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Come Out of Your Mine

by Mia Doi Todd

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Strawberries 03:13
Jackals 05:51
Save Me 02:07
Your Room 02:52
Spring 02:56
Strange Wind 02:52
Age 01:25


Mia’s second album, Come Out of Your Mine, is very much a sequel to her debut, even in the pen and ink illustrations of the booklet. It is another solo acoustic recording, just voice and steel string guitar. The only adornment is the natural reverb of the chapel where it was recorded in the middle of the night in November of 1997. In these songs, which are more elaborate, personal and literary, Mia begins to hone her unique singing style and songcraft. Like a bard or troubadour, she is a creature from a more pastoral time, as she sings: “Today’s not an age made for maidens, but I am the age of a maiden.” Themes of romance, heartbreak, and independence predominate. The turn of the millennium looms large, and the foreboding of an uncertain future is present in the songs.

The first track, “Independence Day,” chronicles a Fourth of July spent watching fireworks over Boston’s Charles River where the recent college graduates gather for a friend’s wedding and ruminate on adulthood and the multitude of divergent paths awaiting them. “Strawberries” is a luscious track which likens ripe fruit and vegetables to the blooming of romance. The song “Hijikata Tatsumi” reveals Mia’s interest in the modern Japanese dance form “Ankoku Butoh.” The album was released in 1999 on San Francisco’s The Communion Label after Mia returned from a year in Japan, studying Butoh dance with Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka, and at Asbestos-kan.

Stark simplicity, honesty and fragility characterize Mia’s work. One timeless, standout track is “Spring,” which was featured in Michel Gondry’s film “Mood Indigo.” The song is about personal recovery after great mental or physical breakdown.


released May 17, 1999

1999, Mia Doi Todd


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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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