Sen Morimoto, “Sen Morimoto”
By Tara C. Mahadevan · October 20, 2020 Merch for this release:
2 x Vinyl LP, Vinyl, Compact Disc (CD), Cassette

Chicago-based experimental vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sen Morimoto wrote a majority of his self-titled sophomore album in transit, and accordingly, the album feels like a portrait of a person stuck between places, both physical and emotional. On album intro “Love, Money Pt. 2,” Morimoto asks, “Love, what’s that mean to you?/ Money, what’s that mean to you?/ Do you need the two? I need the two.” On “Woof,” he struggles to separate reality from his subconscious. “How do you walk away from your shadow,” he asks, over a bright, airy guitar. “You think you can talk it out?/ How do you keep track of the madness? You know what I’m talking ‘bout.” On the sweeping Chicago crew cut Taste Like it Smells,” alongside Lala Lala, Qari, and Kara Jackson, Morimoto laments the loss of touring. And on the penultimate “Nothing Isn’t Very Cool,” Morimoto echoes the sentiment that inspired the project: “I wouldn’t trade my heart for nothing/ Nothing isn’t very cool/ I’m so in love with things that you say, it’s something different everyday/ Love to all that I name when I pray/ This life, it isn’t real, it isn’t fake.”

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