Akino Arai (新居昭乃, Born August 21st 1959, in Tokyo) is a new age, dream pop, folk and world music singer, songwriter and composer. She likes to create laidback songs with dreamy atmospheres, often using ethnic elements, mixing synths and electronic sounds with folk instruments and aerial vocals. Her style is close to shoegaze. She is known for her work in anime series such as Outlaw Star, Noir, Macross Plus and many others.
She's performed with Yoko Kanno, ZABADAK, SAMPLY RED, Yayoi Yula, and she was once in a group called Marsh-Mallow. Arai had her debut in 1986, with the song "Beautiful Planet".
'Voices" the theme to Macross Plus, is probably her most famous single until now.
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