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Japan (1992 – present)

ALI PROJECT is a Japanese duo with a strong Gothic Lolita image, consisting of Arika Takarano (宝野アリカ) - vocals & lyrics and Mikiya Katakura(片倉三起也) - music & arrangement.

They made their debut in the charts back in 1988 as Ant Project (蟻プロジェクト Ari Purojekkuto) with their album Gensō Teien. The basis of the music of this album is powerful, multifaceted sound of electronic instruments in combination with complex piano parties and clean, clear female vocals. Selection of songs was also unusual, consisting of both original objects, and fragments of classical music, plus - traditional Japanese songs.

Under mysterious name there are two musicians hiding: a well-known for his work in the field of classical music composer Mikiya Katakura and singer with an amazing voice, Arika Takarano. Intending to try out a new genre, Mikiya Katakura looking for a new project vocalist, has not yet met with a very eccentric woman. Apparently, having listened to her and noticed that she is wrong, but did not for the worse side, Mikiyya Katakura realized that is exactly what they’re looking for. Arika Takarano’s talent is not limited to singing as she is also a great poet and, as a result, she composes the lyrics.

There wasn’t a full confidence in the group mainly because of its very unusual sound basing on the late 80’s mixed with progressive rock and classical, but after the success of the first album (later reissued three times: in 1992, 1996 and 2000), they sign a contract first major recording company, Toshiba Emi.


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  • JimJamJamieJoo

    Not long now until the new album「快楽のススメ」(Kairaku no Susume - Advice of Pleasure)! The song names on the tracklist look really interesting, and the album artwork is stunning!! ( Not sure why they've written the romaji on the artwork as 'Keraku' rather than 'Kairaku' though. I can't wait!!

    1 Aug 7:04pm Reply
  • KATAKUraLevi

    Thanks a lot for your info. I like it. Bravo :D

    19 May 1:19pm Reply
  • luxurysuite

    im a year late but the latest album is amazing

    18 May 5:48am Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    @KATAKUraLevi - Similar to Les Papillons would be their other strings albums - 月光嗜好症 (Gekkou Shikoushou), Étoiles, 神々の黄昏 (Kamigami no Tasogare), Romance, Grand Finale, Gothic Opera and of course, the latest, Violetta Operetta - hope this helps! (^v^)

    17 Apr 5:26pm Reply
  • KATAKUraLevi

    Which album is similar to les papillons? I like it very much

    12 Apr 11:14am Reply
  • KATAKUraLevi

    Shoujo to Suimitsutou :)

    10 Apr 7:36am Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Après Le Noir ♥

    19 Mar 9:50pm Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    ↓ You're welcome! ^_^ I hope you enjoy whatever albums you choose to try out!

    4 Mar 11:02pm Reply
  • shinjukurocket

    Woah thanks a lot for all that info. You guys are so nice and helpful!♥

    4 Mar 2:25pm Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    @shinjukurocket - For their strings albums, other than Violetta Operetta I recommend 神々の黄昏, that's one of my favourite Alipro string albums. But if you wanna hear some of their other stuff, yet love their orchestral side, I definitely recommend 令嬢薔薇図鑑. There are fast paced, Alipro single types on that album, but also more bombastic, complex orchestral tracks. Also, if it is their strings albums you're after, check their Generasia page here, which lists all the albums, singles, strings albums, etc ^_^ -

    3 Mar 3:29pm Reply
  • shinjukurocket

    ↓ Thanks a lot for the fast reply! I will :)

    27 Feb 8:41am Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    ↓ try Gansakushi, but if you want a little dark I recommend Kinsho.

    26 Feb 9:59pm Reply
  • shinjukurocket

    Do they have other albums like Violetta Operetta? I just got into them recently and the album blew my mind completely. The music sounds so classical and delicate. I listened to 流行世界 but I didn't get those same vibes.

    25 Feb 10:08am Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Goddess diva ♥

    15 Feb 7:36pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Tico Tico no Fuba ♥

    11 Feb 9:29pm Reply
  • yui_kato

    i lover the music and the style ✌♫♪˙❤‿❤˙♫♪✌

    8 Feb 12:36pm Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    @supermario4ever - While their first album 'Gensou Teien' (幻想庭園) was released in 1988, they formed in 1985. :)

    5 Feb 11:54am Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    L'Amour Looks Something Like You ♥

    31 Jan 9:12pm Reply
  • supermario4ever

    This year? As I know well, they're founded in 1988.

    30 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • caramelmilk

    ali project turns 30 this year.

    19 Jan 3:52am Reply
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