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

LiLii Kaona – キヲク (Kioku)

LiLii Kaona

Listen to キヲク (Kioku), the first single of LiLii Kaona featuring all the creativity of the duo in their organic-electronic style aptly named organica.

Among the many sub-styles of the modern Japanese idol scene, there are some unit which can’t be pigeonholed in any category. LiLii Kaona are one of the most original and creative groups in the whole scene and their latest work キヲク (Kioku) is another proof of their talent. Although it is considered a single, the structure of this release is more similar to a mini-album, being made of four songs made of their unpredictable and highly detailed organica style.

The first track is “琴の緒” (Kotonoo), featuring a heavy and complex rhythmic section made of a bouncy electronic bassline intertwining with percussions both tribal and industrial, while the sound of a koto and the delicate voices of the girls add a more easy-listening — yet very evocative — element; the song seems to draw us in an imaginary world abandoned by humans and reconquered by Mother Nature, with Yuka and Koyuki acting as her fairies. “Rust” (which they played live together with XOXO Extreme) has a stronger industrial feel in its powerful mechanical drums and background pads, but it soon gets softened by a warmer and slightly melancholic synth; for some reason, the group vocals accompanying the chorus remind me of some pop song from the 80s, which together with the usual haunting style of the girls creates a very catchy and bright harmony.

The third song 鼓動 (Kodō) drags us in the Amazon rainforest with a bossanova-inspired jazzy bass rhythm and a Latin American feel throughout its melodies; incredibly, LiLii Kaona managed to use these foreign elements in their electronic sound, creating a very original track with a jungle-like and danceable atmosphere. As if it wasn’t enough, the last song “Reverberation” surprises us again with a more disco and synth pop oriented style, where a funky bassline and a straightforward 4/4 drum beat guide the very pop-ish synth and vocal melodies; just think of a more upbeat version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, but when the French musicians take their helmets off you find out they’re actually two Japanese girls.


Kioku is made of a huge amount of creativity and Yuka and Koyuki proved to have all the skills needed to shape it to their needs; behind he catchiness of their vocals, you can clearly feel how detailed and unique their music sounds and the union of these two aspects will make you fall in love with LiLii Kaona.