Mia Doi Todd
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||Harmonium One||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||6:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Arise||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||7:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Samai'I||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||3:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Electrafficbirds One||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||5:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Simple Things||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||7:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Emotion||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||5:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Electrafficbirds Two||Mia Doi Todd & Andres Renteria||8:38||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Starting with an echoed rattle of percussion before moving into a serene performance on the titular instrument, "Harmonium One" begins Mia Doi Todd's first all-instrumental album with an appropriate note — if one is creating morning music, after all, why not aim for a slow, serene feeling of the best sunrise ever? From there, Morning Music lives up to both name and intent as Todd and collaborator Andres Renteria create a batch of equally gentle, contemplative pieces that seem tailor-made for thoughtfully looking out of a window over a cup of good tea or else finding the perfect spot to sit and think while a warm breeze blows. (Which, depending on what one has done the night before, might be just what the doctor ordered.) In fairness, little about Morning Music is unique or remarkable given the past decades of recorded experiments in ambient or contemplative sound — if there are no direct nods, artists like Brian Eno and Harold Budd hang very heavy, as do any number of calmer drone-inspired figures. It's the combination of the various impulses that lends Morning Music much of its charm, though, since at its best many things are brought together so well — the crumbling room-mike edge of "Samai'i," which almost feels like a glitch track produced by Alvin Lucier at its start, or the Laurel Canyon-strum and float of "Emotion," flute adding a pastoral feeling to a never-never land sensibility.
Born: June 30, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '00s, '10s