Hear Tokyo-Based Oh, Yoko’s Mesmerizing, Homespun ‘Grand Prix’
Debut album 'I Love You...' arrives in August via Normal Cookie
Rie Mitsutake previously recorded austere but vivid homemade pop as Miko, including 2010’s excellent Chandelier on Australian boutique label Room40/Someone Good. More recently, the Toyko-based artist has been working with Will Long, aka drone artist Celer, under the name Oh, Yoko; the duo’s ambient-folk single “Seashore” has already received a remix by deep-house savant DJ Sprinkles. In August, Oh Yoko will release their debut album, the 14-track I Love You…, via their own Normal Cookie label. As with Chandelier, this one’s a simple yet elegant set built around homey acoustic instruments and vintage electronics. The English-language narration on I Love You…‘s “I Did This I Did That” make it a good entry point for anglophone listeners, but the dreamily sprawling “Grand Prix” is more representative of the record’s considerable charms, which transcend tongues. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Bandcamp pages for ordering information.