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Akiko Shikata (志方あきこ) is an folk artist. She's also a composer who writes soundtracks for television, games and movies.

Akiko 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… read more

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  • Avatar for NiniusNunius
    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.
  • Avatar for ElGuerreroNegro
    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.
  • Avatar for LavenderYuki
    oh my god is she even real. my mind was blown by caTra. THIS is the Shikata that I love.
  • Avatar for ElGuerreroNegro
    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!
  • Avatar for homemduvida
    She's so ❤
  • Avatar for porosenokp3tr
    All because she's getting old
  • Avatar for Ellektra
    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.
  • Avatar for Ellektra
    New concept vocal album, "caTra"! 5 tracks, similar editions to Wokashi (Animate special edition has bonus tracks!). Out April 10th. http://shikata-akiko.com/product/catra/
  • Avatar for umaretemitai
    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!
  • Avatar for ElGuerreroNegro
    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.

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