The Japanese music I listened to contrasted a lot, from Boris and merzhbow (the fact I found this listenable at one point baffles me today, its hellish) to nice quiet Mono, to jpop idol groups like the ones under hello project (which I don’t care for much anymore) to vocaloid music (which is still great)
Think some of the Boris and Merzbow stuff is really good and not too abrasive at all. The Merzbow I’ve heard (which is a very small percentage of his enormous back catalogue) has generally been utterly horrible though.
This one’s hard, but factoring in reputation maybe Tool and Sarah Mclachlan?
Wasn’t expecting to post this twice in two days, but Billy Corgan and Natalie Imbruglia.
Billy Corgan making a fantastic Americana album. This song probably best highlights the nature of the departure, even though it’s not my personal favorite on it. Not expecting people to give the album a chance, but there are a lot of GREAT songs on it.