Won't life be boring if we only worship and listen to Yuki Kajiura? But I love to answer this kind of question.
My fave musicians are (in alphabetical order) :
-Anthony and The Johnsons
chamber music. "hope there is someone", "bird girl"
Why? because of his ability to turn sadness and pain into a music. And his deep voice of course.
Canadian baroque, alternative band. "No cars go", "intervention", "Haiti"
Why? They sound very nostalgic, country, and makes me remember of the world melancholically. And their use of instrument into the genre. Harpsichord, Church Organ, etc , etc.
Trip hop, electronica collective from England. "Again", "Fuck U"
Why? Simply trippy, dark and melancholic.
Electronica, Experimental, Ambient queen of uniqueness and queerness. "Joga", "Bachelorette", "All is full of Love", "It's oh so quiet"
Why? hm... It is quite difficult. She is able to make music out of strange noises and sounds. She is very artistic and talented. Musically, it is experimental and strange, makes you wonder of alien worlds.
Acclaimed Movie Soundtrack Composer. Musically very ambient and dark. "Lux Aeterna", "Death is road to awe", "Welcome to Lunar Industry"
Why? Again, Trippy, Dark, Melancholic. His musics have a mixture of classic and modern.
You don't know her? "Like A Virgin", "Like A Prayer", "Hung Up", "Music", "Ray of Light" etc etc.
Why? Well... I like her for her different genres.
The father of trip hop and bristol sound. "Tear Drop", "Unfinished Sympathy", "Angel", "Paradise Circus"
Why? God, i have to say it again... trippy, dark, and melancholic. As the founder of this genre Trip Hop of course I love the band.
The mother of trip hop? "Glory Box", "The Rip", "Only You"
Why? They sound very industrial, and again, dark and melancholic.
Asian Cyber-techno. "Byakkoya", "Parade"
Why? It is about the same as björk. But each of his album doesn't really have uniqueness like Björk's.
another trip hop band, well musically more accessible and light. "Broken", "Lonely Soul"
Why? ... hmm... sam reason as trip hop genre.
JRPG composer, famous for his celtic influenced musics. "Graf", "Small Two Of Pieces", "Pain"
Why? His musics are simply heavy.
Yasunori Mitsuda (XS 1 mainly, but also Kirite - although I dont quite follow him..)
Yasuharu Takahashi (only the Fairy Tail ones, but I've heard he has done the Naruto ones too)
some songs of KOKIA
Yuuka's solo work
I also liked Takumi Ozawa's Ookami Kakushi OST
+ any other Jpop artists or composer that I tend to like.
Of course! But since I listen to Yuki songs the most, I'm trying to pry myself away from them to enjoy more of the music that's out there.
1) Kina Grannis (English)
Great acoustic covers and original songs on her Youtube channel. Her original lyrics are sweet, the melodies are very catchy, and she has a really nice voice!
"Message from Your Heart", "The Goldfish Song"
2) The Script (English)
A male group from Dublin. I love the catchy songs and creative lyrics.
"We Cry", "Breakeven"
3) Urban Symphony (Estonian)
First performance as a group was at Eurovision 2009. Combination of beautiful strings and vocals.
4) Kyle Landry
A very talented Youtube pianist (username is "kylelandry"). He plays so beautifully and has a lot of awesome improvisation videos and covers, not to mention awesome original songs.
"Doesn't Really Matter, I Like A Ton Of Them So Picking Any Of His Songs Is Fine"
Alan(only her red cliff theme songs, i dont like her newer jpop songs anymore)
I got a slight deja vu about this question
Well, there are some names to share the pedestal with Yuki, in my POV. In order of discovery:
- Elton John
- Mike Oldfield
There are also a lot of other musicians close enough to this pedestal. They are, in random order:
- Bryan Adams
- Celine Dion
- Bon Jovi
- Nelly Furtado
- Jethro Tull
- Vienna Teng
among OST composers - Alan Menken and Hans Zimmer.
And if restricted to Japanese music...
- Yoko Kanno
- Taku Iwasaki
- Ali Project
- Maaya Sakamoto
- Origa (not exactly Japanese, but well )
- Haruka Shimotsuki
- Susumu Hirasawa
- Eiko Shimamiya
Looks like I, like Maha, enjoy answering these questions.
as people expected, i'll put this one as the1st to be listed.. :P
FLOW style : many! xD lots of! :D why i like them : because i like the meanings of their songs.. i like how they experiment songs suitable for them.. my ears just got relaxed everytime i hear the two vocalists signing together while hitting the same note (coz their voices are really balanced when together).. i always get crazy because of their craziness (in their extra vids).. these people are so cool and sweet.. and i like koshi's voice when matured.. woah! many to mention!! (it'll be as long as a novel.. jk) xD popular songs?? i would say.. SIGN because most of the fans are captured by this song.. my favorites.. hmm many but i'll just mention some.. ATMOSPHERE, FREEDOM, butterfly, taiyou no uta, tsubaki, steppers high (live) I WILL, melody, word of the voice , pulse, KANDATA (live)
STOP!!!! xD that's too many already!!
i dunno!! xD i started to leave all the artists that i liked before since my severe fandom on FLOW and kajiura came..
well, i just mention those..
-my chemical romance (black parade.. )
-red jumpsuit apparatus ("don't you fake it" CD )
-urbandub (i have the "embrace" and "under southern lights" but the under southern lights isn't original.. )
-linkin park ("Hybrid Theory" and "meteora"! :D )
-maroon 5 ("songs about jane" haha! :P)
-the corrs (i forgot xD)
[the rest, i don't have money anymore for these.. :P]
-panic! at the disco (i enjoy the rythm.. not the lyrics.. xD coz i was still young that time.. young and.. innocent.. )
FLOW (I love them because of KEIGO!!! Ehem... I mean because their songs make me )
HIGH & MIGHTY COLOR (Their song always make me )
HIMEKA (Hatenaki Michi... )
Kelly Clarkson (I love all her songs in Breakaway (One of the best album ever!)
May'n (I love her song so much!!! Her strong voice make me !!!!!! Obelisk, Northern Cross, Diamond Crevasse, Yousei, etc...)
Mizuki Nana (her songs are very touchable)
Motoi Sakuraba (I love him since I listened Star Ocean's soundtrack!)
Paramore ( Same reason with Haikara)
Phil Collins (I love him since a long time ago. I know him first from my father (he is fans of Phil Collins & Genesis). I love his songs from Tarzan Soundtrack, Another Days in Paradise, Look Through My Eyes, etc!)
ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D (Complication!!!)
Sakamoto Maaya ( Love her since I listened Platina (Cardcaptor Sakura))
Utada Hikaru (I know her first when she sang First Love. I love her voice! My favorite is Hikari, Passion, Sanctuary, Beautiful World, You make me want to be a man, Final Distance & Letter!)
UVERworld ( TAKUYA!!!! Same reason as Haikara!)
Within Temptation ( Their music is so gorgeous!)
Yoko Kanno ( )
Yoko Shimomura (Addicted by her because of her music in Kingdom Hearts - Dearly Beloved, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion, The Other Promise, Lazy Afternoon, ETC!!!! )