{Artist Spotlight} Kanon

February 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Kanon, Music, _Artist Spotlight | Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, ne?

When you mention “Kanon” to the usual anime & J-Pop fan, what usually comes to mind is the visual-novel-turned-anime featuring insanely cute characters with impossibly huge eyes. Or for the J-Rock lovers, the bassist of Antic Cafe.

But the Kanon I’m talking about is the classical-based J-Pop singer who provided the unique and beautiful theme songs to the animes La Corda d’Oro ~primo passo~ and Angel Heart.

Kanon’s official profile picture – taken from Channel-Ai’s blog

Kanon has a distinctive voice – it’s powerful and gentle at the same time and also classical sounding and a bit operatic at times. She has a rather wide vocal range; judging from her bright and powerful high notes, I do believe she’s mainly a soprano, but her alto-range notes are very solid as well. If I had to compare her to a western singer, it would be Sarah Brightman.

Style-wise, I think “J-Pop” is a bit of a misnomer for Kanon. She’s one of those “border singers” – on the edge of two genres, classical and pop in her case. In general, most of Kanon’s songs are inspired by (and use samples from) classical pieces (I believe she even used Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but I forgot in which song). Her songs are soothing – perfect for relaxing to after a stressful day, or just when you’re in the mood for something calm.

Song Recommendations:

1. Brand New Breeze
2. My Destiny

The two songs above were anime themes – Brand New Breeze is La Corda d’Oro’s OP and My Destiny is Angel Heart’s 3rd ED.

Trivia: Brand New Breeze was inspired by Edward Elgar’s “Salut d’amour” and My Destiny by Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise.”


my favorite Kanon CD cover


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