TOP 10 IDOL MV – July 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - July 2021

July has been so hectic that I almost forgot I had to select the best MV’s of the month for this Top 10. This actually gave me a good chance to re-listen to some song I mistakenly discarded as just nice (don’t blame me please, I said I’ve been busy), so all’s well that ends well. Anyway, let’s see the ten videos I chose for last month.


10) くぴぽ (qppo) – 天国 (Tengoku)

For a song titled “Tengoku”, the music is indeed quite heavenly here. For this one, qppo went for an atmospheric future bass sound with ethereal vocals on top of it and the result is quite fascinating. Good job with the glitchy and colorful MV too.


9) バグMEME (BUG MEME) – It’s My Steelo

“It’s My Steelo” is a song we already knew from the time BUG MEME were still called SAVATLIME; it was actually my favorite one from that group, so I’m not complaining about it getting a (live) MV. I especially like the pre-chorus, which reminds me a lot of Western EDM/pop music.


8) Re:INCARNATION – Twinkle GIRL

Among the many oh-so-weird moments in the alternative idol scene, every now and then you may need a simple rock song for a change: that’s what Re:INCARNATION are here for, bringing their “Twinkle GIRL” song with them. No surprises, no unneeded bizarreness, just a plain rock song, and a nice one too.


7) ピュ―パ!! (Pupa!!) – Nichijo

Whether they do cheesy synth pop or more rock-ish stuff, Pupa!! always pull it off. This time, with “Nichijo”, the three girls went for a very enjoyable dream pop sound, featuring all the ethereal emotions usually conveyed by this genre. Maybe it’s not the most outstanding song from them, but at the same time the quality of their music is never too low.


6) さっきの女の子、(Sakki No Onnanoko) – が覚えてる青春 (Ga Oboe Teru Seishun)

Sakki No Onnanoko have been releasing this kind of anime-like MV’s for a while, with “Ga Oboe Teru Seishun” being the latest song getting one. If happy-sounding jazz-infused electro-pop is a style you would enjoy, you should definitely try them and starting from this one may be a good idea.


5) GO TO THE BEDS – Meaningless

Blending an electro-pop sound with intense rock guitars, GO TO THE BEDS‘ “Meaningless” is not half bad. The mix of genres is almost bizarre if you consider how different the verse sounds compared to the chorus, but it actually flows nicely. There are also some strange people dancing with them in the MV, making the music not so weird after all.


4) 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) – ノスタルジア (Nostalgia)

Shihatsu-Machi Underground temporarily put their usual psychedelic music aside in favor of a more jazzy pop-oriented sound. I have to say that I didn’t expect this from them, but “Nostalgia” sounds pretty good nonetheless. The piano and bass combo with some brass and guitars here and there make a very refined yet slightly upbeat and easily enjoyable song.


3) #2i2 – FATE

For some reasong, I expected #2i2 to be a bit softer than this. I’ m not saying I don’t like them though, on the contrary I’m enjoying this pop-ish post-hardcore sound more than I thought. “FATE” has all it needs to be a perfect alt-idol song: emotional vocals (with harsh ones in the background), intense music, catchy synths and a random electro-pop part which doesn’t really belong here.


2) unknown – envy

unknown bring us a very atmospheric, ethereal and shoegaze-ish brand of rock with “Envy” with delicate synths and guitar notes supported by a relatively powerful rhythm section (that bass is almost too loud! …not that I’m complaining). The vocals are also on the graceful side, making the sound even more heavenly and emotional. The setting of the MV is also very cool and the choreography is interesting too.


1) 神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – 神奏曲:インフェルノ (Shinsō Kyoku: Inferno)

Differently from other groups, I always know what to expect from Shingeki, to some extent; except they always find some way to impress me. “Shinsō Kyoku: Inferno” is an incredibly intense song ranging from alternative metal to powerful metalcore with their usual quirks like 8-bit synths, emotional piano notes, lots of harsh vocals, rapped parts and — of course — a carchy chorus. They never fail to remind me why I love them so much.


Honorable Mentions

YOIMACHI Festival streaming on YouTube

Yoimachi Festival 2021

On the 17th of January, Yoimachi festival will be streamed on YoutTube on four different channels. Among the many artists, some idol groups will also perform: below you can find the schedule of the idol groups (in Japanese time) and the links to follow watch their performances.

