Formerly known as katethegreat19, Erutan is a female singer/songwriter who uses a wide range of traditional folk instruments alongside her stunning voice to create warming covers and original pieces. Many of her songs are from or based upon the Final Fantasy game series which, being a series I adore, makes her songs even more special to me. She also has a solely instrumental channel called The Menagerie.
My favourite thing about this cover is the different lyrics to any others I've heard. It's quite a different take on the song and the piano and whispers in the background lend the song a very dreamlike feel.
Another Final Fantasy cover with original lyrics: I especially love the harp parts! The lyrics also tell the story of Aerith's life and add to the melancholic tone of the song.
Yuki no Hana is a very pretty fan-arranged piece by Erutan. The instrumental backing makes it sound almost like a music box at some points, so it sounds like a soothing lullaby. The lyrics may not be in English but they're still very touching and you can read their translation in the video description.
A beautiful song from Final Fantasy 9 (one of my favourite games!) and one of Kate's older covers. Despite having fairly low-key backing music, she layers her voice in such a way that the song still seems well rounded and melodic.
Yet another FF9 song, sorry! ^^' The rhythm of this song really carries it along and Kate's voice is as mellow as usual. Besides that, it's a really heartfelt piece and I love all the fanart that scrolls alongside the music.
The genre to which Twenty One Pilots' music belongs is notoriously hard to define. Their lyrics feature an absurd mixture of metaphors and common sense which easily resonate with the listener, whilst their signature blend of acoustic and electronic sounds continues to draw you in.
Every time I listen to this song it makes me imagine someone desperately trying to comfort their best friend. It seems both frank and heartfelt, without irony. : )
4) Kitchen Sink
This is first Twenty One Pilots song that my sister introduced me to. The lyrics are pretty odd, I'll admit but it's certainly fun to try singing along to!
My favourite lyrics from this song are 'I scream, you scream, we all scream 'cause we're terrified!' It made me laugh out loud the first time I heard them! XD Aside from that, it's pretty catchy too.
2) The Judge
I really like the story this song tells - and it's catchy to boot. It might not be the best known of their songs, but I'd still rate this as one of Twenty One Pilots' best.
1) Car Radio
Wow, the raw emotion in this one...! It's obviously been cleverly written to place just the right amount of emphasis on each word. Though it mightn't be the most cheery of songs, this is my favourite Twenty One Pilots piece all the same. :)
Another singer you may know from a cover she performed with JubyPhonic a while ago, Rachie also specialises in English covers of Vocaloid and anime songs. Interestingly, she's also fluent in Indonesian and has recorded some beautiful covers in that language too.
The animation may be simple but don't let it fool you. This song is contemplative and heart-wrenching, not least of all because it's relatable for so many people.
4) 1/6 - Out of the Gravity
This song is part of a massive collaboration to cover some older Vocaloid songs. The rest of the videos can be found here. It's worth paying attention to the lyrics in this one. They tell such a sweet story and Rachie's voice really brings it to life.
3) Distant Fields
I never get bored of this song - it's full of so many emotions, the animations are by Chris, an amazing artist, and Rachie's lyrics are awesome.
2) Eine Kleine
This piece is so touching and singable! I swear, this gets stuck in my head all the time. XD The Kagerou Project is one of my favourite song series, so the music video being based on that was an added bonus for me.
1) Goodbye, Ms. Flower Thief
In my humble opinion, this is Rachie's best cover so far. She just sings it so well, there's nothing I'd want to change! The lyrics are a bit odd but it's more about the mood they create. Putting that aside, it's just so much fun!
Adriana Figueroa, aka Adrisaurus is another fantastic female singer on Youtube. She's been posting a wide range of covers for a few years now; these include Final Fantasy, Undertale and songs from other films and games. More recently, she's also written a few orginal songs, all of which are stunning.
5) Beautiful Cruel World
In stark contrast to the Attack On Titan series itself, Adrisaurus' English Cover of this song is pretty and elegant yet infused with heart-twisting emotions.
4) Still Alive
All the Portal jokes... (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ))
3) Wanderer's Lullaby
This original song is soothing and beautiful. The lyrics are thoughtfully written and are sure to cheer you up on a glum day.
2) Surely Someday
Professor Layton covers are few and far between but Adriana has done a few and they're all amazing! This one's my favourite but you should check out the others too. :)
1) Yeul's Theme
Any fans of the Final Fantasy XIII games might want to have some tissues to hand for this one! Honestly, I think Adriana's cover easily competes with the original version. The backing guitar is subtle enough to let her voice really shine. The only thing that's missing is a cute fan drawing of Noel and Yuel!
Nekomura Iroha is a Youtuber whose channel is mostly dedicated to collecting piano covers of popular Vocaloid songs from NND. There are a really wonderful selection of pieces on their channel, all neatly arranged into easy-to-browse playlists.
