Boomkat Product Review:
Having been on the receiving end of saccharine injections from Meso Meso and Lullatone not too long ago, it's easy to approach the music of female Japanese electronic songwriter/lo-fi producer types with a certain amount of prejudice - even trepidation, because there's really only so much coy, whispery cuteness you can take before the stereotype sticks. Fortunately, Miko's debut album for the excellent Plop imprint sidestep any such twee-isms, favouring a more full-blooded and strident tone that steers clear of close-up bedroom-recorded dynamics, instead favouring a grander, more stratospheric sound, as typified by the clattering post-pop of the title track, which opens this fine set of songs. One of the highlights on the album, 'Jagajaga' shimmers with a coarse Kevin Shields-like level of distortion texture. As so many things do at the moment - but hey, at least there's no Fisher Price xylophone on it... oh hang on, there might be actually, but at least it's being sufficiently scrunched into the blurry wall-of-fuzz production. Another winner, 'Heartbreak Blues' supplies some sublime strangeness, taking nebulous sonic backdrops and embedding Miko's drifting vocal deep into their fluffy fabric - solid material throughout. Recommended.