MIHO WADA: Postcards To Your Bed
By Simon Sweetman
It’s amazing how you can really mislead with a description. Miho Wada’s CD is billed as ‘Japanese Punk Jazz’. It sounds like one of those t-shirts you buy in Japan where three random words have just been put together. Wada is Japanese – so that’s fine. But her flute and saxophone playing doesn’t sound very punk or very jazz on the opening track That Major Song. It sounds like a track cut from the stage musical of The Lion King. Then we have Be My Girl, which starts to move towards jazz – but does it in such a way that you would like to move away from the stereo. We also have unintentionally comical vocals – I actually looked around to see if a hidden camera had been installed to capture my reaction as I wondered if this album was a serious attempt at music or some Tom Green-styled prank. I presume the punk aspect comes from a song called Piss Off (Such A Loser). That and some scribbled ska guitar lines. She sings about playing Nintendo, smoking weed and drinking cans of V. Generation Y is perfectly represented here – and the ennui that passes as a breeding ground for apparent creativity. Be appalled. This is so awful I am sure it will receive some level of cultural funding.