myspace band of the week
mmm (memymo!) is the solo project of mmm from Maria Hato and friends. Her first album パヌー (Panu) was released late 2009/early 2010 (whichever makes it eligible for my year-end list) on kiti label. She also helped out on labelmate oono yuuki’s Stars In Video Game and released a CD-R in July.
“マジカル・オムニブス号 (Magical Omnibus)” was the first single off Panu and was made into an exuberant one-take PV. It’s easily the happiest song on the album and you’re a horrible person if that video doesn’t make you smile. The rest of the songs are much more of a subdued folk affair, or as she says “all my songs tend to be saddy but I actually am very happy.”
“外人さん (Foreigner)” and “ゲロ吐く時の歌 (Song of vomit puke)” are strange to say the least but showcase mmm’s vocal range. “There there” is a beautiful song, sung entirely in English, that should put mmm on the shortlist of best female singer-songwriters in Japan.