So here's the beginning of a series of posts to try and tempt you to listen to more alternative sound.
And what better way to start of, with the sound of FREETEMPO.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but this music is good for generating a positive, casual mood.
Even if there are some sadder sounds/themes, Takeshi Hanzawa always includes some kind of reassurance in his music that things'll be fine in the end.
I had never discovered FREETEMPO until I stumbled it from Youtube, but as far as I can tell most music he makes has English lyrics rather than Japanese lyrics. More information and more tracks can be found at his page on last.fm
Next is DJ Okawari who I've only just recently discovered. His music is deeply varied, from composing a beautiful melody on the piano, to making more technical rthymns.
DJ Okawari is a great composer for the piano.
I find it easy to listen to this artist because the sounds are so varied, he doesn't get boring, which I think makes him a very good, original artist.
Another thing with DJ Okawari is that he likes to use sampling in his music, and I think he does this brilliantly. Check out his last.fm page here.
Now for a few more alternative sounds you may have missed out on:
I have to especially mention Mutyumu as being particually amazing ^
Hope this was interesting to you.
Part 2 coming soon...