Mieko Shimizu “My Tentacles”
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Mieko Shimizu “My Tentacles”

“My Tentacles” is the quixotic single re-release by radical, nonconformist, Japanese singer and multi-instrumentalist, Mieko Shimizu.

The single, which has picked up airplay from BBC 6 Music’s Deb Grant & Tom Ravenscroft lately, is the offbeat, unworldliness that is; “My Tentacles”, the title track of the soon to be re-released album of the same name. It is be-thronged by chimeric fusions, dysfunctional beats and startling mutations.

Following the single’s release on 9th February, Mieko is now back with an equally radical video for “My Tentacles”, created by by diz_qo

For this free-spirited champion of outsider art pop, her Tentacles are truly her own, Mieko has played at Sonar, alongside Kraftwerk as well as support for Goldfrapp and Massive Attack at their Melt Down Festival. She is currently artist in residence for Wonky Plonky Electronk, an experimental, electronic live event which is touring the UK throughout 2024, the next show being on 28th March at The Cinema Room at All Is Joy in London.

On 28th March, Wonky Plonky Electronk takeover the former Warner Bros cinema now run by arts collective, All is Joy. The line-up features boundary defining artists, including Wrangler featuring electronic legend, Stephen Malinder (Cabaret Voltaire), synthmeister supreme Benge (John Fox & The Math) and Phil Winter (Tuung), collaborators all with John Grant in Creepshow. Along with nonconformist Japanese outsider Mieko Shimizu, noise-bass guerrilla Dhangsha, modular synth landscaper Shape Navigator and break through Sound Artist & Composer Jasmine Morris.

She has released 7 albums, her most recent album is “I Bloom”, it features former member of The Cardiacs, William D Drake, who also features on the EP Write to Be along with German artist, Barbara Morgenstern & Polish Artist Orla Schmitt. Her last release was the sonic explosion of the EP “Phenomena of the Mind”. Other albums include the eponymous album of drum n’ bass fury, as her alter ego Apache 61.

Mieko has worked with an extensive range of artists including Japan’s Mick Karn, Nitin Sawhney, Riz MC, David Cunningham, Robert Lippok and has also re-mixed the likes of Coldcut and Haruomi Hosono of ‘Yellow Magic Orchestra’.

The album features bass by Renell Shaw. It was recorded / mixed / produced by Mieko Shimizu & Peter Morris at Street Furniture Studios, Soho, London. Assisted by Teitur Arnason, George Stamenkovic, ‘Tall’ George Reid & Oliver Sanders. Mastered by Keith Tenniswood at Curve Pusher.

The single “My Tentacles” is re-released on 9th of February 2024 on Street Furniture Records along with pre-sales of album of the same name which will be released on March 15th, 2024. It was originally released in 2011. This digitally remastered version has been repackaged with new designs by Jimmy Hunter at We Are Noisy.

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