Ytamo: Mi Wo (Someone Good, 2016)April 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Ytamo is a female solo artist from Japan who has worked with collage/abstract pop artist Oorutaichi. She’s been making music for a while, but this is her first recording available outside of Japan. Her music combines delicate vocals and acoustic instruments (woodwinds, pianos) with clicking electronic beats. It is every bit as sweet and dreamy as you would expect, with light music box melodies and soft atmospheric sounds in the background, but it’s still a bit more abstract and strange than it might seem. The beats have a bit of an 808 kick to them, and sometimes they approach being danceable, but it feels like just an incidental groove. The vocals feel the same way, they drift in and out through the songs rather than being the central focus of them. But that’s not to say that they aren’t important to the songs. The album is playful, sunny, fluttery, curious, shy, and blissful.