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December 02, 2005

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Kenji

Your breadth of knowledge continutes to astound me at times!

Shiina Ringo's stuff is indeed very interesting, and it annoys me that someone like Utada Hikaru gets the limelight in the West. Another talented singer that I like, although she is not as creative as Shiina Ringo is, is Yaida Hitomi. Have you listened to any of her music? It won't blow you away, but I'm amazed at what she has done at her age (still in her twenties). She's got great potential, and her music continues to evolve.

Chuckles

[...I chose to write about Shiina Ringo because I thought it a damn shame that virtually no one outside of East Asia seemed to be aware of the interesting material she'd been putting out...]

Ah! The "anime crowd" has been aware of Shiina Ringo for some time now. And yes, it mostly thanks to P2P.

[... it annoys me that someone like Utada Hikaru gets the limelight in the West...]

Well, Ringo has collaborated with Utada Hikaru on occasion - I daresay the West isn't inaccessible to her.

Anyhoo - for musicians that I think could do with a bit more exposure in the West, I think virtually anybody who works with Yoko Kanno could do with a bit more exposure. Her originality, I think, is *very* rare - and she has that same blend of recreated Jazz influences, very eclectic and new agey in a sense. The irony is that Kanno seems to be comparatively "unknown" in Japan.


Abiola

"Another talented singer that I like, although she is not as creative as Shiina Ringo is, is Yaida Hitomi. Have you listened to any of her music?"

No, but now that you've recommended her I shall seriously ... work (ahem) ... to correct this lacuna in my musical knowledge. Going by the information on the following page

http://wiki.theppn.org/Yaida_Hitomi

it would appear she's already made something of a splash in the UK at least.

"I think virtually anybody who works with Yoko Kanno could do with a bit more exposure."

This review has good things to say about her, so she also goes on my list.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0540/051005_music_cdreviews.php

Funnily enough, seeing as it mentions her work on "Ghost in the Shell 2", the one band which I *have* discovered via anime is "Move", thanks to their "Blast My Desire" single in "Appleseed 2004." Their sound is definitely interesting, plus the female vocalist (is her name Yuri?) is seriously hot (not that this has anything to do with musical talent ...)

Chuckles

[...not that this has anything to do with musical talent...]

Oh, certainly not. Ahem, Ahem.

Kanno also did the music of Kamikaze Girls.

Jonathan S.

Americans who don't speak Japanese can order the album from yesasia.com for $29.75. I've ordered a few Asian CDs from this site that I couldn't get any other way, and so far the service has been prompt.

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