Mei Semones is an artist creating jazz influenced indie pop songs with lyrics in both Japanese and English,
currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Photo by Veronica Bettio
Photo by Sophia Ragomo
"Born from a sonic enthusiasm of John Coltrane, The Smashing Pumpkins and Thelonious Monk, Mei Semones is a shining new star in the angelic amalgamation of indie music, jazz and J-Pop. Her debut EP, “Tsukino 月の,” was released in late January 2022, following the original release of her first single, “Hfoas” in March 2020, and continued Semones’ tradition of containing lyricism in both Japanese and English - a euphonious love-note to her East Asian heritage." - Caitlin Andrews, Periphery Magazine
Mei Semones is an artist creating jazz influenced indie pop songs with lyrics in both Japanese and English, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing from her background in jazz guitar and her Japanese heritage, she uses creative harmonic and rhythmic concepts and two different languages to write her songs.
Mei’s influences include John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery,
Thelonious Monk, João Gilberto, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana, with a sprinkle of folk. Drawing from these different influences, her music incorporates a variety of genres.
Mei's most recent release consists of two singles and one music video: Okashi お菓子 (w/ MV) & Shinju 真珠