Akiko Shikata

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Created on: 12 May 2011
A group devoted to the unique and bewitching world of neofolk singer-songwriter Akiko Shikata.

Akiko Shikata is a genre-defying , composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist whose songs range from neofolk to avant-garde, world music, symphonic metal, folktronica (with a bit of industrial influence), new age or dark ambient.
Her style could be defined as , with a deep tendency to experimentation. Most songs have a medieval-ish or celtic feel, and she tends to use her voice as an instrument, using many layers and oddities such as dissociated choirs, or using very different vocals within the same song (she has three very distinct singing styles: a deep low-pitched voice, a sweet, almost child-like voice, and her regular powerful soprano vocals).

Shikata is known for using several languages in her songs; although Japanese and Italian are the most frequent (she has been writing and singing in Italian since her debut) she also has a bunch of songs in unusual languages such as Uyghur, Turkish, Greek, Ainu or Tibetan, but also French, English or German, as well as Hymmnos, the made-up language created for the Ar-Tonelico game series.

She was born January 7 and works for several labels including the quite underground neoclassical/folk label HATS, and FrontierWorks. She founded her own indie circle, Vagrancy, in 2001, through which she has been releasing several albums in addition to her solo works.

Shikata also contributed to several game soundtracks: Shadow Hearts from the New World, the Ar-Tonelico series and the Umineko no naku koro ni visual novels.

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  • ConnardNinja

    damn, she's good

    11 Mar 2015 Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    More and more insolent connecting artists...

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gillekaloa

    Her music makes me dream, and her voice takes me far away.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Madrangue


    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Dulukk

    lol calling shikata a sellout = massive lulz

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GrandHibou

    v Her first three LPs were indeed perfect, until she started selling out with Harmonia.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    the goddess of perfection.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Madrangue

    Back to the acoustic ethnic folk of her debut! This time no Greek nor Italian; new album (likely to come up early 2013) will feature Arabic lyrics and music. Any thoughts?

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PhunkyFries

    I took the time to listen at all the videos... they're unbelievably great! :O Do you know where I can find the song Au Gumu?

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • animemangagirl

    Anyone can help me? I want to know which instruments akiko more use in her musics. Can anyone make a list of the instruments that she use? I only recognize by listening the piano, violin, flute (but i think that she use many tipes of flutes like bamboo flute) i recognize also xylophone and triangle, about the music box (orgel) type music, i don't know with instrument that she makes that type of music, if she make it some kind of piano or if she makes with many xylophones i really don't know i searched about that but i don't know how music box works. So if you know more instruments that she use plz tell.

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • moichispa

    Keep deaf aliens out of the top please. [3]

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Madrangue

    Llama del Rey is everywhere these days.

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Kethearine

    有中国的么?I want to have a muise friend.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • IanAR

    Fine group radio here! :) Ian Scrawl Audio

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    This fucking singer is a heresy and it's poluting the groups on Godspeed You! Black Emperor page. <----- You're upset over Godspeed being a connected artist? Jesus Christ, talk about first-world problems.

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Madrangue

    v you are the heretic here. so gtfo and stfu kthxbai

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    This fucking singer is a heresy and it's poluting the groups on Godspeed You! Black Emperor page.

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • TerykBlut

    Please vote up this image and help that wrong page to fail: http://www.last.fm/music/+noredirect/Akiko+Shikata/+images/68179906

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Mari_Auri

    Her music makes me fly in my dreams. Because of she I started to crazily love elven and celtic music. She is my Goddess!

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mc08

    Keep deaf aliens out of the top please. [2]

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
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