Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Japanese Rock
Yoshimio (previously referred to as Yoshimi P-We) is best known for singing and drumming in the Boredoms and leading OOIOO, in which she sings and plays guitar, but she's also been collaborating with sitar player Yoshida Daikiti since the early 2000s. She joined his group Psycho Baba and appeared on their 2001 album, On the Roof of Kedar Lodge, and the group continued to perform and record, with their name eventually morphing into Saicobab. They contributed a cover of "Death Valley 69" to Confuse Yr Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth (2004), which featured vocals from Kim Gordon herself.
It feels like quite some time since the world has had the pleasure of hearing Japanese musician Yoshimi at full pelt. The vocalist (and sometime drummer) is most noted for her work with noise rockers The Boredoms and Free Kitten, but has flitted through many projects over the years, and here returns to grace some ragas from the seemingly long-lived but under-recorded SAICOBAB. Yoshimi's vocals generally make her sound as if she's experiencing perverse pleasure from hopping up and down on a hotplate (sometimes here through fizzy effects or the medium of yodelling).