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Moskitoo - Mitosis

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Mitosis by Moskitoo
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9/10 according to on Tue 03 Sep, 2013

Here’s an album of delicate breathy glitchpop from Moskitoo on 12K, a label which generally deals in the more ambient/minimal/sound arty side of things so as you might imagine this is finely detailed and quite understated stuff, with gently pulsing, twinking and glistening synths cut nervous melodies over which she can drape her wispy, tentative vocals.

It’s a silky an immersive listen, with the sheer melodic beauty and craftily weird arrangements reminding me a little of The Notwist or even the Postal Service only stripped back from their bold pop-isms into a bare, twitching electronic sculpture. There are organic sounds on here too like a gently plucked guitar in ‘Vulpecula’, but the majority of the textures and the way they’re constructed is very computery.

Another thing it reminds me of is the experimental noise pop on this week’s debut by Katie Gately, but with a focus on extreme quietude rather than extreme noise. They’re both making computer noises sculpted in a very human, and indeed very feminine way, with as much focus on the arsenal of detailed computer tones as the heartstring-tugging melodies. It reminds me of the creative yet coy styles of people like Tenniscoats or Takako Minekawa but upgraded into slickly hi-tech territory. Really very good.

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2007 saw the album debut of Moskitoo with 12k’s Drape (12k1041). Since then, Moskitoo (Tokyo’s Sanae Yamasaki) has been busy performing live, recording and releasing new work (including sound/voice for Japanese media/television and iOS apps) and expanding her talents as a visual artist in Japan. After six years of growth as an artist she presents her sophomore album, Mitosis.

Mitosis begins with “Wonder Particle,” a track that very much sums up Moskitoo’s intentions: to embrace the digital with not only a human, but a distinctly feminine touch. Wispy, layered vocals swim around rhythmic fragments and warm insect-like noises. The music is strange and otherwordly, perhaps the soundtrack to an evening stroll on a warm night in a bustling alien city. There are lights, swarms of sound, a myriad of conversations blended by a thousand different stories of passers-by always on the move.

The inspirations behind this second album are not far away from these ideas. Moskitoo herself was thinking of journeys, even ones on the cellular level. Mitosis, or the division of a cell into two identical sets of chromosomes, was a point of departure for Moskitoo as she explored the ideas of division, expansion, the human body, and small particles of matter. One can draw a correlation between these ideas and her music as it nervously wiggles it way through sounds both liquid and electronic.

Mitosis is a dreamy, playful and serious album that shows Moskitoo’s talents as a sound explorer and songwriter. It is at once both catchy and curious, a question that doesn’t always need an answer. 

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