Moody and evocative, Momoko’s new single “Ether Flower” is an R&B break-up anthem with a massive chorus and a strong message: The only person who can fix your broken heart is yourself.
There is no impulse more confounding, and perhaps more human, than wanting to dance and cry at the same time. And there is perhaps no better vessel for that emotional dialectic than the modern pop song. Embracing this foundational push-pull, Momoko carries on the proud tradition of her forebears—ABBA, Kate Bush, and our current high priestess of cry-dancing, Robyn—with her upcoming single, “Ether Flower”: an R&B-inflected break-up anthem well suited for anyone who prefers to mend their broken heart with an emphatic dance routine in the snow.
Momoko uses evocative, impressionistic lyrics to take the listener into the mind of her heroine, a strong woman thrown uncharacteristically off-balance by the vulnerability she feels at the end of a relationship. With its massive chorus, girl-group harmonies, and molasses-thick synth bass line, “Ether Flower” invites listeners to reclaim their agency and mend their own hearts—by exuberantly dancing the whole way through.
Directed by Audrey Ellis Fox, Momoko’s new music video for “Ether Flower” comprises a series of faded dreamscape vignettes that explore the tension between wanting to hide—behind glass, water, plastic, saran wrap, and prism lights—and wanting to be seen and heard with conviction. The visuals are analogous to the disintegration of a relationship, where fear and reinvention go hand in hand.
Momoko is the experimental pop venture of New York-based singer, songwriter, and producer Momoko Ishiguro. Grounded by her lush vocal timbre, Momoko’s deft songwriting moves effortlessly between dense and moody soundscapes, intricate R&B jams, and left-of-center dance pop. Her lyrics are equally influenced by the writings of Mark Fisher, American jazz standards, and Katy Perry’s failed woke anthem, “Chained to the Rhythm.” In 2018, she was one of three finalists in the U.S. round of Uncaged Nights, a global talent competition co-presented by 88rising, Hypebeast, and Tiger Beer. Her debut EP, Intl Style, was released by Art Not Love in 2015.