[qd-4230] YU:MI + Acid42 : Kodomo

(qd-4230) YuMi + Acid42 - Kodomo

(qd-4230) YuMi + Acid42 – Kodomo

[QD-4230] : YU:MI + ACID42 : Kodomo (EP)

Think of bouncing balls, building blocks, and nursery rhymes, and what you get is KODOMO (which in Japanese means “child”) — a collection of 4 traditional Japanese children’s songs, given a funky new synthpop and ethnotronica spin by Japanese-Filipino vocalist YU:MI Calderon and musician Acid42 (Lionel Valdellon). The bonus 5th song “Everybody Lies”, however, is a synthpop song tackling the darker side of relationships and is written by the collaborating duo.

FILE UNDER: world, ethnic, ethnotronica, electronica, synthpop, electropop, folktronica, Japanese folk songs, kiddiesynthpop, J-Folk, more playful than Rainbow Brite and He-Man.
DETAILS: 5 MP3s at 192 kbps, stereo
DOWNLOAD: Get the entire EP as a ZIP FILE (27.1 MB) – from Archive.org


Full lyrics and english translation + individual file downloads after the jump.

01. Antagata Dokosa (Where are you from?) 3:17

4.7 MB

02. Toh Ryanseh (Pass Here) 4:08 6.0 MB
03. Zui Zui Zukorobashi 2:07 3.1 MB
04. Medaka No Gakkou (School of Ricefish) 3:08 4.5 MB
05. Everybody Lies 7:02 10.1 MB

Complete liner notes


01. Antagata Dokosa (Where are you from?) is a children’s play song sung to the rhythm of a bouncing ball.
02. Toh Ryanseh (Pass Here) is a folk song, which was used by the Japanese government as a WALK signal for pedestrian crossings.
03. Zui Zui Zukorobashi is a nonsense nursery rhyme about a little rat eating rice.
04. Medaka No Gakkou (School of Ricefish) is a song about a school of fish, literally with students and teacher, and the graceful way they all swim in the water.
05. Everybody Lies is about the erosion of relationships when trust breaks down.


01. Antagata dokosa (Where are you from?) : traditional Japanese folk song
Where are you from? From Higo province
Where in Higo province? In Kumamoto
Where in Kumamoto? In Semba
In Semba mountain there is a raccoon.
And the hunter shot it, Boiled it, Fried it, Ate it
Hide it a little with a leaf from the tree.

02. Toh Ryanse (pass here) : traditional Japanese folk song
Go ahead, pass here, pass here.
Which narrow path is this?
This is the narrow path going to the god of the shrine.
Can I pass this way?
Those who do not have a reason to go will not be allowed to pass.
I’m going to offer a good luck charm to celebrate this child’s 7th birthday.
Its easy to go there but it will be scary going home.
It is scary but pass here, pass here.

03. Zui Zui Zukorobashi: traditional Japanese folk song
[1st few lines are apprently nonsense]
The rat is crying chu- chu- as it ate the rice in the sack
Even if daddy calls, even if mommy calls, no one’s coming.
Who broke the rice bowl around the well?

04. Medaka no gakkou (School of Ricefish) : traditional Japanese folk song
Ricefish’s school is in the river
Gently have a peek, gently have a peek
They are all dancing
____ The Ricefish in Ricefish school
Which are the teachers and which are the students?
Which are the teachers and which are the students?
They are all energetic, playing
____ Ricefish’s school seems fun
Flowing with the water swimming,
flowing with the water swimming
Every body together swimming

05. Lies : by Yu:Mi Calderon + Lionel Valdellon

1. Maybe I should’ve lied, Kept my feelings inside
Maybe I should have stayed away.
Maybe I should’ve said: I didn’t care at all
Maybe I should have built more walls.

CHORUS: Everybody lies, Lies about something.
Lies about anything, Lies about love
Everybody lies: Lies about feelings,
Lies about who they’re with, Lies about love
Lies about love … Lies about love…
Who can I believe, But myself?

2. Somehow I hold the cards, I found out everything.
I could tell her what’s going on.
Tell her how he betrayed her, Tell her how he came to me.
I can foresee how things will go wrong.

3. I never think of him. I’ve rid myself of him.
I’m even lying to myself.
I hide the memories. I used up all my tears
Maybe the time has come to move on.

  1. Jowell said:

    Enjoy ako dito sa Kodomo. The picture seems to be at your house in Markina.;) Thanks.

    • Lionel said:

      Hey Jowell,
      Actually, yes it is our house! Glad you enjoye the music! There’s more here on QED that you might enjoy. Try the Kid’s Ballet Suite as well. 😀

  2. nul said:

    i love the first song very nice twist i remember this song from one of my favorite movies by hayao miyasaki’s pompoko.ahhh!!great releases!thanks for the download!:-)

  3. Coffee A Tea said:

    Hey, just to let you know, my Safari browser can’t render your logo properly

    • QEDBoss said:

      I tested it out in the latest version of Safari and saw no problems.

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