Thursday, February 21, 2008

Listening to: Momokomotion "Punk in a Coma"

I've been really loving Punk in a Coma, the debut solo album from Momoko Ueda--aka Momokomotion--a former member of the Thai electro-punk band Futon (and also, according to her bio, a former student at San Francisco's Art Institute). It's a perfect piece of idiosyncratic modern pop, with just the right balance of squelchy synths, programmed beats and guitar crunch, not to mention, apropos of the Yoshitomo Nara designed booklet it comes packaged in, a bracing dose of kinder-punk attitude. There are a number of standout tracks among Ueda's self-penned originals and nothing that sucks--plus a Japanese language cover of Nirvana's "All Apologies". This is definitely worth picking up for anyone with a taste for fun, energetic and quirky pop with an international gloss.

Video: Momokomotion "Toy"

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