It kind of isn’t fair that the perfect modern idols, who are even more perfect 10 months on than I ever could have guessed, take every new milestone (a great EP!another gorgeous video!) like it’s a challenge and immediately start to work new material into their lives. This is “Holy Grail”:
Good lord. In the chat during the podcast the other day, I was (not alone!) extolling the incredible virtues of Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “Any” MV and how it was this perfect starter for their TIF sets, and I’d said upon its release that it’s high energy and almost bright look at the world was so refreshing. That’s great! However, Yanamyu’s best material is traipsing around in the dark, damp corners of angsty psyches, invoking the feel of rainy evenings in flannel. So, “AWAKE”:
Why the heck do things that I should see coming a mile away surprise me? Even since the STAMP EP was announced, it was basically only a matter of time before Yanakoto Sotto Mute put out the video promoting it. And, like, if you listened to the preview on iTunes, it was practically guaranteed that it’d be for “Any,” because it’s this bizarrely upbeat song that sounds like a love letter to the greatest generation of human artistic achievement (since 1980 at least) ((and in the United States for the most part)), and yeah, I could hear it on the radio.
Anyway, have a look:
The most 90s thing you’ve heard today, or the most 90s thing you’ve heard every day?
Happy Sunday, friendly folks. Not quite a week ago, I was more than pleased to bring you notice that the perfect idol project that is Yanakoto Sotto Mute had brought out a new song at their birthday party over the weekend. Additionally true, though, is that they had a second new song, “No Regret”, in their quiver:
Despite absolutely no desire to hide my complete infatuation with Yanakoto Sotto Mute, given that they are perfect and their album is also perfect and by the way nothing is better than them, I had been deliberately quiet about them lately because, well, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. What has happened, though, was that they held their anniversary live over the weekend, and of course it was a show of other things that are almost as perfect as YSM:
I look back on when I first heard Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It was months before Bellring Girls Heart was announcing its kind-of end, and a sister unit coming into being felt like a nice move; give Bellheart a sidecar, and oh look they do grunge and stuff, that’s appropriate and … damn, that one girl there can sing like the dickens, huh? And these songs are pretty powerful!
Two EPs and about a year later, there’s a distinct feeling of change around the whole thing. BRGH took a break and got a new name and a bunch of new members, and it may be that the student has become the master. Or is the Yanamyu thing really just a bunch of hype? On to the review! Continue reading →
This is just a quickie — I’ve seen folks sharing this in various places around the International Alt-Idol Internet Fandom Consortium Inc. (Kari) — but I wanted an excuse to do something with the perfect modern idols, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, and their release of these details around the upcoming BUBBLE album is perfect.
Sorry, that’s the cart before the horse. Yanamyu is awesome!Their two EPs and regularly live-debuted new material prove it — while classic alt rock was slain by the nu-metal beast in the West, it managed to re-gestate in Japan and materialize in idol and Yanakoto Sotto Mute is right there on the leading edge. Their releasing BUBBLE right around the group’s birthday feels so, so right. Continue reading →