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Akiko Shikata (志方あきこ) is an folk artist and composer. She has a very personal music style, basically a mix of and , in which she likes to use her multi-faceted soprano voice as an instrument, among other oddities. Known for her eclecticism that can be confusing at times, she has covered many styles that go from experimental rock to jazz, symphonic metal, ambient, progressive pop, industrial and classical music, as well as many subgenres of folk, just to name a few. However, most of her songs have in common an ethnic vibe, a non-linear, progressive structure with stylistic, tone and rhythm changes, quirky dissociated choirs and/or layered vocals at some point or another, simultaneous use of low and high vocals, and a lot of them could be labeled as neoclassical.

One of the pillars of her style and most interesting aspects of her music is that she likes to switch between very different vocal styles, sometimes within the same song: a deeper, ominous low-pitched voice (contralto); a high-pitched, child-like voice; and her regular, unique soprano voice, of which a more operatic variant can also be heard, for instance in her performance of “Oh smania! oh furie! ~ D’Oreste e d’Aiace” from Mozart’s opera Idomeneo.

As for the lyrics and album concepts, Akiko usually draws inspiration from themes such as nature, mythology, pagan rituals, fantasy worlds or ancient legends, and sometimes more “common” themes such as death, love, traveling, melancholy or nostalgia.


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  • max_milko

    They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard

    20 Dec 8:13pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    Yeah it's no longer announced on Vagrancy's site. Expect at least some of them to be postponed...

    7 Dec 6:27am Reply
  • ama-ri

    When are the release dates exactly? I couldn't find anything...

    21 Nov 8:54am Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    She had announced a sequel to Istoria ~Kalliope~ some time ago, yet another concept album centered around Greek mythology... you have to expect some beautiful artwork coming with this record :) Also like you said, she will be releasing a traditional folk EP called Okashi, as well as the Cross Ange OST (hasn't been confirmed yet but it seems there will be 2 CDs, a shame they're not getting a standalone release, the tracks are rather hit and miss but the OST does deserve it still...) Oh and on a side note, Akiko also released the second soundtrack album to Ciel nosurge very recently, and it's awesome just like the first one (and more coherent than the Cross Ange OST, IMO).

    20 Nov 7:13pm Reply
  • MarukoKun

    @LeCoinNawak One is Cross Ange OST, another one is probably the japanese-style mini album, but the third one...?

    15 Nov 10:36am Reply
  • Azalin

    Really? That's great news!

    5 Nov 9:14am Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    Damn, three new releases in December! That's nothing to complain about, but sometimes I wonder if she actually has a life besides composing.

    23 Oct 3:18pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    How in hell won't you expect to see Legolas in a LOTR-themed video? =)

    6 Oct 1:43am Reply
  • foreverfriendsg

    Why do I see Legolas? [5]

    5 Oct 2:51pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    Akiko is really special. There's always a gem to discover in her many old soundtracks. For instance this song that most people don't know.

    29 Sep 5:13pm Reply
  • Mari_Auri

    First artist in my library to reach 3000 scrobbles~ Akiko-sama, you are forever in my heart & soul ♡ You are my goddess & your music will always stay by my side.

    24 Sep 2:55pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    Thank you for the info, LeCoinNawak.

    20 Sep 7:16am Reply
  • tecessus

    kulağa hoş geliyor ...

    19 Sep 2:03pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    btw, just stumbled upon this! :)

    18 Sep 12:19am Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    This anime is called Cross Ange and it's the new mecha series by Sunrise. Akiko has nothing to do with the OP and ED, but she will be composing the soundtrack. Interestingly enough, it's the first time she works for an anime OST (she only did game soundtracks and a few OP/EDs so far) and the challenge seems promising for someone with such a creative and multifaceted background. Pretty unexpected to pick a neoclassical darkwave artist for a mecha series, I thought at first, but it seems to be a mecha/fantasy crossover so after all it sorta makes sense.

    11 Sep 12:29pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    Akiko Shikata-san would be working out for soundtrack/opening/ending for this anime here next. I can't wait to listen to it. Explore the page a little and then you would notice her name..

    11 Sep 3:38am Reply
  • ScarlettSand

    Why do I see Legolas? [4]

    27 Aug 6:53pm Reply
  • Kasi_Maru

    Legolas is not amused. Shame on him.

    20 Aug 3:07pm Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    Why do I see Legolas? [3] Haha my thoughts exactly :D

    13 Aug 11:17am Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    She needs to come to Belgium.

    7 Aug 10:25pm Reply
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