Hippo + 47 was one of those random internet discoveries and my first foray into the world of ICHI, an experimental singer-songwriter from Japan now based in Bristol.
In Hippo + 47, ICHI presses all kinds of found objects into his musical vision. The track opens with the glug glug sound of a water bottle being emptied out which becomes the basis for a disjointed and catchy beatboxing beat. Toy instruments, rasping trumpets and a baby crying all form the patchwork backdrop to a sweet half-sung japanese lyric. Its wonderfully eclectic and just great fun part tribal beat and part nursery rhyme. Kind of like tUnE-yArDs but if Merrill Garbus had a freaky friday incident with Sarah Bonito. Great fun.