Ukulele-wielding Uni has her own way of looking at things.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Uni is one strange bird. The musician, who splits her time between San Francisco and Hollywood, ends each e-mail correspondence with “ding!” and wants the adjoining photo to be credited to Poopy Lickles. She also sings fanciful but engaging little songs like “Love Is a Lost Art Now,” which features lines like: “You are blinded by trumpets/ And Cadbury dreams/ If you are not careful/ They will steal your peaches and cream.”
Luckily, Uni discovered the perfect instrument to accompany her quirky songwriting back in 2004. After seeing a friend do a frantic version of Prince’s “Darlin’ Nikki” on ukulele, Uni realized she needed to get one of those four-stringed guitars for herself.
Since then, Uni, who spent four years singing backup for R&B icon Johnny Otis before embarking on her own, has employed the ukulele and her whimsical vocals to a variety of projects. In 2006, she released a folk pop album titled My Favorite Letter Is U. A year later, she switched gears with I’m On My Way EP. The five-song release has Uni strumming ukulele with a new wave-inspired power pop band. Her upcoming CD, credited to Uni and the Ding! String Trio, will include a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”
“It’s more mellow, and it has classical instruments,” Uni says of the album to be called As Gold. “But it’s pop.”
Following the release of As Gold in April, Uni will tour Europe. When she returns, Uni says she hopes to spread her “sparkly goodness across the land.”
UNI AND HER UKULELE play 10pm Thursday, March 13, at Monterey Live, 414 Alvarado St., Monterey. $7. 375-LIVE.