This Is the Live Glory of Yanakoto Sotto Mute

“We’re releasing a new live video at 7:00” said the tweet, and my heart jumped a little bit because while the Greatest Idol Group That People Are Just Now Starting to Realize Exist Despite My Never Shutting Up About Them For More Than Two Years, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, have lots and lots of live video online, most of it is fancam; an official cut, maybe with high-quality audio, would be the kind of treat worth carving out time for.

As we know, the group is in the middle of a three-month EP-per release schedule that’s sort of the rage among idols these days, and they’re currently on a free tour, TO THE GATE. This is taken from a stage in Osaka. Old fans, prepare yourselves accordingly; new people, prepare for the possibility of your soul leaving your body: Continue reading

Yanakoto Sotto Mute Out of Nowhere!!

It has been a roller coaster of a morning in the alt-idol  breaking news department, but nothing is so welcome after the official departure of the original alt-Oshi than an international guerrilla release by Yanakoto Sotto Mute.

(Update: I have been informed that today’s release was first announced on YSM’s Twitter earlier this week and that I am not a true fan of the group.)

It’s already available on iTunes so why are you still here? 

Once again proving their designation as the Perfect Modern Idols , Yanamute’s unexpected album drop comes with the promise of an EP per month in the run up to Christmas.  “Stain”, the first track on this morning’s surprise offering, is a stunner, so  these are not b-side offerings but chill-inducing, A-Grade material.

So if this morning’s big news had you crying into your coffee, thanks to Yanamute we can now face the weekend with smiles on our faces. Happy freaking Friday!!

We Interview Idols: Yanakoto Sotto Mute

This past weekend, our man Daemon hit up the East Meets West Music Fest; with Monsterpanda in tow as translator, he sat down with literally three of this site’s all-time favorite idols. Today, we have his report back from entering the holiest of holies with Yanakoto Sotto Mute, the perfect modern idols.

Talking to the people waiting for the doors to Anaheim’s Chain Reaction to open for East Meets West Fest, it became apparent that the one group over from Japan that people were least familiar with was Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Even though their debut, “Bubble”, was on several websites’ Album of the Year lists for 2017, and their follow-up Mirrors is a contender for the current year, Yanamute still seems fly under the radar for some Western fans of chika idol. One person in line behind me said he had intentionally avoided listening to them. “I don’t want to know anything about them,” he said, “I want to experience them raw for the first time.”

While a part of me envied him that imminent experience, I was also a little concerned. Yanakoto Sotto Mute can be a lot to take in all at once. Their music is complex: Rife with signature, tempo and key changes while their vocals play with harmony and dissonance. Their dancing is like a more contemplative version of Mikiko-sensei’s gesture-based choreography and can seem more focused on expressing internal dialogue than generating audience participation. But for all of the brooding introspection, Yanamute’s performances also contain frequent, audience-churning moments of fierce and inspired joy.

A few hours prior, we had been given the opportunity to speak to Yanamute’s Nadeshiko, Mani, Ichika and Rena about their impending debut American performance. As we were led in to meet them, the quartet were dressed in their signature white costumes, each cut to a distinct and individual pattern. Much like their music, they came across as both bright and introspective; contemplative and friendly. And just a little nervous. Continue reading

Let Me Help You or a Friend Go See Necroma, Yanamyu and Hanako-san in the Godly Flesh

The East Meets West Music Fest! You know what it is — NECRONOMIDOL, Yanakoto Sotto Mute and Hanako-san, in Anaheim in a month’s time, joined by a mess of metal bands and not-from-Japan idols for a two-day celebration of the collision of western and Japanese music, culture, etc. Yep, it’s peak Homicidols Dot Com:

  • Mission statement
  • Idol besties
  • Favorite idol thing ever
  • Unofficial site mascot

And I’m not even going! Circumstances collided in a perfect storm of things that preclude ol’ Maniac’s participation, which sucks mightily, but guess what.

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We Deserve Things as Nice as Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s New MV

It took a while, but the release of the just flabbergastingly excellent MIRRORS album was bound to yield another in the long line of must-watch Yanakoto Sotto Mute music videos. I was getting antsy! But they delivered today in a way that even I, a person who holds them up as actual, absolute perfection, couldn’t have anticipated. This is power-gorgeous:


Are there, like, a lot of oppressive nun-led all-girls Catholic schools in Japan?

