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

TOP 10 IDOL MV – May 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - May 2021

How time flies! I almost didn’t realize that May was already over, but here we are. I feel like last month there slight less good MV, but on the other hand there was a lot of quality stuff. Let’s see which are the best MV’s of May!


10) MIRAI FLEET – わたしはもうきみのじゃない。 (Watashi Wa Mou Kimi No Janai)

Straightforward 4/4 EDM beats, powerful electric guitars, dramatic strings: MIRAI FLEET starts off with a song featuring lots of interesting elements. The colors of the MV perfectly fit this intense sound, showing all of its energy through many light rays. You may also be interested in the debut MV of Mirai⭐︎Frontier, their sister unit.


9) ASP – A Song of Punk

I’d never thought that someday I’d say that I like anal sex penis, but yeah, I don’t dislike it. ASP‘s first MV for “A Song of Punk” is literally what the title says: nothing but a punk song, but an enjoyable one, following the usual Wack style. The aesthetics of the group is probably what caught my attention the most, but the music is not half bad too.


8) ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) – Caramelt

Once again, I must praise Pupa!!. The catchy synth pop of this MV has been stuck in my head for a while, and I’m not really complaining. The songs of this trio often features ethereal elements together with more intense ones and “Caramelt” is no exception, with that very nice synth melody merging with refined piano notes. Yes, I love them.


7) 電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ) – トランキライザーの恋人 (Tranquilizer no koibito)

Despite using a very elegant palace as the main setting for the video which made me think there could be some neoclassical influences somewhere in the song, Cinema And Boy CQ‘s “Tranquilizer No Koibito” breathes strong 80s vibes through its melodies especially in the duo’s vocal lines: how can you not love that chorus?


6) femme fatale – ピューピル (Pupil)

Speaking of the 80s, we can’t forget about femme fatale. Their interest in the sounds and aesthetics of the past is still strong in “Pupil”, featuring synth pop elements, funk-inspired basslines and lots of stuff from decades ago. Basically, everything you would expect from this duo.


5) ミソラドエジソン (Misolade Edison) – ムーンライトシアター (Moonlight Theater)

“Moonlight Theater” by Misolade Edison sounds almost like a very nice Halloween song, except its MV came out in May. Am I the only one who thinks that this would be the perfect song for an idol group in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”? Unfortunately, Burton didn’t put any idol in his story, but we still got this awesome and slightly dark song.


4) 感覚ロヂック (Kankaku Logic) – Fragrance

Kankaku Logic are one of the most intense idol metal groups, as shown in “Fragrance”; mixing various subgenres such has alternative, melodic death and the good old heavy metal, the song features both spiteful and delicate vocals, some creepy synths and, obviously, a lot of distorted guitars. Bonus points for the dark aesthetics of the four members.


3) クロスノエシス (CROSSNOESIS) – moon light

I wish CROSSNOESIS would release stuff more often, because everytime they do there is something great: this time, “moon light” made me fall in love with its sound based on drum and bass, which is not a genre you find that much in idol music. Now I want them to do more songs in this style.


2) MANACLE – Look at me!

We were all waiting for MANACLE‘s first MV, so here it is. “Look at me!” is a catchy and intense electronic song featuring some dark guitars and background synths which made me realize once again how cool Risaki, Ray and Hina are, together with their new friend Maon. Now, I don’t want to start a war, but this song is probably far better than anything these three girls did in their previous group.


1) 禁断の多数決 (Kindan No Tasuketsu) – Night Breeze

The fuzzy and ethereal synth/dream pop music of “Night Breeze” totally deserves the first place for this month. You never know what to epect from Kindan No Tasuketsu, but you can be sure that it will be good. But this time, it’s not just good: it’s incredible. And the video showing fireworks, the night sky, a cat… I don’t really know what’s going on here, but I love it.


Honorable Mentions

TOP 10 IDOL MV – March 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - March 2021

Another month has passed, and so here we are for another Top 10 of the best alternative idol MV’s released in March. Let’s take a look at these ten awesome videos!


10) EIMIE – FAKE

EIMIE‘s latest MV is pretty good. “FAKE” consists of an alternative metal sound with vocals mostly influenced by rap, except for those awesome growled parts, which unfortunately don’t last that much. In any case, the song is still very enjoyable.


9) 8bitBRAIN – Black Sabbath

No Osbournes were harmed in the making of this video, I promise. 8bitBRAIN are back with their electronic-infused metal sound, with the usual autotuned vocals. If you love this style, you’ll surely enjoy “Black Sabbath”. Although I wanna hear them saying I am iron man in autotune now.


8) プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga) – Winning Ark (Daybreak)

How many times have I been featuring プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga) lately? Not that’s a problem. The psychedelic unit brings us their first MV for “Winning Ark (Daybreak)”, which is a kinda catchy and simple one, compared to other songs they have released before.


7) POPPiNG EMO – SELFISH

POPPiNG EMO have been doing great lately, just listen to the intense electronic/pop-infused rock sound of “SELFISH” to understand what I mean. For some reason, the main guitar has been stuck in my head for a while, despite not being really that much unique or awesome. Not that I complain, anyway.


6) ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) – Vanilla

Everytime I listen to ピューパ!! (Pupa!!), I get fascinated by their dreamy, delicate sound; “Vanilla” is no exception, of course. You start getting lulled by guitars resembling post-rock’s calmer parts, accompanied by a synthetic background, and then some intense synth pop hits you. That’s a very nice feeling.


5) FRUN FRIN FRIENDS – バニラ (Vanilla)

More “Vanilla”, this time from FRUN FRIN FRIENDS. Both the song and the video feel very artistic, if that makes any sense. Catchy, cute and poppy, but still refined and kinda unique. Check out the MV for “Strawberry” too, released together with this one.


4) 9DayzGlitchClubTokyo – Brand new Stimulate

Heavy and weird electronic stuff, catchy and intense pop/metal mix, a bit of hip-hop: anything else? Apparently, 9DayzGlitchClubTokyo have anything you need in their music. “Brand new Stimulate” is their first MV, and it shows how promising this unit is.


3) INUWASI – holy

If you read the review of their EP, you should already know I love INUWASI; in case you haven’t, go read it. Do it NOW. Anyway, while “holy” is not my favorite song from the mini-album, it’s still a good one where post-hardcore and electronic/hip-hop meet, which is a great mix.


2) めろん畑a go go (Melon Batake A Go Go) – 撃つな琉陀瓶! (Utsu Na RUTAKAME!)

Our favorite masked super-heroines are back with their usual retro-styled music. “撃つな琉陀瓶!” (Utsu Na RUTAKAME!) is an awesome song featuring memorable vocal lines and lots of stuff from long lost decades, exactly what we would expect from めろん畑a go go (Melon Batake A Go Go).


1) 感覚ロヂック (Kankaku Logic) – 深愛嫌悪 (Shin’ai Ken’o)

感覚ロヂック (Kankaku Logic) really outdid themselves with “深愛嫌悪” (Shin’ai Ken’o). The song keeps switching between extreme metal and dark, haunting parts, with a video which fits perfectly the music. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Unless you want to get traumatized.


Honorable Mentions

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