From the first strains of the guitar, I found myself cheering for this “Any”, the lead promotional video from Yana Kotto Mute’s 3rd EP “STAMP”. The quickly paced guitar oriented track that flashes me back to my 90’s musical leanings. “Any” keeps hitting on the head with its combination of driving rhythm guitars, crack drum track, and anthemic sounds. The promotional video’s use of camera movement around the tall grass performance lend an interestingness to the film. The dispassionate solo shots mixed with the impassioned performances reinforce the “better together” theme. I find the use seemingly real-time chronology of the sun setting as the video progresses perfect. “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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