So let’s do the math: They’re in the mix for Album of the Year, plus right here arguably Song of the Year and Video of the Year, will visit the USA in August and may yet be able to release another record? Yeah, they’re killing 2018. Continue reading

You Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | “MIRRORS”

In the spirit of elevating more of the very smartest voices among us, I asked Babymetal megashow-attender and Corenament almost-winner DaeMetal to share his impressions. As one of the few people alive who may love YSM more than me, I’m sure that this will be a completely unbiased exercise. Take it away, Mr. 444!

One of the primary goals of my most recent trip to Japan was to witness as many Yanakoto Sotto Mute lives as possible. I was fortunate enough to catch them three times and was happy to confirm that they are, in fact, the real deal; as Maniac dubbed them, “the idol unit that was born perfect”. Not only can they pull off their vocals live (quite a feat considering the demanding range and complex harmonies of their compositions), but their performances display an emotional range in their songs that isn’t evident from just listening to BUBBLE, their first and utterly brilliant album. Yanakoto Sotto Mute are one of those rare groups whose live performances dramatically enhance the songs, giving them additional dimensions beyond the definitive perfection of a studio recording. For those of you in the Western Hemisphere who haven’t begun making plans to see their overseas debut at East Meets West Fest in August, I encourage you to do so. Seeing YSM live is a bucket-list-worthy event. Continue reading

My Body Isn’t Ready for Yanamyu’s New Album

I’m still recovering from BUBBLE, for golly’s sake.

Yanakoto Sotto Mute, the perfect modern idols, who will be perfectly bringing their perfect brand of perfection to the United States in lo but a few months, will be doing it with a new album, their second full:

Officially out in June, but on-site sales will happen during May dates of the puddle tour. Continue reading

Yanakoto Sotto Mute Is Control

One of the most intense reactions I ever feel to somebody else’s creative work is that of unrequited blown-away. Like, you know when you see that so-and-so did such-and-such, and your entire body loads your anticipated mind-blowingedness like a spring … and then it’s just fine? Or worse? I hate that feeling.

And, frankly, it happens a lot in idol. A performance medium in which so much of the performance that matters happens away from the most-held-up product, and that product’s deepest charms often relying on how imperfect it is, is going to tend to never quite reach the tippy-tops of emotional catharsis for all but the most devoted fans of each particular project. Lives are a particularly challenging environment for this, as so much can go wrong — the crowd is off, a singer can’t find her key, the acoustics are terrible, everybody had the fish for dinner — and a live band only adds more variables to what can be a volatile environment. Continue reading

You Should Download These Songs

What a treat! In addition to my nigh-week-long sojourn in the perpetual throes of Day Job nearing its merciful end, there are two great idol projects with completely free(!) new(ish!!) downloads(!!!) to snag and enjoy like the absurd indulgences that they are.

First up! Yanakoto Sotto Mute, whose one-man the other day was probably a completely epochal occurrence that I, of course, did not attend on account of being tied not just to the United States, but the National Capital Region because boring reasons. Nonetheless, the echoes show … you know? I think it’d be keen if one of you guys scored a bunch of holographic technology, and also really high-end streaming equipment, and just streamed my favorite lives to the comfort of my living room, a life-sized Nadeshiko in among the detritus of a life spent doing little of what it’d like to be doing.

Oh yeah, the song:

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(Do Not Ever) Break up Yanakoto Sotto Mute

Prepare yourself for the least subtle hints and outright idol worship that you’ll ever get from me — and that’s really saying something!

I obviously love every single thing about Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Their music is tops, and the visuals from the combination of their attire and choreography are almost peerless. I do, however, keep wondering when the well is going to run dry, when the necessities of business and keeping your fans happy and making important next steps up the brutal entertainment ladder start to constrict the creative vision and limit the choices and turn one of my very favorite things into a very timid that powered as much by nostalgia as talent.

And then they add another new song to their already impossibly dynamic catalogue and I turn into a slavering fanboy: Continue reading