In the promotional video for their song “AWAKE”, Yanakoto Sotto Mute take their talents to the darkened room. Dance shots place the foursome downstage from a silver screen in their white capes. Emotive gestures fill the choreography, and the group dance as though trapped by the proscenium. Solo shots in the more interesting parts of the theater intercut the dance, and give us glimpses of the red velveteen chairs and the intricate rotations in the projection booth. The main conceit of “AWAKE” pits YSM in a struggle to break free from the imprisoning media circus. You can read all sorts of prisons, with the idol life and its self-imposed systems of rules as the number one offender if you’re inclined. Once the group is freed, those short capes look an awful lot like wings, don’t they? I think I’ve probably expressed how much over the moon I am about YSM’s music, and the reggae grooves filtered through post-hardcore of “AWAKE” once again fit my musical leanings perfectly. “STAMP” receives a physical release on August 16, but the now available digital release includes four exclusive live tracks, which sounds like a better choice to me.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute (やなことそっとミュート) is a Japanese idol group formed in August 2016. They are managed by DCG Entertainment and produced by composer/arranger Hiroaki Taniyama, who is also MIGMA SHELTER’s sound producer. Yanakoto Sotto Mute means something like “gently mute the unpleasant things” and their concept can be roughly translated to, “While gently muting the unpleasant things in everyday life might not solve anything, for the time being, let’s sing rock with a sorrowful melody”. The genres they use to describe their music are grunge, shoegaze, and alternative rock. (from YesTiger!). Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s current lineup includes members Mamiya Mani (間宮まに), Nadeshiko (なでしこ), Minami Ichika (南一花), and Rena (レナ).
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