Though classified as a "pop" band, See-Saw features a wide range of songs that transcend genre labels and becomes something that can only be defined as "See-Saw." Formerly a trio, See-Saw is fronted by Chiaki Ishikawa (who has an angelic voice), but the real focus is on Yuki Kajiura, who composes and produces the duo's music.
You may not be familiar with the band unless you enjoy anime, of which the majority of the band's work is related to. See-Saw is most famous for the hauntingly beautiful and grim .hack//SIGN soundtrack, but also composed music for Noir, .hack//Liminality, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
"I have seen this city a thousand times. Through the glass twenty stories high, I have watched this city burn. If everything that you said is true, there is no hope someday they will learn. But if I stay here with you, then I will never know the truth." -The Will of One
Not much is known about The Protomen. They claim to be a loose collection of friends from various bands, but also claim to kick the heads off robots daily. Focusing their music on a retelling of Mega Man through the glasses of George Orwell, the future is a dystopian nightmare and Dr. Wily rules the people through their own fear. Dr. Light's own hand in the creation of the robots leaves him with much guilt and seeks to right the wrong he had so blindly been a part of.
Both albums feature a unique sound that is distinctly Mega Man, but I find the second album is much better to listen to from the beginning to the end, while the first album can essentially be listened to in any order.
Meet Amélie. Anything but your ordinary girl, Amélie is that strangely alluring mix of introvert and extrovert; the kind of girl you stare at because she's dressed as though she had fallen into a laundry basket or is preoccupied watching a ladybug dine on a leaf. Amélie is also the kind of person who flutters into your life, and you kindly inquire, "Where did you come from?" because you know you did not leave the window open. However, after checking to ensure your senility, you realize she's gone.
That is Amélie.
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, or simply, Amélie, captures that spirit. Like lightning in a bottle, we know this is a ruse, we understand that the happenings of Amélie are far too idealistic, too "by-chance: too lucky. We don't care though. Whether it's the quirky charm of her acquaintances or her own antics, one cannot help but fall under the spell of Amélie.
If you have yet to see this film, I highly recommend it. However, the music is, by and far, the greatest thing about this French film. It's been said that Yann Tiersen's score for this film put him on the same level as John Williams and Philip Glass. I'll let you decide:
Established in 2005 when the original three members were hired to create music for silent porn, Caravan Palace has found a niche among music lovers with its unique Electroswing (that's a combination of electro and swing if you didn't guess already). Without an album to their name, Caravan Palace still managed to take the internet by storm with their singles and demos, leading to their debut, self-titled album that reached a peak of 11th place on the French charts, but remained on for 68 consecutive weeks. Though still touring, no word has been heard of a follow-up album.