The members of Minamo (Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga) have known Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) for many, many years and have worked together in all sorts of ways. They have not, however, performed a live set or recorded together before what has become Superstition.

Superstition is a gathering of close friends creating music they love to create and exploring the small crevices and details of electric, electronic, and acoustic sounds. While the songs sound intentionally composed and arranged, the actual recording process was quite spontaneous and generative.

Minamo has a wonderful back catalog of releases on 12k, Room 40 and the all-too-short-lived Apestaartje. Their music is known to incorporate a large amount of interesting instruments and sound-making objects. Dreamy and fractured, beautiful and slightly unsettling. Moskitoo adds a vocal element not heard before in Minamo’s music bringing an angelic air to the scattered earthen sound.

Album Credits

Recorded at Echo and Cloud Studio, Tokyo  on 27th December, 2018.

Lyrics on “Imperial Webster” were cited from “Monochrome” written by Natsuki Suyama and Tetsuro Yasunaga, (HIROI Publishing, 2017.)

Performed by:
Keiichi Sugimoto
Moskitoo
Tetsuro Yasunaga

Mixed by Keiichi Sugimoto
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Cover image by Moskitoo

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Moskitoo

Born in 1978, and raised in Sapporo, Japan, Moskitoo is a sound and graphic designer and vocalist now based in Tokyo. Her debut album, Drape, was released on 12k in 2007. Moskitoo creates her own musical world using everyday instruments and objects like guitars, xylophones, and toys, to produce a style where electronic sounds and the harmonic layer of her unique voice meet. Thanks to the great success of “Drape”, especially overseas, Moskitoo has toured Japan…

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Minamo

In 1999, the electro-acoustic group Minamo was formed by Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga. In 2000, minamo’s self-released CD-R “wakka” was reissued by the New York label Quakebasket. This release was selected by Matmos as one of best sounds in 2001 in The Wire magazine. In 2001 two new members joined, Yuiichiro Iwashita (guitar) and Namiko Sasamoto (sax, organ), to make the band a quartet. In 2002, first CD album “.kgs” has released by the…

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