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Meishi Smile

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Meishi Smile is an electronic art project that derives influence from genres both equally pop and experimental, taking note from the cathartic afterglow of harsh noise, mixed with the joyful idealism of Japanese Pop and hazed out by the meditative sentiment of shoegaze.
Together these range of influences present a sense of musicality that is oddly warm in its static disconnection.
A “meishi" is a Japanese business card. A formality masquerading as emotion. Mixed with the word "smile," the two together form a meaning that aims to explore the very dual nature of the human experience as filtered through the digital divide.
In 2014, Meishi Smile released their 1st full length album "LUST" on ZOOM LENS. With its maximal, yet bleak atmospheres, heavily processed vocals and lyrical content detailing the isolation of digital relationships, the albums outlook into the net-pop underground met critical acclaim with publications such as The Fader, Gorilla vs. Bear, Nest HQ and Tiny Mix Tapes. The single "AJS" was broadcast on national TV through Adult Swim.
The 2nd album "...Belong" was released in 2015, drawing influences from '80s synthpop, power electronics and ambient music. "...Belong" focused on a more human narrative, vocoder vocals now replaced by auto-tune and tinges of distortion and lyrics highlighting concepts about a human struggle with coping with identity, loss and societal violence, with Pitchfork noting "... [a] pain comes through clearly."

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