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Updated 26th August 2019.
Formed in 2016, Yanakoto Sotto Mute consists of Mamiya Mani (間宮まに), Nadeshiko (なでしこ), and Minami Ichika (南一花). Unfortunately, Rena (レナ) left the group in August 2019. At present they have released two studio albums through Crimson Printing record label. They made their international debut at East Meets West Festival, which we hope will translate to a UK performance as well.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute offer a real interesting mix. The instrumental sound falls more in line with alternative rock and pop punk genres. Compared to other idol groups, I feel there is a lot more attention paid to the instrumental track. It has a more prominent role than merely being a piece of backing music. The instruments have a harsh energy to them that really helps strengthen the tracks. But as it is more the alternative style, it still places the focus on the vocals. Where the guitars all have high gain settings, they play a bit softer. Parts strumming a simple melody, other times playing a slow riff, typically the melody in the intro and verses, with the riff to give that bit more energy to the chorus. However guitar solos in tracks are quite common, and it can feel more like a band than an idol group which works for me.
Moving to the vocals, where they are unique to each other I wouldn’t say they are distinctive. Where that would usually be a problem, I think this works for Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It works with the more band feel instrumental they sing to, particularly as the vocals can bounce between each other seamlessly and not feel out-of-place. Indeed for the chorus they do all come together to create one powerful vocal, and that is what works. Interestingly as well, the vocals are typically in a trance like style, floating within the instrumental, and it really brings the most out of the alternative nature of it all. I think if you are someone like me who isn’t typically into idols and more band style music, this is the idol group for you.
My Top 5 Hits
- Ghost World
- sputnik note
The usual applies that digital copies are available in the UK but physical copies will have to be imported.