Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Mei Semones - "Tegami"

Photo by Katherine M. Salvador

Brooklyn's Mei Semones just released a new single that is a glorious mash-up of multiple different styles. "Tegami" is based in jazz and bossa nova, but there are also strong elements of indie rock and melodic pop music. At times the song will sound like pure jazz, and others more like an artist like Stereolab. And then there's the time the guitars kick in and "Tegami" rocks much harder than expected. Despite all the different sounds and styles, at no point does the song sound like a trainwreck. Everything flows together and all the elements weave in and out of each other expertly. Mei Semones has truly crafted a brilliant and entertaining song just begging for multiple listens.

Mei Semones explains her new single:

“‘Tegami’ was my first time experimenting with Bossa Nova style music in odd meters. It's a love song. My partner likes to write me letters, but I'm not very good at writing letters back. So instead I wrote this song, hence the name of the song ‘Tegami’ which means ‘letter’ in Japanese. I think the range of style is really noticeable in this song, and it's one of our more ambitious string arrangements with lots of intricate lines & textures.”

You can listen to "Tegami" below. Kabutomushi is due out April 5 on Bayonet Records, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Mei Semones, check out the artist's website.

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