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A former member of Cibo Matto, Miho Hatori has also collaborated with Smokey Hormel on two albums, and has been on recordings by the Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Spoon, Mitchell Froom, John Zorn, and others. Her talents and tastes are broad and deep, and Ecdysis, her first solo release, is a sparkling synthesis of sounds and styles reflecting these various interests. Self-produced by the multi-talented Hatori (she also sings in Japanese and English and plays several instruments), the album is a funky, intriguing, and sonically rich work that intertwines electronic loops, bossa nova rhythms, and her dreamy vocals, then floats them atop a dizzying and delightful mix of global percussion. The highlights are many, including the irresistible keyboard hook of “Barracuda,” the infectious groove of “Sweet Samsara (Pt. 2),” the samba-soaked “Today Is Like That,” the catchy chorus of “The River of 3 Crossings,” and the way her sweetly versatile voice soars, hiccups, and coos out her evocative lyrics. Imaginative and stylish, Ecdysis is a memorable collection of cleverly structured pop gems.

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Truly great!

While stepping out of her Cibo Matto shell, Miho Hatori ventures out into the adventure of the solo artist. Fellow Cibo Matto star, Yuka Honda, has two albums under her belt and it's high time we got some from Miho. Listening to this album I get the sense of a mix of Bjork and Yok Ono's best work. The album is both experimental and progressive in its approach. It's a great one to listen to, especailly the trippy sounds of Barracuda. Make no mistake; this is not Cibo Matto. It is a pure new sound and it is completely avant garde. And it is nothing but pure Miho Hatori. I have dearly missed you, Miho. Your incredible voice had me hooked the moment I first heard it. I scoured the net in search for more music beyond Cibo Matto. I was thrilled to see your solo album was released. After waiting and waiting for an American release (Ecdysys was released in Japan first) I am finally getting my Miho fix. We love you Miho! Glad to have you back.

Yes, yes...

I get the Bjork comparisons. There are some familiar elements, but Miho is extraordinary. Chill music with good beats, a mellow flow, slightly eerie. Great stuff, especially for those who enjoy Japanese music. And Cibo Matto.

A must have

Ecdysis: the process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods). In that sense I see Miho Hatori shedding her old artistic skin and in replacement of a new composition. This album brings a story line like no other and a fantastic symbolic melody. Miho Hatori took a nice step in making this solo album. There’s a nice variety of mellowness and slightly energetic songs within this album. She has a smooth voice and this CD is very nice to listen to. If your not familiar with Miho Hatori or the group Cibo Matto then I would subjecting checking out this album because it is very nice to listen to.

Biography

Born: April 5, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With Cibo Matto, as a collaborator, and in her solo work, Miho Hatori has always displayed an eclectic, playful touch that's worldly in the best sense of the word: fusing her love of everything from bossa nova to hip-hop to metal and rock with her Japanese heritage, Hatori's musical excursions sound equally well-traveled and organic. Growing up in Tokyo, Hatori worked at a record store and also spun records as a DJ; early on, she gravitated toward hip-hop, rapping with a group called Kimidori. After...
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