Mondialito is a duo from Tokyo that comprises a young man and a young woman, both born in 1979. The young man is a Sagittarius, and the young woman a Virgo. It has been said that since Sagittarius belongs to the element of Fire while Virgo that of Earth, such a pair is never a desirable one. However, it is imaginable that, with Virgo’s perfectionism and meticulousness and Sagittarius’s adventurous disposition and flexibility, inexplicable harmony can exist between them. Isn’t that with 2 different instruments beautiful music is made?
Mondialito is the collaboration of a beautiful young woman with long hair and a silent, artistic-looking young man. They met through a common friend when they were 19. However, they didn’t get to know each other until the young woman saw the young man performing with his former band, Aztec Camera, a year later. The story could have developed like a Japanese drama: the young woman would fall for the young man because of his musical talent. But he was not someone who needed anyone. So he left her behind, took the guitar and walked on his own road towards somewhere unknown. What a sad ending, what a love story.
Mondialito is a musical project by Toshiya Fueoka, the instrumentalist and composer, and Junko, the singer and lyricist. Junko sings as if she doesn’t realize how beautiful her voice is: hiding herself in a room alone, she is pouring her heart out. Although we all need such beauty, perhaps no one loves it better than Toshiya. He always sits quietly at the backdrop, playing his acoustic guitar, electric keyboard, or an old violin to give her joy, sadness, a sunny or rainy day.
Toshiya said Mondialito was made of sadness and acoustic. Their 2002 debut, was inspired by a nostalgia of childhood, of the sunset under which the little boy and the little girl walked together. In the 2004 , which was released by the band’s own label, Junko began to write and sing in French. With the lightness of her breath and some more sophisticated compositions using electric instruments and strings, the sadness appears to be more elusive. In that album, they reinterpreted Morita Doji’s hits “Bokutachi no Shippai” (the theme song of the Japanese TV drama “Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003” a.k.a. “High School Teacher 2003”), which was well-received by radio in France. And it was later used by LG. in its TV ad. Just before the release of their self-title album—the duo’s third—at the end of 2005, they gave a wonderful performance in Hong Kong.
If it has been said that in Mondialito one can detect traces of Club 8 or Keren Ann, then in its latest work , one may be pleasantly surprised to find a kind of sadness and acoustic uniquely blended together by Toshiya and Junko.
Toshiya Fueoka說Mondialito是由憂愁和acoustic音樂組成。在他們於2002年推出的首張大碟《note of dawn》裏，那份回憶童年家鄉的感觸，就如封套上那對走在黃昏下草坡上的男女孩子，手牽手走回家一樣淡然。其後從2004年他們於自己成立的獨立廠牌推出的第二張大碟《avant la pluie》開始，Junko以法語填詞和演唱，在其獨得的一呼一吸之間，和更豐富的弦樂和電子樂器運用下，那份哀愁更顯得不著痕跡。他們並於專輯中重新演繹森田童子的名曲「ぼくたちの失敗」（日劇「新高校教師」的插曲），獲得多個法國廣播電台的強力推薦，更被韓國LG用作電視廣告配樂。而在2005年末推出同名的樂隊的第三張專輯前，他們二人抽空來港演出，讓樂迷如癡如醉。