Aimer, your favorite singer
I chose Your Favorite Things as the title as it is a cornerstone of the artist in her career.
With her deep unique husky voice, her cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face reached the top in the lead album chart for the jazz category in the iTunes Store and its album reaching second. Accompanied by this big jump, her start wasn’t actually an easy one. When she was 15, she damaged her vocal chords by accident but it soon was gradually treated with Silent therapy. Then when her voice came back it was new, different and was to be obsessed with. She entered the industry with mystery – her voice, identity, and style were distinct from others and thus would give anyone an experience they would ever remember in their lives.
Anime, the way to people’s hearts
Not only did Aimer sing for the masses but also for the enthusiasts. It became a sustenance for her career as it would always be there to be an strategic point to combine her music with culture. Her continuing popularity proved its benefits.
I just want to bring up her debut song Rokutosei no Yoru (Night of the Sixth Magnitude Stars) from No.6 anime.
The song evokes good memories and expresses the sadness of a farewell, but mixed with the hope of meeting that person again.
Rokutosei refers to the stars with the apparent magnitude of 6.
In astronomy, magnitude measures the brightness of a celestial body.
The brighter an object appears, the lower the value of its magnitude, with the brightest objects reaching negative values.
Magnitude six stars are usually the limit human naked eyes can observe. But, only in a very dark sky and in places without light pollution.
So, these nights are the darkest, but also lighten by the dimly shining stars which represent the hope that always exists.
Her songs Brave Shine and Last Stardust were some of the well known hits she made for an anime most likely to an adaptation of a game route called Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. After Aimer finished the game she made both songs and gave them to the producer, one ended up as the Opening theme and the other as an Insert song in Episode 20 of the series. She also made songs for Bleach, Gundam Unicorn, Natsume’s Book of Friends and Vinland Saga.
Her position did not only ended up being a single singer but also had collaborations and mentions from many notable people. Some of the big names Aimer worked with were Taka (ONE OK ROCK), Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS), TK (Ling tosite sigure) the Tokyo Ghoul OP singer, and chelly (EGOIST). All of her participation with them and other artists songs are compiled in her Daydream album. Aimer’s Kataomoi(One-sided Love) was also recommended in Twitter by Namjoon from BTS a popular K pop group giving her a well deserved attention from more people. Another plus is that she had a performance with Slovak Radio Symphony, an orchestra.
Did you know she only revealed her face in 2016? Hidden behind the angles of the spotlight during her concerts and even the cameras avoided showing her face. And guess what, she wears glasses while singing live which all the more contributed to her shy and mysterious persona.
“Because my best feature is my singing voice, I wanted people to focus only on my music without prejudice by excluding other information because nowadays you can get various kinds of information quickly.” – Aimer
Another reason we see here is that in one time,”dry” voice like an adult, and “sweet” voice like a child, that voice a “DRY & SWEET”. She really appreciates it if her voice is described in that way and it also really comes close to her 2nd cover album entitled Bitter & Sweet.
The pseudonym Aimer (エメ, pronounced eh-meh) is a French word which means “to love”. She didn’t reveal her real name but she said that she’s from Kumamoto, Japan. She sings jazz, pop, ballads, orchestral and rock. Aimer entitled herself as singer-songwriter. Read this blog for about her position in the music industry.
Other facts? In an early age, Aimer started well with music as her father was a bassist of a band. During her elementary years she played the piano. With the inspiration from different musicians she looked up to, she made a move to learn guitar in junior high. She also writes music in English has good authority on the language because of her experiences living abroad.
With all these information, I reckon that Aimer is like a flower blooming in the desert, amongst the parched barren sands, a different beauty is secretly hidden like a gem waiting to be found and be kept again in a grandiose of collection. Truly a mystery.