It’s obvious but it has to be said: The Asian come-up isn’t confined to just this guy. Meet South Acid Mimi, a music act whose very essence and existence amounts to a statement with exciting political and cultural implications. Forged in the crucible of punk rock, the electro-warped ethos of Shishi, Yixiao and Weilin collapses the boundary between deep-burrowing, syrupy-sweet earworms and bleeding edge experimental avant-gardisms. Their latest transmission is the pulsatingly hypnotic single “NUNUDUGU”, which is accompanied by a music video that likewise sublimates the weird into the transcendental.
The song takes its cues from a nursery rhyme from Weilin’s childhood. Nunudugu means “to feed on milk” in Lisu, a minority dialect from Yunnan which has largely been lost to standardised Mandarin. That’s the rub of it: When you’re hemmed in by a narrative that doesn’t quite represent you – or worse, aims to erase you from existence – the only right thing to do is to be yourself even more. That’s what this trio is doing to dazzling alternative effect. With New Zealand visual artist Erica Sklenars aka Lady Lazer Light in tow, the girls star in a visual experience that affirm the merits of sticking to your guns and firing them off in loud, defiantly colouristic ways.
We’re going to ride or die for these girls so stay tuned for more about them. In the meantime, watch the clip below.