Let’s start the new year with one last glance at 2020: here we go with another Top 10 of the MV’s released last December. Enjoy!
10) Bury – Tribe
Bury just entered their phase 2 and “Tribe” shows they’re as badass as they’ve always been. Mixing (almost too) loud guitars with hip-hop rhythms and rapped vocals, the song features a dark and hostile atmosphere which perfectly fits the life-with-my-ghetto-gang-styled MV.
9) CYNHN – イナフイナス (Enough Inasu)
CYNHN have been releasing lots of stuff on their channel lately, proving how interesting this unit can be. “イナフイナス” (Enough Inasu) is probably one of the most unusual and peculiar songs from them, putting together alternative rock guitars and r&b vibes with great results.
8) クロスノエシス (CROSSNOESIS) – VISION
Catchy and danceable chorus, intense instrumentals and night-city-like atmosphere: “VISION” reminded me that I need more stuff from クロスノエシス (CROSSNOESIS). The very cool vocal lines on top of the electronic beats and synths make the song really enjoyable, and there is also a nice guitar solo towards the end.
7) ハテナラボ (Hatena Lab) – ?
Jazzy idol groups are pretty rare, especially if they refuse to debut until they reach 10k followers; but ハテナラボ (Hatena Lab) actually did it, and they finally released their first MV for “?”, where some pop-rock idolish catchiness meets jazz-inspired piano and guitars.
6) ミソラドエジソン (Misolade Edison) – 逃げれはしないんです。 (Nigere wa shinaindesu.)
Although those effects make my eyes melt, the MV for “逃げれはしないんです。” (Nigere wa shinaindesu.) shows us what ミソラドエジソン (Misolade Edison) are made of. Neat vocal lines clash with powerful electronic beats and some strong rock attitude, with some slapped bass here and there as well. Impressive song.
5) アンアルカ (umArca) – aQtor
The debut video of アンアルカ (umArca) introduces this new unit to us, and since they managed to get in this Top 10 it must mean they’re already cool enough. Fans of EDM and Dance Pop idol units will surely enjoy the intense sound of “aQtor” and the futuristic aesthetics of its MV.
4) PassCode – SPARK IGNITION
PassCode need no introduction, being one of the most successful groups in the whole alt-idol scene. I have yet to listen to their latest album STRIVE, but after listening to its opening track “SPARK IGNITION” I’m pretty sure they’re as strong as ever.
3) 我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia) – New World
“New World” may be a bit different from their usual stuff, vaguely resembling certain k-pop groups with its badass girl sound; however, it’s still a great tune from 我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia), regardless of how surprised you’ll be when you first listen to it. Bonus points for the girls, looking great in this MV too.
2) akugi feat. ヤマコマロ (Yamakomaro) – r u serious?
Yamakomaro‘s comeback would already be a good reason to put this video in this Top 10, but akugi‘s song totally deserves to be here for how awesome it sounds. Creepy synths in the background, sick basslines, dynamic rhythms and colorful neon lights make this video a very pleasant end of the year gift.
1) 終わらないで、夜 (Owaranaide, Yoru) – Mother Depth
終わらないで、夜 (Owaranaide, Yoru) conquer the first place with a very refined and elegant song which caught me off guard. “Mother Depth” is so poetic, artistic, emotional and *insert more beautiful adjectives here* that not only I can’t take it off my mind, but I actually don’t want to take it off my mind.
Of course, as usual, there were many other MV’s in December, so here’s a list of some other good ones!