Songbook

by Mia Doi Todd

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Songbook is Mia’s second album of covers, all songs in English, in contrast to 2014's gorgeous Floresta, a set of Brazilian tunes cut on location. This offering finds her on more familiar linguistic terrain and pays homage to early and contemporary inspirations. The album was recorded and mixed by Todd and husband/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Peterson, with engineering and keyboard assistance from Money Mark. Other ensemble members include drummer/percussionists John Herndon (Tortoise) and Alberto López (Jungle Fire, Quetzal), longtime bassist Gabe Noel, and Sam Gendel on saxophone.

Review by Thom Jurek:
The album opens with a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." Synth strings add a nice textural touch as the meld of strummed acoustic and wah-wah electric guitars seamlessly blends neo-psych and Caribbean sounds. There's a lilting read of the Cure's "Close to Me" with a muted alto saxophone solo hovering above fingerpicked electric guitars, xylophone, and Money Mark's shimmering keys. The dubby, rocksteady take on Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" is excellent. Todd allows her tender, emotionally resonant vocal to be carried by the music. Her version of Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" reveals its roots in early-'60s rock and doo wop balladry. The slippery lounge jazz read of Ned Doheny's "A Love of Your Own" adds sultry, slinky electric piano and saxophone work to frame Todd's vocal, making it a set highlight.

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released May 20, 2016

2016, 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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