Korean guitarist MEMI [매미] makes a powerful debut with M3MI, an alternative and pop-rock album. The five-track EP by the solo artist features a mix of guitar jamming and thoughtful songwriting.
Moreover, MEMI has reached considerable social media fame by amassing over 300 thousand followers on her Instagram. On that platform, she uploads short videos of carefree, yet aggressive guitar shredding.
Notably, this debut showcases a variety of pop hooks and upbeat riffs. One song in particular, Guitar Pick is the stand-out banger tune released at the beginning of this year as a single, and has over two million plays on Spotify! Additionally, the song NY(f)C, according to MEMI, is based on her challenging, audacious visit to New York City. Likewise, the passionate song Waikiki is inspired by a trip to Hawaii.
Ultimately, MEMI makes a brave statement with, Sorry for my late reply, the final track. This heartfelt number is an emotional song that resonates with regret and loss. In the album introduction, she states this song is about her father. On first and repeated listens it always feels like being caught in a present dilemma but reflecting on a past moment where the outcome could have been different with a “reply”.
This Korean indie artist has us looking for our guitar picks! Let’s hope we can shred along with her in the future.