少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) – Mannequin Invasion

少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin)

Nobody Expects the Mannequin Invasion! Electro-pop duo 少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) brings chaos and cheer with their second album.

There’s nothing that suits the bright summer energy quite like a fast paced, energetic, perhaps even chaotic, album. While the temperatures are hot, The Girl Mannequin has brought us music that’s even hotter with their second album Mannequin Invasion. Formed under the company EATS MUSIC, the duo (made up of members Heito and Yamishi) released the 7 tracks on June 17th.

The overall feeling of the album is quite wild, with frequent usage of vocal effects and distortion. The first track, “MiSS FiNGER” opens slow and quiet before diving deep into some hard hitting EDM (it almost gets industrial in some sections). The vocals in the verses are delivered in an almost haunting fashion that adds an air of creepiness, amplified by the glitching sounds throughout the track. “Boomerang”, the follow up, continues the upbeat feelings and glitched sound with an instrumental break halfway through that borders on digital hardcore. The vocals, however, feel a little bit forward in the mix.

Track three, “Mental Crazy Claymore”, which molds true to its name, has a unique switch up in the funky opener and some rock elements sprinkled throughout. It’s arguably the most chaotic song on the album with its frequent switch ups in not just sound but vocal sections. “Over-The-Loop” makes use of rapping in its verses and, sonically, is a little more well balanced in terms of structure and even features some Spanish in the breakdown.

“Goth Note”, the fifth track, serves as the most aggressive song on the album with its mix of metal and breakcore elements. The vocals have a spooky quality to them that’s amplified by their now characteristic distortion and vocal effects, as well as titulature gothic elements at the 2:30 mark. The following track, “Electric Dance”, has a darker feel as well despite the simple electro pop beat and relaxed vibes (compared to the last song, for sure!). The pre-chorus is the perfect build up for the simple, but effective, main chorus, which I felt was the best on the album with it’s perfect blend of bounce and the tinges of piano notes. The seventh and final track, “Happy Time”, is the longest on the album at a little over four minutes. The beat is simple and stripped down with very little use of distortion or special effects. It’s poppy and sweet, a perfect end for an otherwise rollercoaster ride of an album.

If you’re looking for something that’ll grab you by the hand and yank you into a world of high spirited (and hard hitting) electro pop, then look no further! I’d also recommend going through the rest of the The Girl Mannequin catalogue for similar and snappy tracks, like the single My Black White Rabbit and their re-recording ver.01 EP.