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Editors’ Notes

Mia Doi Todd is, thus far, a great, overlooked talent. Her simple folk melodies and beautiful vocals are reminiscent of the early ‘60s in their purity and lack of artifice. There is an elemental joy to “My Baby Lives In Paris” that elicits feelings of first love and of springtime. There’s a Spanish undertow to many tracks including the lilting opener, “Paraty” and Violetta Parra’s “Gracias a la Vida” that easily transcends language. Baden Powell’s “Canto de lemanja” features beautifully multi-tracked vocals that accentuate the uneasy feeling of the sparse percussion. Latin percussion further emphasizes the beauty of “Under the Sun,” a cut that sounds as if it was unearthed from a Los Angeles recording studio in the early 1970s. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez will surely thrill to this unpretentious sound. Todd is classically trained and unashamed to use her knowledge. It’s a pity there aren’t more like her. But then refined talent is always at a premium.

Customer Reviews

Spellbindingly Bewitching

I had the opportunity to see Mia play live tonight in Silver Lake on the final night of her tour with my friend Holcombe Waller (another amazingly talented musician), and I was positively blown away with her artistry and her clear, incredible voice. I wasn't familiar with her except by name until earlier today, when I decided I should familiarize myself with some of her music before I saw her play live. I downloaded this album and was instantly struck by its gentle, prescient melodies and its obvious earthly influences (ocean, trees, forests, etc.), not to mention Mia's gift for singing in French (or about France) and her tropical, Brazilian vibe. As soon as I heard "Paraty," I was hooked. It reminded me of Rosa Pasos with its lilting, tropical overtones and lazy bossa riffs. "My Baby Lives in Paris" really sold me though. Anyone who evokes "the birthplace of Edith Piaf" in her music has got my attention. Other tracks like the gorgeous "Under the Sun," "Skipping Stones" and "Summer Lover" further drew me in with their sweet, gentle stylings and Mia's crystal clear voice, which at times reminds me of not only Rosa Pasos, but also Joni Mitchell in her Laurel Canyon days. It was a true gift to discover Mia and this album today. I will definitely be exploring her other albums. In fact, I actually bought one ("Gea") at the show tonight. Can't wait to dive into it. Buy this album if you love great original music. You'll love it.

Love it.

This is exactly what I needed for this summer. A smooth album that's easy to the ears and takes me away when I close my eyes. Thank you Mia Doi Todd.

Amazing

Great singer

Biography

Born: June 30, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A singer and songwriter whose music embraces a rich variety of cultural and creative influences, Mia Doi Todd was born June 30, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. Todd grew up in a creative household; her father, Michael Todd, was a sculptor of note, and her mother, Kathryn Doi Todd, was an Associate Justice in the California Court of Appeals, as well as a patron of the arts who has helped bring traditional Japanese dance and theater troupes to Los Angeles. As a child, Todd became involved in theater...
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