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Akiko Shikata (志方あきこ) is an folk artist. 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; a high-pitched, child-like voice; and her regular, unique soprano voice, of which a more operatic variant can also be heard.

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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  • Kasi_Maru

    Legolas is not amused. Shame on him.

    Yesterday 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
  • Chiharo

    Why do I see Legolas? [2]

    6 Aug 2:54pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    Why do I see Legolas?

    6 Aug 10:44am Reply
  • Solar_Smile

    Прелестная. :3

    2 Aug 2:27pm Reply
  • hydra_fm

    молодец деваха

    1 Jul 11:21pm Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    Lol, she also posted a similar comment here. Apparently Gina is upset that I pointed out her fakery.

    24 Jun 1:40pm Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    Don't listen to U707 below. This "user" (fake/troll) is one of the hundreds of accounts used to fake stats and promote Gina Moryson, G.M.Orchestra, Sax & Moryson, Orchestra de Blonde, Gold Plaque, E.Th.Orkester and SexyPhone, who are all the same person. This artist likes to self-congratulate herself and post fake comments, spam tracks on hundreds of fake accounts and join groups with these accounts to fake the stats. This is the most gigantic spamming on Last.fm! Look at U707's spam posts: http://www.last.fm/music/SexyPhone

    24 Jun 1:34pm Reply
  • U707

    dont like this

    23 Jun 1:42pm Reply
  • Guitaregirl94

    Her voice is so beautiful! :')

    18 Jun 5:48pm Reply
  • ElGuerreroNegro

    It's used to be on youtube but I can't find all the videos now :( but a part of it is still online, if it helps...

    3 Jun 3:29pm Reply
  • tensotensoq

    anyone has a torrent for laylania or anything like that? I'll be buying the DVD in a few months, but I'm poor as fuck and I really wanted to watch it like as soon as possible.

    3 Jun 4:10am Reply
  • yatto2

    Katayoku no Tori ♬(ノ゜∇゜)ノ♩

    27 May 6:38pm Reply
  • ElGuerreroNegro

    @seven: Because it looks gorgeous? :)

    21 May 3:34pm Reply
  • seven

    yea, why the need to make a b&w or sepia version of every other pic? rhetorical question, fork it.

    13 May 10:26pm Reply
  • Dulukk

    thats because she converted to islam because its cool nowadays. some hipsturs like that, others dont.

    11 May 1:16pm Reply
  • moichispa

    Not really. It is just that this type of artist attracts musical elitists and connoisseurs too often. I have met great Akiko fans out there but these fans are sometimes less apparent that the elitist. As long as you like her music it is great. It does not matter what type of fan are you.

    11 May 11:54am Reply
  • windykitt

    I decided to look through her page like I do for every artist I start listening to, and lord jesus the elitism and pretension among y'all. Not cute. Shikata's cool, though.

    6 May 9:16pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    No comment for the entirety of April?...Oh well...I'm hope there's all the much healthy living for you, Akiko Shikata-san.

    4 May 5:56am Reply
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