I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | ‘BUBBLE’

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!
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Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s ‘Lily’ Is Absolutely Perfect

Late last night, Yanakoto Sotto Mute tweeted out that they’d be releasing their MV for “Lily” after having shown it off at their live. Thanks for the warning — I need this.


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Release Details on Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “BUBBLE”

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.

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All I Want Right Now Is the Yanakoto Sotto Mute Album

I’m not even sure if I’m strong enough to handle how amazing this album is going to be:

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


This New Song Encapsulates Yanakoto Sotto Mute So Well

On the A-to-Jcast the other night, Terry brought up Yanamyu. Tiffany wasn’t familiar! So a struggle ensued to find the right words to describe this perfect idol project; grunge! post-grunge! shoegazer! the entire rock output of the 90s put into a musical blender! Yeah, they’re a little hard to pin down.

But here’s what matters: Their live is just as idol-avant-garde as their big sisters in BRGH, but the vocals are right on point (none of these girls is a bad singer!) and with some of the best and most creative arrangements you’ll get from this kind of performance. The choreography makes me swoon.


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Shallow Graves Often Mean That You Can See the Body

The other night, Bellring Girls Heart’s pre-hiatus tour, Shallow Grave, saw them join forces with their own new sister group, the literally perfect Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Because certain wota are great, video of the entire show is online:

Well, all of Bellheart and some of Yanamyu

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | “Sealing EP”

It’s not a secret that I’m super-duper excited about the launch of Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Grunge idols from the people who brought us Bellring Girls Heart! That’s pretty much guaranteed to be right up Maniac’s alley. And their first EP, 8CM EP, proved that this was a project way the hell on the right track; hard alt-rock with well-matched vocals and members who put on as elegant and artistic a stage show as you’ll see in idol.

Their big sisters are going on hiatus, and Yanamyu are being featured in the farewell tour. With the opportunity to share a big stage in front of a big audience, can they take a big step up after just a few months of existence and become a player in the alt-idolverse? Can their second EP (available for free until the 26th!) follow up on the promise shown in the first and equip the group for what’s to come?

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The Horoscope You Need Today Is Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s

Hey, who all’s having a rough morning? I bet pretty much everybody! What a long night.

There is good news! Actually, there’s a lot of it, because while idol felt it like it was holding its breath yesterday (well, everywhere that isn’t Kamen Joshi HQ), today’s just full of new stuff. And chiefly among that new stuff is Yanamyu with their first MV, for the song “Horoscope” off of their soon-to-release new Sealing EP:

I love when idols pull in guitar moves from Sparta’s Porcelain album.

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Yanakoto Sotto Mute Are the Perfect Modern Idols

It’s pretty atypical that we have ourselves a good ol’ fashioned think piece for the weekend, but the Mrs. Maniacs are visiting and I’m actually writing this on Wednesday night to give you, dear readers, something to tell me I’m wrong about when I’m in no position to defend myself.

You jerks.

I’m obviously a little bit smitten with this new idol project that looks more at home at some chic coffee shop in the trendy part of town than in dark, tiny clubs and sounds like the misplaced bastard child of 1990s Seattle. It’s just, they’re good:

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New Material from Yanakoto Sotto Mute

First things first, you know that if I hear that the literal coolest thing in idol is already on the verge of another EP release, I’m going to only waste minimal time in telling you, right? Well:

Set your calendar for Nov. 26, because. It’ll be good for you.

And if I hear that Yanakoto Sotto Mute has rolled out a new song, you’d better bet your sweet bippy that I’m going to very quietly lose my mind over the fact. Via Viz Major on the Idolmetal group:

With a title like that, one could be led to believe that the post-grungy alt-rock Yanamyu might be covering Pearl Jam (or Willie Nelson covering Pearl Jam), but that’s not the case. Instead, it’s a song that I’d probably have demanded be played at my prom and then sulked when it wasn’t because I was one of those jackass kids. Continue reading