It's worth noting that this Youtuber uses the screen name 'Nekomura Iroha' because the Vocaloid for most of the pieces they upload is called that. They aren't the actual musician, but someone sharing the music of others. :)
Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
It's amazing just how different piano covers can sound compared to the original. You might even find that friends who don't enjoy most Vocaloid songs actually like these versions. :)
Another one of our favourite singers on YouTube is Lizz Robinett. She sings a mixture of covers in English and Japanese, as well as some songs of her own. Almost all of her lyrics are original and very carefully written. Her gentle voice complements backing piano music really well!
Here are five of her best English covers:
5) Lost in thoughts all alone
I'm sure you’ll have come across at least one cover of this song from the new Fire Emblem game by now. However, Lizz once again puts her own stamp on the piece, bringing out the best in it with a more delicate tone. She's also uploaded a Japanese cover of the same song.
The kitten is so cute! And Lizz's voice captures all of the emotions and adorableness awesomely.
Every time I come across a new cover of this song, it makes me so happy! Lizz and Juby’s are easily the best but they're very different. This version is a beautiful acoustic cover coupled with evocative lyrics.
A sequel of sorts to the well known song ‘Just Be Friends’, Answer holds its own whilst evoking memories of the original piece. Lizz's english cover is thoughtful and optimistic, tinged with hints of sadness and hope.
A nostalgic one for me; this is one of the first of Lizz’s songs I heard and fell in love with. Whilst the lyrics are a bit sad, the song has such a nice rhythm and tune that it's impossible not to sing along.
You might have already seen this app on the front page of the App Store. It's a beautiful new music/rhythm game by Rayark, the same people who created Deemo.
The game is set in a picturesque seaside town, which is introduced to us in the cinematic opening. The art and animation are flawless, matched by atmospheric guitar riffs and the soothing sound of the ocean. The anime-style introduction plays each time you open the app, but can be skipped immediately by tapping the screen.
Whilst the controls for the game are intuitive and easy to learn, I must admit that I was confused for a while about the third type of note - white squares that you tap and hold. The tutorial didn't make it very clear how they differed from the other note types. However, it was easy enough to figure out within the first few songs.
One particular feature I love about the game's design is how well the 'rails' which the notes slide down are incorporated into each song. Rather than being a bland, immobile line, each rail changes colour, moves around and dances along in accordance with the music. It serves to make each piece far more unique and surprising.
Unlike Deemo, in which the story advanced solely based on the number of points you accumulated, VOEZ gives you specific tasks to complete. For example, playing a certain number of songs or reaching a target score. With each completed task, pictures and messages are unlocked in the 'Diary'. This provides a great motivation for challenging yourself in order to advance the plot. On the downside, some of these tasks require lots of practice and patience. Plus, as understandable as it is, forcing the user to purchase extra songs using the rarely obtained 'key's, in order to complete a quest, is frustrating.
Overall, VOEZ is certainly worth downloading. Even if you don't want to compete on the leaderboards or finish every quest, the game is fun and lovingly made. Relaxing or intense, it's up to you how to play.
The website can be found here: www.rayark.com/g/voez/
Currently, VOEZ is available on the App Store and Google Play for free.
I found this app recently and it might be of interest to you too.
Japan Radio lets you pick from a selection of Japanese music radio stations and listen to them in the background on your device. The name of the song is shown on screen whilst it plays. You can also record sections from whichever station you're listening to and play it back again later.
Other features include a chat section and relevant videos that were recently put on YouTube.
It might not be as polished as Spotify, but this isn't half bad for a free music app!
Apple store page: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/japan-radio/id418701864?mt=8
Happy New Year! :D Let's make this year the best one yet!
Speaking of which, have you seen Kyle Landry's latest cover?
I've loved this piece for a long time now. :)
Juby is a fantastic YouTube singer who mainly arranges and performs English covers of Vocaloid songs. She sings with such incredible energy - I can never keep up if I try to sing along! It takes a lot of skill to be able to sing so quickly and hit those high notes without ruining the song but Juby somehow pulls it off every time.
These are the next five songs you'll find yourself addicted to:
5) Clean Freak
I think I especially like this song for the clever wording of the lyrics and the way Juby's cover seems alight with the emotions of the narrator.
4) Kami no Manimani
Such an upbeat and fun song that I couldn't miss it out.
3) Drop pop candy, duet with Kuraiinu
Their voices compliment one another wonderfully. I just enjoy listening to this a lot! It keeps getting stuck in my head...
2) Children record
I had to limit myself to just one of Juby's Kagerou Days covers so they wouldn't fill the entire list! Otsukimi Recital and Imagination Forest should also be right at the top here.
Maybe I'm even more attached to this song than I should be because the artwork is also by one of my favourite mangakas, Chris. There's a manga to match the song too!
P.S. You have no idea how hard it was to decide which songs to feature here! I love all of them so much! Please check out some of Juby's other covers. I swear they're all amazing!
Two sisters hoping to share some of the things we love. :3