Mi Ami

Dolphins makes it hard to believe that Mi Ami used to be a rock band. Gone are the ferocious guitar, hypnotic bass-lines, and the thundering drums of Steal Your Face and Watersports, now replaced by an unrelenting electronic vibrancy. Bass player Jacob Long left the band earlier this year, creating an opportunity for founding members Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick to dive headfirst into a new setup: Damon on the 707 drum machine and a sampler that uses floppy disks, Daniel on the mic and keys, riding the mix. Elements of this new approach can be heard on their Cut Men and Techno 12"s, but those were baby steps. Dolphins is the sound of a band diving head first into the musical fray. Listeners can feel Damon's command of the rhythm expressed through the drum machine, alchemizing the inorganic into the organic, while Daniel's trademark vocals remind you that this is Mi Ami. Psyched on their fresh palette as a duo, they went in the studio only three months later with Phil Manley (Watersports, Steal Your Face) performing these four tracks live.

Dolphins is the fruit of that labor. A melting, dystopian refraction of left-field new age, lush soundscapes and Italo daydreams overlapping with slaughtered dolphins and the heartbreak of "Hard Up." Simultaneously ingesting and rejecting pop pleasure, wide-eyed optimism and modern despair, it is equal parts improvisatory winging it and forceful, fully-realized vision. Blurring the line between the tainted and the sublime, Dolphins is the sound of a band thrillingly re-imagining itself.

Mi Ami

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Latest News

Check out this nice interview on Crasier Frane

Chirp Radio posted a podcast interview with Daniel, available for download here

Another probing interview / UK show review, this from Amelia’s, check it out here

Soundblab talks with Daniel about Steal Your Face and more here

Great review and interview with the band on GigJunkie, read it here

BIG ON Glasgow offers UK tour info and video here

Neu Magazine has a bit about UK tour and Latin Lover single available here

Buzzin Music profiles UK tour dates here

Remote Goat reviewed the  Latin Lover track here

The List put together a UK tour preview, check it out here

Red Hot Velvet has Latin Lover single download and UK tour info here

Get the low down on the band and tour dates from Misc.Music here

"Steal Your Face is so intense it might overwhelm... cramming every second with as many sounds and ideas as the trio can manage... Mi Ami seem only to be getting started: They've never been as good or as distinct as they are on Steal Your Face." - Pitchfork
Steal Your Face garnishes and 8/10 from Drowned in Sound - read the review here!
Read a review of Steal Your Face on the 405 blog.
Check out Mi Amis photo based interview on A Negative Narrative.
Check Out an interview with Mi Ami in No Rip Cord Magazine.
\" There aren\'t too many bands you can say sound \'unlike anything else\'. San Francisco\'s own Mi Ami is one of those rare groups... There is a constant sense of adventure here, and in never limited themselves Mi Ami have arrived at a seriously unique sound, one where amazing whirlwind rhythms and quirky electronics merge perfectly with a punk aesthetic. Ten years ago, this would have been a pretty difficult combination to imagine, but this is 2010 and Mi Ami own this sound.\" - Aquarius Records
"A new, unique noise - it's not lo-fi, it's not angry, it's not really club, it's not retro and it doesn't sound like it cares too much about the future. What it is is wild and buzzed, seeming to soundtrack the exact moment the party goes skewiff." - RCRDLBL
Mi Ami interviewed and performed on XLR8R TV's "Like It Loud"
Get the free track Latin Lover from Mi Ami\'s forthcoming record Steal Your Face from DIY magazine.
Spin Earth recently talked to Daniel from Mi Ami after an show in San Fransisco. Check out the interview and live footage of the show here!
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