Magazine article The New Yorker

Rising Sun; Pop Notes

Magazine article The New Yorker

Rising Sun; Pop Notes

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The record business would be better off if more albums began like MU's "Out of Breach (Manchester's Revenge)" (Output): "Welcome to MU world, bitch! I'm talking to the person who took thirteen hundred dollars from me on eBay, plus bitches who are releasing my vocals without my permission, and another shout out to those bitches who hid my tampons backstage. And especially to all haters, I'm about to kung fu you!"

It goes on as it begins: the chaotic and delightful second album from MU (pronounced "moo") is committed to letting impulse dictate content. The Japanese-born singer Mutsumi Kanamori and her American husband and producer, Maurice Fulton, make music that is generally filed with dance music, mostly because of Fulton's past as a producer of techno records. But "Out of Breach (Manchester's Revenge)" doesn't seem to have been designed to do anything except amuse the couple. Kanamori favors singing in a state of outrage: she berates her former record label, people who pick on Michael Jackson ("It's a very sad that interviewer can make cash by fake edit"), unnamed haters, and Paris Hilton, about whom she has mixed feelings ("I'm the richest party dumb girl / Would you like to look at my sex tape? …

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