Zeldafan: Thanks for the contribution!
Welcome to the thread, and thanks for posting! I like the song pretty well; the sound has a nice warmth and lushness to it.
For your reference, the general idea of the thread is for each post (that introduces something) to focus on just one artist--whether it is a band or a singer or a composer. So since you like anime songs, it would be great if you could pick a song that you like, find out who the band or singer is that made that song, and introduce the band or the singer behind the song so that people who like that song can listen to more of the same artist. Even something as simple as "There's a band called Back Number, they made this song クリスマスソング which I like" is enough.
P.S. I don't think listening to sad songs is morbid in the least.
P.P.S. Listening to anime songs is, BTW, how I found several artists that I listen to, including See-Saw from earlier in this thread and Sakamoto Maaya, below.
Moving on, I'm only slightly late for the second half of September!
I've been really busy lately, and although there are plenty of other artists and bands whom I know about, I'm running a bit short on ones that stand out enough that I strongly want to introduce them. (Have to do some more research.) So I guess for this time I'll fall back on my all-time favorite J-pop singer, Sakamoto Maaya (坂本真綾), whom I also
discovered through anime songs. This is a longer introduction than some of my other ones, so feel free to skip down to the links if you are in a hurry. :p
Why do I love Sakamoto Maaya so much?
For one thing, she has a pure and beautiful voice. It's very clear and pure, and although a few of her songs do get to be a bit nasally, for the most part she does a good job of avoiding that nasal sound that so many Japanese singers have.
Also, she has a strong partnership with the woman composer Kanno Yoko, who composes a lot of anime music (also TV, movie, game, and advertisement music). Escaflowne and Wolf's Rain, for example, are some of the ones composed by Kanno which also have songs sung by Sakamoto Maaya.
Anyways, because Kanno Yoko is an excellent composer, the songs Sakamoto Maaya sings that are composed by Kanno Yoko are, head and shoulders, way better-written than most pop songs, musically and lyrically both. Sakamoto also writes some of her own songs, and those aren't bad either, but in particular a lot of her really great songs are the ones written by Kanno. And since Kanno writes for anime, and a lot of those songs sung by Sakamoto are anime songs (BTW she is also a voice actress), they have that anime song vibe to them, and people who like anime music (which is a lot of people in this thread) may take a liking to them for that reason specifically.
Hard to pick which songs to include here, largely because the songs I like best I can't find on YouTube (seems the record label is doing a good job of removing them >.>)
But Kiseki no Umi is a pretty good representative song, and there's a live version
that is pretty good and reflects Sakamoto's voice at a more maturely developed stage than what her voice was when she first recorded the song. Favorite lyric: "Throw away your ornaments; there is something that can be seen when you lose everything." Also someone did an English cover
which is a very, very
loose adaptation of the lyrics, but it gets at the general gist of facing painful circumstances with a noble spirit (and both the singing and the text-setting of the English to music are excellent).
Speaking of English, Sakamoto Maaya does a pretty good job singing in English. Here's the short version of "Gravity,"
ending song to Wolf's Rain (again composed by Kanno). "Waiting for the Rain"
is also pretty beautiful; this is actually my first time hearing it, since I don't own that album.
If I were able to, though, I would link "Hemisphere" (anime song from RahXephon and a great representative song) and "birds" (my single favorite Sakamoto Maaya song; the lyrics, written by Sakamoto, are incredibly beautiful).
Good luck finding either of those without purchasing the albums.
But speaking of albums, for the anime song fans, Sakamoto has three single collections, each of which has quite a few of her famous anime singles on them, so I would recommend those as a good entry point for anyone willing to invest some money in her music. For actual studio albums, 少年アリス is my favorite full-length of those I own, but I also really, really like the EP easy listening
Finally, it's a bit of a subject change, but to round off this post, ゲスの極み乙女, whom I introduced earlier, recently came out with a new song,
so I will just leave that here for everyone's listening enjoyment.