50 YMM MVs Day 33: Percussion

Day 33 people! Y’know, the number 33 kinda resembles the number 88 and maybe that’s rather fitting as we check out the MV to “Aruku no osoi inu”, which is translated as “The Dog that Walks Slowly” in the westernized digital release. While the previous couple of MVs played it kind of wholesome, this one is significantly not like that at all, making the violent opening in “Idol ID” look like a bake sale. Well, there ain’t no cookies or cakes being sold here…

Okay, so first off, how about that drum circle? Never before have the girls looked so effortlessly badass and smolderingly cool. There’s no doubt they did some real diving into percussion theory for this MV, cause you can’t really just pretend to play the drums that convincingly. No, they could’ve nailed their synchronized parts only with hours of practice, because that would’ve been critical to selling the MV.

So as they’re killing this drum intro, a bunch of obviously bad dudes come wandering in, evoking thoughts of the Crazy 88′s from Kill Bill, along with the massive cannon of Asian crime movie history that influenced that film. Yeah, there’s gonna be trouble here, and one can’t help but suspect that these dudes, tough as they may look, might actually be the ones in trouble…

Oh yeah, OF COURSE ANO SHOOTS FIRST, and looks like she enjoyed it a bit too much to be comforting! As the mayhem kicks in, we the viewer must wonder, do we cheer on our girls, or feel a little bit bad for the bad dudes who bit off far more than they can chew? They pretty much turn into a panicked gang of amateurs as they run off scattered and get essentially slaughtered by four girls who I never imagined pulling off such a feat, let alone with such cold calculation. (Are we sure this MV is only PG-13?)

By the way, what’s up the dude at the 3:00 mark bringing a banana to a gun fight? How does Younapi kill so many bad guys with her nonexistent trigger control? Why does Kechon terrify me so much when she plugs that one guy? What the heck even happened here? I think at the heart of the dispute, YMM! simply got pissed that their awesome drum circle groove got interrupted…

And after the death dealing has been…umm, dealt, the girls return to their drumming with the still warm corpses all around them. Holy shit these four are brutal. They keep the percussion session going strong until…. “Hey! A Dog!” But it’s totally understandable, I’m the same way whenever I see a dog too…

How about the song? I absolutely love it! This may be my main favorite of the four-piece YOUTOPIA era of YOU’LL MELT MORE!. The tune itself is a solid nod to their initial krautrock roots, driven by pure rhythm and no actual overt pop hook, which is a bold statement for an idol group. This is one those unconventional, more experimental songs that I love so much from them. It’s just so freakin’ good, and the sort of thing very few groups in this sub-genre have the chops to sell in such an uncontrived way. Bravo.

So after such a self-assured, ass-kicking moment as this, will the members of YOU’LL MELT MORE! keep up the momentum? I have a feeling we all know the answer to that, but let’s let ourselves feel surprised again tomorrow as this series continues!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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