From fronting beloved indie band Grand Hallway, to playing guitar for legendary Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk, Tomo Nakayama has spent the entirety of this young millennium building his name on sensitive, intricate, mostly acoustic music in the folk/chamber-pop/singer-songwriter realm. But after two critically acclaimed solo albums, he’d hit a particularly long and frustrating creative dry spell. The tried and true process he had honed over the years was no longer working. He needed to clear his palette.
The result is Melonday. With the help of longtime collaborator Yuuki Matthews (producer/bassist of the Shins and Teardrops with late great Richard Swift), Nakayama created a beautiful shimmering electronic album that fits on a playlist right alongside Chromatics, M83 and Washed Out.