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Miwa Gemini

Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose

(Rock Park; US: 31 May 2011)

Weirdos always make great music, and anyone who writes a soundtrack to her own made-up tale about a muse she met in Joshua Tree over 100 years ago gains the title of “weirdo”. Van Gogh and Einstein were also anything but normal, so Miwa Gemini shouldn’t frown at that label. Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose is one of the more artistic albums released this year, displaying a variety of sounds such as Italian waltz, country western, and “Misirlou”-style surf rock, but without ever getting too “out there”. Gemini studied classical music while growing up in China, and later she studied art in NYC, where she still resides.  It’s apparent that her experiences with both eastern and western cultures is what grants her such an eclectic sound.

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Matt has been reviewing for PopMatters for only a short while, but he's been obsessed with music ever since he started forming memories. He watches way more TV and Netflix than he ever reads, but when he does read, he reads Bill Simmons' Grantland. He contributes to MVREMIX, as well as writes for his own blog, The-lysine-contingency.tumblr.com. He resides in Los Angeles.


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Miwa Gemini’s second record is full of pretty songs that aren’t too radical or terribly profound, yet her floating voice seems perfect for the kind of half-life experience that is afforded by shopping or waiting for someone in a restaurant.
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