I just love the East Asian indie scene--the soft and expressive female vocals (not as into the soft male vocals in that style--I prefer more manly male vocals), acoustic instruments (and sometimes joined by electronic ones), and that cheerful, wistful, and sometimes melancholic vibe. My brother calls it the "Faux Cafe Scene," where all the songs sound like they should be playing in cozy cafes.
Thanks for the J-Rabbit recommendation. Loved their live recordings on Youtube--that kind of joyous approach to making music is so infectious.
While going through J-Rabbit videos, it lead me to Morrie. I don't remember if previous posts already introduced her, but here are some songs from her. I'm a total sucker for the cute indie girl voice--it just makes me melt and want to go around hugging everyone.