Just stumbled across a Japanese singer, Onitsuka Chihiro (鬼束ちひろ), and whoa! What a voice! (Her website, in Japanese, and a Wikipedia listing, in English.) The lyrics are wonderful, but even if you don’t speak Japanese, her voice is really moving. I can’t recommend her songs enough.
The best song so far is Watashi to warutsu wo (Waltz with me). I found lyrics here, but I don’t think they’re totally accurate. (Maybe the version I have isn’t the same one that this person used to write up the translation. I’ll write up my own when I have time.)
For all the blog visitors who’ve come here via Google, sorry, but I don’t have anything interesting to say about her. Just trying to spread the word about what a great artist she is.