Some groups really mesh well with my non-idol aesthetic. Take Yanakoto Sotto Mute, for example. The live band instrumentation is nice, but the arrangements and musical style really bump them up a notch. The promotional video for Lily, from Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s soon-to-be-released 1st album, makes a case for the biggest contrast of all: life and death. You can see it with the interiors: deathly still with faded whites and weathered paint. You see it with the exteriors: full sun, an ocean heaving with life, and grasses that literally connect existence with the earth. The paradox of floral bouquet, neither fully alive nor fully dead, cuts through every scene like a reminder to choose between a morgue-like existence and a thrashing scream of life. I’m definitely picking up a copy of “BUBBLE” when it’s released on April 5, 2017. Listen to “Lily” and make your own choice.
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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