her track again as the burden felt as if it has lifted away. I am currently listening to her right now, and she is just as magical as she is back then during the first time that I get acquainted with her songs. It feel really great to be back. I wondered if I could actually enjoyed both hardcore and angelic songs at the same time.
Have you ever listened to the Raka album, or to any of her operatic songs (like EXEC_HARMONIUS/. or Sorriso?) Have you ever listened to her singing that classical aria from Mozart's Idomeneo? http://www.last.fm/music/%E5%BF%97%E6%96%B9%E3%81%82%E3%81%8D%E3%81%93/_/Oh+smania!+oh+furie!+~+D%27Oreste+e+d%27Aiace (seriously, everybody go check this gem, this is a must listen: her voice at her best. Plus, she also did all the instrumentation herself.) I assume you haven't, otherwise, well, I'm really baffled about how anyone would call a voice like that "boring". For a self-taught artist and a non-opera singer, her vocal presence/versatility is seriously astounding.
Good that people here talk about her releases. Otherwise I'd never realize she released something cause I lack a source that gives me this kind of information. I usually get to know stuff through Facebook and as far as I know she doesn't have an official FB page.
How sad is it that such an amazing song as rosTa has only 23 listeners? Seriously, more people need to listen to Akiko! Come on, she's been making music for 15 years now, put out like 50 albums and covered almost every genre in existence... not to mention creating a sound and a world of her own (and even a fictional language for caTra & a handful of older songs). About time her talent gets at least a little bit of recognition.
She's obviously more interested in composing than performing at events or promoting her music. I fear she's not gonna get the recognition she deserves any soon, that would be the case already. And keeping hiding her face like she does definitely will not help; nor will the total lack of English communication. I personally don't care, though, because she's awesome.
Well, I do care, because it's still a bit sad, isn't it? She deserves a lot more recognition, she's just so talented and unique. The rarity of visuals is a shame too, because she's a beautiful woman, so we need more gorgeous pictures of her. The last photo we've had is from 2013, which tells a lot. Although, if she's happy that way, I guess that's what matters.
OMG, is she for real? caTra is amazing!! The bonus EP rosTa as well! This is what I've been waiting from Akiko for a long time, it's just... weird to describe, experimental, epic, progressive and filled with her crazy talent, neoclassical darkwave like only her can do... not easy to get into at first listen for sure but after a few spins you just realize how freaking good it is. Mindblowing stuff, everyone should listen to it!
I'm super excited by all the news (and that cover!!!), but I find it odd this is her second consecutive mini-album that got postponed (was originally 3/6). it was only announced last month anyways, so I'm not too bothered. Definitely ordering the animate edition again, Wokashi's bonus track was fantastic.
harmonia and turaida weren't bad but sounded kind of same-y to me, with a lot of songs blending together to the point where i couldn't remember them. i loved wokashi much more so i was glad to really enjoy an album release from her again. i'm surprised to see multiple people disappointed in it!
Wokashi isn't bad indeed. Unfortunately, it's chaotic. The songs play around with a lot of interesting ideas and sounds, but hardly seem to go anywhere. Her voice is also emotionally pretty bland now. Such a disappointment after masterpieces like Raka, Navigatoria, and all the operatic stuff from a few years ago.
@ElGuerreroNegro I think her works more into commercial now (Akatsuki no Yona and New Cross Ange). Or probably she is currently interesting in Asian Folk music, so maybe she wanted to make something different than her dark music before. I too want to listen her usual operatic vocal, I hope so~
Wokashi is really nice album, I think this ep much lighter than her previous releases. I agree with KP-X, her voice kinda weak than before but I'm still enjoyed it. And my favorite Hyakki Yagyou probably fit with Halloween theme~
Akiko-san is forever a goddess. By the way, this layout that last fm used now, really ruined a lot of thing. There isn't even a previous page section any more for the comment? And thanks for the hard work, SchwertRosen.
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That sounds amazing! 6-7 songs too.
The animate version has a bonus disc? I'll be ordering it, even though it's only 3 tracks and one new song. I'm surprised the tracklist for that is already out but not the EP itself yet.
Jeez, is there anything she can't do?? New Cross Ange soundtrack is ridiculously brilliant... the opera track comes off as some hell of a climax on an already stunning ost... wondering who's the male singer for this track? He does a great job!
I know, I know. I found Turaida a pretty good and easily hearable album, but it sure doesn't come any close to Raka's sounds. Either way, we are still looking forward to Okashi and Istoria Kalliope EP2.
Ah, that's pretty cool Marco! Didn't know it was out. If it's as good as the first two, it's surely a must listen. Of course she can still sing soprano/contralto, it's just a *weird* choice to push these "light" vocals forward (the "clearer" vocal layers appear to have been pushed in the background on Turaida, if you listen closely with good headphones), which I don't get really. Either way, Akiko really, really should sing operatic more often. It gives me goosebumps when she does!
Additionally, I agree with KP-X on Akiko's voice coming out "weak" on the most recent releases. It's particularly blatant if you give a full listen to Raka and then switch to Turaida... hear the difference? On Raka (except for the dreamy Souheki no Mori, and maybe Luna Piena at times) her voice sounds CLEAR and powerful all along -not over the top or anything, it's well balanced to fit every song's mood. As for Navigatoria, the album features both soft singing and operatic, but the singing suits the different styles used. Granted, it's not like operatic vocals are SYSTEMATICALLY needed in her songs (Buonanotte for instance is a lullaby, so it wouldn't really fit if she goes all opera there like she did for Mozart's Idomeneo or even EXEC_HARMONIUS/..) But I still think it would enhance a lot of these songs, which sound like they're missing something. It's one of the reasons why I find Turaida disappointing compared to her former stuff, even if the album includes some damn nice tracks.
Akatsuki single album is a gem!  Arguably her best single to date. You can really hear that Akiko is a composer in the first place. Her arrangement skills are mind-boggling. But as stunning as the new songs are, I'm especially thrilled with the SOUND, and how clearly every folk instrument came out. Whoever mastered this is a genius!