2009年5月20日水曜日

Favorite Singers

Regina Spektor

Imogen Heap

デザインの趣味が合っても、音楽の趣味が合う事はめったに無い。
昔はダンスをしてたから、Breakbeats, Hip-Hop、R&B系の音楽を聴いてたけど、制作中心の生活になってからは、なんだか好きな曲はどんどんリラックスできる曲に変わってった。最近はカフェ系の音楽から、ピアノが入ったようなElectronicaなんかが好きかな。そんなんだから、あんまり音楽の話はしないけど、今日は珍しく最近ずっと聴いてるお気に入りの歌手を紹介。

1人目はRegina Spektor。彼女はロシア出身、アメリカで活動中のシンガーソングライターで、本人もだけど、本当にかわいらしい曲を書いてる。代表作の「Fidelity」って 曲が本当に良くて、最初にアメリカのホステルでかかってたこの曲を教えてもらった時は嬉しかったな。気になる人はMySpaceで聞けるからオススメ。
2人目はImogen Heap。彼女はイギリスのシンガーソングライター。昔はFrou Frouってバンドで活動してて、そっちの方が有名なのかも。その当時の曲もかなりいい。シンセサイザーというか、コンピューターを駆使して作ってあるんだけど、それが彼女の壮大な声と絶妙にマッチしてて、とても癒される。普段コンピュター系の音ってあんまり好きじゃないけど、Imogen Heapの場合はなんだか別の次元な感じ。特に好きな曲は「Just For Now」と「Hide & Seek」。色々と大変な時に、この「Just For Now」を聞きながらコーヒーでも飲んでると、なんだか小さい事はどうでも良くなってくる。「Hide & Seek」の方はMySpaceから聞けるから、これも気になる人はぜひ。

下はYou Tubeで見つけたImogen Heapのライブの様子。ライブだからCDとは音が少し違ってるけど、ライブで録音しながら音を繋げて行く様子は本当にスゴい。2人共日本に来ないかなー?

Regina Spektor - [official web] [MySpace Music]
Imogen Heap - [official web] [MySpace Music]


Sometimes my favorite design taste matches with my friend's, but not favorite musics. I don't know why, but maybe because of my unusual experiences. Back in junior high school, I was listening J-pop, after that, I started break-dancing so my life was full of Break-beats, Hip-Hop and R&Bs. And now, since mainly I'm creating using my computer I prefer relax sounds such as café music or piano-based electronica ones. So I usually don't talk about music with my friends, but today I recommend two of my favorite singers. Because I just fel like that.

First singer is Regina Spektor, she is a cute Russian singer-songwriter, active in the U.S. now. I'm pretty bad at describing music, but I think her sounds are really cute, and sweet, and makes me relax, but also edgy for some points. "Fidelity" is her most popular song and I love it. My friend told me this song when I was staying at Hostel in the U.S., so thank you Marge! You can listen from her MySpace Music page.
Second singer is Imogen Heap, she is a British singer-songwriter, used to be a member of "Frou Frou" which is also well-known group, I guess. Her sound usually made with electronic instruments, and her voice is just amazingly magnificent. Which makes me really calm and clear. I usually don't like electronic sounds, but Imogen Heap's is like different dimension, and I love it. It matches really well with her splendor voice. My favorite songs are "Just For Now" and "Hide & Seek". When I had hard time and feeling bad, this song "Just For Now" with a cup of coffee can heals my mind. If you like, you can listen some songs from her MySpace Music page.

Below is the Imogen Heap live video, I found on You Tube. The sound itself is a bit different compare to the CD, however it is amazing to see how she creating beats on the stage. I hope they will have concert in Japan!


Regina Spektor - [official web] [MySpace Music]
Imogen Heap - [official web] [MySpace Music]


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