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by Mia Doi Todd

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Digital 08:37
Poppyfields 05:14
Obsession 03:15
Ziggurat 06:33
Merry Me 03:59
Can I? 10:20
Amnesia 05:41
Like a Knife 04:06
Tugboat 02:25


Zeroone from 2001 is Mia’s third album and the last of her solo acoustic recordings. She recorded the songs herself at her home studio in Los Angeles, using the first generation of ProTools’ Digi001, and released it on her new label, City Zen Records. This was the beginning of the digital era and independence for many artists enabled by the new technology. The first track “Digital,” encapsulates this ethos and also makes reference to the Butoh concept of “body on the edge of crisis.” Many of the songs on Zeroone were written while Mia was living in Japan, studying the modern dance form Ankoku Butoh with Kazuo Ohno, Min Tanaka and at Asbestos-kan. The tenets of Butoh are embedded into the songs, especially the idea of casting off the everyday body deformed by society to uncover the raw pre-Industrial body closer to human nature.

In much of Mia’s work, nature and romance go hand in hand, in such a way that metaphor operates both on the personal microcosmic level and also on the macrocosmic level. Poppy Fields is the most unique of the tracks on Zeroone, with its plucked arpeggios increasing in tempo and swelling vocals which give a hint of Mia’s early operatic training. This song is a sign of Mia’s return to the west coast after several years in New England, New York City and Tokyo. The blooming of the poppy fields is a sensational experience of spring—colorful, saturated, ripe. The album closes with “Tugboat,” a song about oppression, redemption and freedom, recurring themes of the album.


released March 27, 2001

2001, 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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