L to R: Sayumi Michishige, Rika Ishikawa
Shortly after W’s inception, Tsunku I guess wanted to make another duo unit, but this time base it around environmental concerns so to kind of make due and make a “save the oceans and trees” but, Ecomoni came into view in 2004 and released a song just for a concert for an environmental festival called “Help!! ~Ecomini no Achii Chikyuu wo Samasunda!~ (which was later covered by Morning Musume). They also ended up collaborating with Aya Matsuura (though this was after they almost broke up) in a Hamtaro-themed release called “Tensai! LET’S GO Ayayamu”. After that, they’ve done surprise performances up til 2007…though technically they can still perform as they’re both still performing elsewhere.
Style of Music:
Well, considering they have only two tracks and both are VERY different songs stylistically….Help!! is a poppy song with some rapping and bad engrish and Eco no Waltz…is well a waltz what do you need? More randomness?
A live performance of their song Help!! ~Ecomoni no Achii Chikyuu wo Samasunda!~. Yeah this song is pretty meh because of the engrish throughout.
Overall: Ecomoni was the start of the environmental-themed units and at first the idea was pure and nice, but personally we have Charmy and Sayu and two overly cuties, yet crap vocals making songs a bit disheartening. Still, one of the more interesting units (and would’ve been great to see them return because of SATOYAMA and SATOUMI…you’d think they’d be the best of both worlds right?).