Of the acts associated with 90s triphop, Cibo Matto was probably the most fun, while also managing to be pretty unique. Led by Miho Hatori, their playful genre twisting, clever sample placement, and lyrics mostly about food that bordered on the absurd and the abstract set them apart during their seven-year run which ended in the early 00s. In between their first split and reunion, Hatori has kept busy with a number of collaborations and even released a beautiful if not understated solo album in 2005, Ecdysis.

But nothing she’s done since has come close to matching the exuberance of her past work until now. Her debut EP as New Optimism recaptures the vivid unpredictability she's known for but without feeling tied to the past. Instead, it functions as a natural evolution from her time in Cibo Matto to her collaborative work with everyone from Gorillaz and The Beastie Boys to John Zorn and Dave Harrington.

Amazon To LeFrak is bursting with plenty of curveballs and energy and though there are only six songs (one of which is an intro) that come in at just under 20-minutes, she covers a lot of ground, zig-zagging her way through electronica, leftfield sound explorations, and playful experimental pop with strains of Caribbean/Brasilo-beat cropping up.

And naturally, some of the more "out there" moments are the most fun: 'Dr.My-Ho' starts off with the blaring of an airhorn that gives way to a slinking groove made from clattering percussion and deep humid basslines with little bursts of twinkling synths and Hatori's own airy harmonies that give the whole thing contrast.

On 'Jet Setters' synths heave their way over tumbling percussion and primal chants and 'King of Monsters' veers into leftfield pop where its jagged grooves and blown out bass are offset by exotic percussion and shimmering synths. But Amazon to LeFrak's closing track 'Howling' is the most fun thing here (and the whole thing is a blast) and probably one of the more wonderful and stranger pop songs Hatori has written.

A Rostam Batmanglij collaboration, it practically bursts at the seams with overdriven synths pushing everything into the red and bubbling percussion that sounds at times like its tripping over its own feet. What makes it such a gratifying moment though is her singing. For someone who approaches singing in the same unconventional way she approaches music making and does everything from rap and chant to use her voice as an instrument itself when Hatori actually sings it's a thing of beauty.

And it hardly matters what she sings about be it dealing with medical issues on 'Dr.My-Ho' or Godzilla on 'King of Monsters' to travel on 'Jet Setters,' she has a way of making the personal, the mundane, or the outright silly seem as equally interesting. It's a lot to take in considering its short length, but Amazon to LeFrak benefits from the small space because it gives the music enough room for all of its twists and turns without making it feel like a cluttered mess. A small but satisfying release, it finds Hatori at her creative peak this far into her career and hopefully, there's plenty more to come.