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by piquo

The new release from NYC's downtown act. This girl-fronted Japanese trio PIQUO combines dreamy melodies and reflective lyrics with pretty side of sadness, naturally swinging into your cells.
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oasis of Piquo
2:23 $0.99
2. Fish Race
3:39 $0.99
3. Where Are They Going?
3:09 $0.99
4. Kappa 64
2:42 $0.99
5. Amefuri No Gogo
3:54 $0.99
6. In the Dream
3:46 $0.99
7. Depressed Mind
2:23 $0.99
8. A Murmur From Heaven
6:08 $0.99
9. On the Way
3:23 $0.99
10. Mono-beings
3:15 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Reviewed by Womenrock.com

Piquo is the type of music you discover in a Quentin Tarantino movie. In fact, Monobeings would make a perfect soundtrack for Kill Bill Part Trois. Call it Ukulele Rock with Olive Oyl at the mic and haikus for lyrics. Vocals are more melodic than the general cacophony associated with Asian pop though some words slip and slide and slur into the next and, the songs in Japanese are a little less listener-friendly for obvious reasons. At its best Monobeings reflects early 90's alt rock, something like Violent Femmes karaoke style.

"A unique sound from this NYC-based Japanese combo.
Seeing them live is a delight, with the sight of Naomi fronting, on vocals at her stand-up drum kit." By Harris Radio



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Tom Sean (The Black Spoons)

Here is the next stage in the evolution of Piquo
I witnessed some of the recording sessions for this album, and I thought I knew how good it was going to be. When I heard it, I was wrong: it far surpassed my expectations, which were already sky high! Even better than the debut album, mono-beings demonstrates the next step in Watanabe's unfolding brilliance as a songwriter. She crafts compositions that effortlessly, seamlessly, and ethereally move through and between complex rhythms, harmonies, and imagery. Get this album.


Experimental Experiential
'mono-beings' in particular, and piquo in general, are for the musically undercurious, what you might refer to as 'an acquired taste.' Much like a Can or a Talking Heads, or a Shaggs or a Wesley Willis for that matter, part of the nuance of piquo is accepting the body of their work on all horizons. Naomi, also an artist by more conventional wisdom, manifests a mural that is at times cutesy and cacaphonious, groovy and grabby... and sometimes just outright odd. Perhaps not the gift of choice for those hard of listening, but for the musiphiles who have everything, I'm pretty damn sure they don't have this.

Eunice Wong (www.eunicewong.com)

Absolutely Unique Piquo
Mono-Beings captures an ethereal but deeply rooted, bilingual emotional landscape - alternating wistful yearning and child-like delight and hilarity in the world. It is a truly unique musical experience. I highly recommend Mono-Beings, and all Piquo albums and shows.

maxine lu

blooming flowers in the sea
mono-being displays the subtle beauty of daily life--its quirkiness, happiness and sadness. the simple yet insightful soundscape triggers imageries rooted from some sweetest dreams and fantasies, a murakami-sque landscape that quietly haunts you days after, blending itself into you life and enticing many smiles...