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Tokyo toy-pop icons, Mayutan, Candy and Fredy are surrounded by little children. Their universe, peopled by fantastic characters and fluffy men gave birth to Applehead, who transform nursery rhymes into FM hits with comparable efficiency. Disappearing behind virtual doubles, letting images take care of the dance, they fade away into dreamland.
Since his childhood, Mayutan has been so passionate about music that she was not happy just to listen to it : she very quickly developed a taste for imitation, playing and dancing to what he parents where listening to. Little bits of naive, fantasy choreography that was soon backed up by her own recordings onto cassette. At that time, she realized that she could work with sounds, play with her voice, express herself and, above all, let out all the energy that was inside her.
As part of the discothèque family, discs by DEVO, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jun Togawa (one of the first Japanese artistes to play the pseudo pop singer in the techno pop style at the start of the eighties) were to have a lasting influence on her. Since her adolescence, the Lolita-like timbre of her voice and her numerous disguises made her reputation from her very first appearances on stage.
A techno-pop trio
Very quickly, Mayutan found the right combination that would allow her to develop her vocal and her stage talent : a techno-pop trio ! Joined by Fredy and Candy who arrange the songs for her, by mixing the spirit of the early Eighties with the sounds of the start of this century. The trio uses toy guitars and electronic snare drums to create a strange, fun-filled universe which is specific to them.
Their live performances are accompanied by the projection of manga-type cartoons. "Very quickly, artistes from the new Japanese scene such as ASTRO-B, Hi-Posi, Techma and Yuichi Kishino were collaborating on their albums and joining them on stage. Versatile, Mayutan also produces pop music for children and her voice is often used in for advertising. However, it is at a concert that she has to be seen! Her childhood disguises have not been consigned to the wardrobe – far from it! As she says, "Applehead’s music comes from a world that is not human, halfway between childhood and the world of animals..."
© 2006 text: Franck Stofer, photo: Albane Laure