Love Psychedelico


[Love Psychedelico]

Sporting an unlikely sound based heavily on psychedelic '60s music, the appropriately-named Love Psychedelico topped the album charts in Japan at start of 2001.

The Greatest Hits, which is really the duo's debut album, stayed at the top of the Oricon for nearly a month. Not bad for a band who released its debut single only eight months before.

Frontwoman KUMI has a unique singing style, inflecting her Japanese with an accent that veers between American and British. Her spit-fire mix of English and Japanese makes the duo's songs a challenge at karaoke clubs.

Love Psychedelico formed in 1997 at the Aoyama Gakuin University, but it wasn't until a radio appearance in 1999 that caught the attention of record label executives.

The duo signed to Victor and released its debut single, "Lady Madonna," in April 2000. The group's second single, "Your Song," became a hit.

Love Psychedelico toured the U.S., headlining the Japan Nite Tour 2001 based on the SXSW showcase of the same name. In 2002, the duo released its second album, Love Psychedelic Orchestra.