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Meishi Smile

Zoom Lens releases compilation album "Love Without Domination"

"We are pissed and we came here to dance."

So reads the last line of the synopsis to Love Without Domination, the newest, largest, and arguably most political release by Los Angeles-based label Zoom Lens. With a title referencing Jenny Zhang's essay "Against Extinction", Love Without Domination is a 22-track charity compilation from artists across diverse genres of local and international fame, galvanized by recent events and connected by an urgency to create sounds of protest. New songs featured include Meishi Smile's post-industrial catharsis "Hate Floods Slow", as well as contributions by Plaster Cast & The Sleep, Thought Tempo, and Magic is Real. New local artist debuts include the noise rock duo Comrade(s) and post-techno producer pleasure promenade.

The release of Love Without Domination comes at a precarious time for artist communities, only one week since the tragic fire in an Oakland DIY space and one month following results of the 2016 presidential election. But in spite of these troubling events, in spite of increased crackdowns on DIY spaces and rising hate crimes, Zoom Lens compels listeners to act against the oppression and injustice of marginalized communities through nuanced self-expression.

"Through art, make dialogue and break boundaries. When dealing with an oppressive force who is meant to pacify our feelings, self-expression is rebellion. Utilize your skills, your privileges, and your strengths in all forms. Militarize yourself with unforgiving self-love and radical passion. "

Love Without Domination is free to stream and available to purchase—listeners can name their price, and all proceeds will go to fund the non-profit organizations ACLU, Border Angels, and Planned Parenthood. - Ryan Mo, Album Art by Brian Vu

Watch Meishi Smile's New Music Video for ...Belong

Digital punk/experimental pop artist Meishi Smile's recently released a music video for the title track to 2015's pico-noise LP ...Belong. Directed by Japanese animator Yuka Maeda, the video subverts the Music Anime Douga aesthetic with 3-D model manipulation and references to cult horror films, psychological drama narratives and video games.

If the feeling is still ripe, watch Meishi Smile play a DJ set with live visuals by DJ Saiato (Glitch City LA) at the 21+ Fakku Panel on July 3rd—Anime Expo pass holders get in free.

Meishi will also perform with Zoom Lens labelmate oh my muu, Kraftmatik & Olek Mular collab YEAR of the OX, and Project Blowed alumnus dumbfoundead at a free concert hosted by Japanese American National Museum on August 18th. You can also listen to May Yim's newest album "(reclamation)" on the Zoom Lens Bandcamp. - photo by Brian Vu

Stream Meishi Smile's Ambient EP "(reclamation)"

In less than one hour, outsider experimental pop artist Meishi Smile will be premiering a free stream of his upcoming EP “(reclamation)”, an 18-minute voyage of ambience and noise that leads listeners from depersonalizing start to cathartic finish. Mixed and mastered by Warren Hildebrand (Foxes in Fiction, Orchid Tapes) “(reclamation)” explores tones opaque and harsh that were once prevalent in Meishi Smile's former aliases nono. and Yuko Imada.

""(reclamation)” is to represent the affirmation of the capability I once had to find peace within what I loved. The acknowledgement of my own shortcomings and the pain I bestowed upon those I cared due to fear. This serves as both an apology to some and a bout of condemnation towards others. Ultimately, it is about peace of mind and a restored sense of clarity. A warm pillow of static with no further pretension. The musicality is what it is and indicates no specific direction of the project. It is simply an expression."

The EP will be officially released through Zoom Lens on May 27th, along with a free DL link to Meishi Smile's full discography until the end of May. To find out more about how to stream "(reclamation)" visit the official website, Soundcloud or sign up for Meishi Smile's mailing list— Ryan Mo, photography: MAY

Zoom Lens' Official SXSW Showcase: "Fragility"

The Zoom Lens family descends on the inside stage of Cheer Up Charlies to mark the beginning of their weeklong stay at SXSW. The eight-artist showcase will include performances from Oh My Muu, Meishi Smile, a live debut of la pumpkin, (Savannah, GA) new songs from Plaster Cast's recently released EP "Permanence," and more. Find more info on the Facebook event page and the official SXSW page. Until then, stream the specially curated Zoom Lens mix to whet your appetite. - Ryan Mo

Live Review: Meishi Smile at The Echo 1/22

The pikachu backpack threw a lot of people off, including a couple who stood left of The Echo's stage. Earlier, Nylo had lulled the audience with ease despite being a last-minute add. She lulled me, too. An indigo summer bathed the alt-R&B singer as bodies swayed to her glass notes. So when Meishi Smile set up, half of the crowd were none the wiser. Hidden among chillwave hopefuls, Zoom Lens' cult following showed their true colors as Nadia Ulerich sat, fingers curled like a full lotus and a masked Lindsay Anne drew out the gong. Obscured by a black lace veil, Garrett began and people were grounded, some wounded by its immediacy — noise and synth, autotune and scream. But in the din of cyberpunk closer "...Belong", they understood. Briefly.

Survivors and the sated scanned their surroundings as Jeremy Malvin took the stage. And together, they entered the chrome forest. Need more be said? - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Joey Tobin



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