Formed in Fukuoka in 2012, Sonotanotanpenz, a girls’ duo by Hitomi Itamura and Hitomi Moriwaki, has continued their activities in a unique style; their musical performances wearing masks, using pictures and words are somewhat like a fusion of music and drama. In the past, the duo has performed in numerous art events such as “Shibukaru Matsuri” and “Koganecho Bazaar”, and are gaining prominence in various scenes such as music, art and fashion.
Two acoustic guitars and a rhythm machine-cum-keyboard. Add a little bit of percussion to that. That’s it. A minimal ensemble that rejects any unnecessary adornment, a unique vocal duet that cannot be described as a song, a rap, a recitation or a prayer. Choices of words that are odd yet comfortable to the ear. Finally, a melody and harmony that catches your heart. Folk? Avant pop? Lo-Fi? Industrial? Art Punk? Hip-hop? Or is it Kagura (ancient Shinto music)? All, but at the same time, none of these; a sound production too ingenious. In their upcoming work, “Conga”, Sonotanotanpenz’s unique individuality has become even sharper and exceedingly pop. In this compact work with seven tracks, the duo’s alternative charm is overflowing.
The fertile and slightly crooked world that spreads out in front of the two Hitomi’s eyes - One you touch it, your heart will have the jumps!