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While the sentence “I’m a fan of the solo albums by the drummer from left-field Japanese electronica artist Cornelius’ live backing band” might come across as almost artfully pretentious, mi-gu’s third album of unconventional studio-play is actually her most accessible to date.

Recording with a stellar lo-fi cast of musicians (Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada and other members of his backing band, plus Minutemen/Stooges bassist Mike Watt and Beastie Boys cohort Money Mark, among others), mi-gu — known to her mother as Yuko Araki — focuses mainly on percussion and vocals. As you might expect from a solo album by a drummer, the beats are bold and brassy and the rhythms occasionally challenging, though never to the point of distraction. Thematically, the album is upbeat, with mi-gu speaking lyrics (and in a rare twist, even singing them on a couple of songs) that carry optimistic messages about making the best of this “topsy-turvy world.”

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