Channel よ

  • NaNoMoRaL @ 15:00-15:30
  • RAY @ 18:10-18:45
  • 一瞬しかない (Isshun Shikanai) @ 20:10-20:35

Channel い

  • ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) @ 13:30-14:00
  • THE BANANA MONKEYS @ 14:30-15:00
  • グーグールル (GuGu LuLu) @ 17:35-18:10
  • ステラシュガレット (Stella Sugarlet) @ 20:35-21:05

Channel ま

  • SAKA-SAMA @ 14:00-14:30
  • 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) @ 16:00-16:30
  • グデイ (Goodday) @ 17:00-17:30
  • Ringwanderung @ 21:00-21:30

Channel ち

No idols


Besides these idol groups, there will also be more artists performing at the festival. You can find the full schedule on the official Yoimachi Festival website.

TOP 10 IDOL MV – October 2020

Top 10 Idol MV - October 2020

Another month has passed, which means that we need another Top 10 of the latest MV’s. Check out this list of the best alt-idol music videos of October!


10) 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku) – Shelter

While it’s not the most unique video out there, 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku)’s debut MV perfectly shows how badass this unit is. The dynamic and powerful sound of “Shelter” combining melodic death, power metal and metalcore is a pretty good start for this group.


9) femme fatale – 安眠swimming (Anmin Swimming)

Since their first single, femme fatale have never disappointed me yet. The otherworldly, rich and detailed video combined with the usual 80s-like synth pop sound of “安眠swimming” (Anmin Swimming) is another proof of the greatness of this duo. Bonus points for the pony.


8) NELN – Milk

NELN keeps releasing great singles one after another and this one is no exception. The catchy synth pop sound of “MILK”, alternating atmospheric and intense semi-rock parts, brings the four girls through any kind of TVs and monitors in this new music video.


7) 天空音パレード (TOP / Tenku On Parade) – バジリスク (Basilisk)

I have to admit this was the first time I met 天空音パレード (Tenku On Parade) and I regret not listening to them until now. While they use more typical idol vocal lines, the powerful rock/metal sound supporting them in “Basilisk” is definitely worth more than just a listen.


6) BiSH – STORY OF DUTY

I’ve never been a fan of Call Of Duty and BiSH is surely not my favorite idol group. But how can you not love this destructive digital hardcore song together with a war themed MV? If this will be the soundtrack for WWIII, I almost wish it would start right now. Just kidding, don’t do it please.


5) 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) – パステル (Pastel)

The delicate sound of 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) is perfectly represented by the ethereal atmosphere of its MV, which shows the group’s live activities, often in drawing-like style. This one deserved to be in the Top 3, but well, there was a lot of good stuff last month.


4) NEO JAPONISM – LEGEND OF BATACHIKI 〜バタチキ伝説〜

NEO JAPONISM goes full Egyptian with “LEGEND OF BATACHIKI”, mixing the sounds of pharaohs and pyramids with their usual alternative metal. There is also a short reggae part which doesn’t really belong there, but isn’t this why we love this kind of idols?


3) リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) – Europa

Ok, it was released in Spooktober, but I didn’t really expect リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) to get this creepy in the MV for “Europa”. Although the song is a quite relaxing electronic-synth pop one, the things shown in the video give it a more eerie aura. And yes, of course I love it, how could I not?


2) 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) – 高電圧反抗少女 (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo)

For the second time in a row, 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) manage to get in the Top 3. While the video is not as interesting as the previous one, it still looks pretty cool and “高電圧反抗少女” (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo) shows the awesomeness of their psychedelic music at its best. One of the most underrated units out there, no doubt about it.


1) DESURABBITS – アイコトバ (Aikotoba)

I still remember the day I discovered DESURABBITS through their first MV. Watching the one for “アイコトバ” (Aikotoba) made me realize once again how incredible this unit is. They literally grew up in this group and became one of the most important artists of this alt-idol scene. I’d like to give them a career award, but for now let’s settle with the first place of this Top 10.


That was all for October… or maybe not. Since there was a lot of good MVs I couldn’t include, here’s some of them!

Honorable Mentions

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