Artist: Mia Doi Todd

Date Released: February 8, 2005

Label: Plug Research

Produced By:


  1. The Way
  2. What If We Do?
  3. My Room is White
  4. The Last Night of Winter
  5. Muscle, Bone & Blood
  6. Casa Nova
  7. Luna Lune
  8. Tongue-Tied
  9. Deep at Sea
  10. I Gave You My Home


Once, on a chilly fall night in New York I stumbled on Mia Doi Todd while waiting to see Fog, Dosh, Subtle and Gary Wilson. As I watched the petite Asian women sing delicate songs and intricately pick at her acoustic guitar, I couldn’t help but wonder, what was this lady doing opening for a bunch of experimental hip-hop artists? Yet I shut my mouth and watched mesmerized in her heartfelt lullabies. Now I come across Manzanita, her latest full length, and even more questions arise. Why is electronica based Plug Research releasing her album? Why are members of Dead Meadow, Beachwood Sparks, Frausdots, Further and Dim Mak reggae artists Future Pigeon (see song 6) making cameos on her cd? How is this Yale graduate and classically trained singer who slates Elliot Smith and The Palace Brothers as her influences creating such subtly entrancing songs? Then again, I think I just answered myself within those questions. This is not my usual choice of genre when I pick up a cd, but I’ll be damned if I have not fallen under the same spell that this folk singer has cast upon the indie music scene. Mpardaiolo

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