I've been meaning to post this for a long time, but I kinda forgotten all about it until just now.
So, lately I've been listening to pretty much Touhou arrangement, listening to practically nothing else (well, nothing new anyway - besides the arrangements, I've been going through some older stuff that I've kept in my hard disc as well).
And when it comes to Touhou arrangement - as with the other music that I listen to - I have a rather unsophisticated taste, which you would see in a short while:
My favourite type of Touhou arrangements would, without a doubt, be the metal/rock arrangements. The circles that do these arrangement that I listen to extensively would be CROW'SCLAW, ~xi-on~, Iron Attack!, and Unlucky Morpheus.
I've only started to listen to demetori and UI-70, and I'm pretty impressed with what I hear so far. There are other circles that I listen to a few of their albums (C-CLAYS, MyonMyon, Magnum Opus) although I haven't checked beyond their first few albums (they're still sitting in my backlog at the moment).
But, here's a thing: I do have a bit of complaint about some of the arrangements.
One of the thing that I'd nitpick on the circles that do these kind of covers - despite me having an affinity for the genre - is... a few type of arrangement done by circles of this genre. I don't really mind the long guitar solo or anything - what do you expect from these kind of arrangements in the first place? - but some of the electronic-like sound that is placed by some of the circles doesn't sit too well with me.
I don't really know how to further elaborate on that, so let me give you some examples instead:
So what is it about these two arrangements that I don't quite like? Maybe it's the synthesizer, but I can't really say for sure. I mean, if you wanted to say that it's the guitar, they're not too different from the other circles that I listen to. It's not to say that I don't like the other arrangements by these two circles (I have listened to a few of their albums), but it's only these kind of arrangement that I don't find too interesting.
Anyway, the rambling aside, metal/rock arrangements are the best, YEAHHHHHHHHH!
I have a shitty taste in music, I know
When I'm not into metal/rock, and feeling a bit sophisticated (but not much), Touhou vocal arrangement is the next best kind of arrangements to me. Yellow Zebra, SYNC.ART'S and TaNaBaTa are up there in my list when it comes to this type of arrangement. I just started listening to Buta Otome and forestpireo at the moment; the second circle is just all right - I'd still check their later albums - but I'm expecting more good stuff from Buta Otome.
And of course, you can't forget the famous names such as IOSYS, Silver Forest and Sound Holic, although I don't actually check too much of their works (especially Silver Forest - I have only 2 albums off them).
Vocal arrangements are kinda tricky - since my knowledge of Nippon-go is very small, I'd rely on the voices, rather than the lyrics themselves.
I'm not usually too fussy about the music, but for some reason, I don't quite like vocals that go along techno or electronic music (especially the dance music; see the above example) - I prefer it when the vocals are not overwhelmed by the music, I guess. Also, I don't really mind if the vocal is cute or anything, although I actually prefer the more mature vocals (I'm talking about the the female singers by the way - not that I've heard too much male Touhou vocals in the first place...)
I think it's quite funny to see me listening to a metal arrangement at one moment, and switching to some cute girl's singing on the next. Yeah I'm a faggot hahaha
So, with all that is being said: to those who have extensively listened to Touhou arrangements, any similar circles to the one being mentioned up there in my list which you would recommend?
Or, come to that, does anyone have any other good circles that do Touhou arrangements which I should check out? They don't necessarily have to fit the rock/metal and vocal arrangement - as long as they're good, I'm all ears.
Right now, I'm itching to fill up my hard disc with more Touhou music - drop some suggestions in the comment section if you have some~