Zutomayo

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Zutomayo
OriginJapan
Genres
Years active2018 (2018)–present
LabelsEMI
MembersACA-Ne
Websitezutomayo.net

Zutto Mayonaka de Iinoni. (Japanese: ずっと真夜中でいいのに。, lit. "I wish it was midnight all the time"), stylized as ZUTOMAYO, is a Japanese rock group that debuted in 2018. Secretive by nature, the group has never released a full member list, crediting different people for music, arrangements, and music video production each time. The only member reoccurring in all of the group's output is the vocalist, an unidentified woman named "ACA-Ne" (ACAね, a-kah-nay[1]).[2]

Despite the little information released, the group is commercially successful. Zutomayo's three EP's have reached 8th, 1st, and 2nd on the Oricon Albums Chart, respectively. The group was also invited to perform at the 2019 Fuji Rock Festival a year after their debut.[3]

Style[edit]

Aside from ACA-Ne, the vocalist, it is unclear how many people are in the band. ACA-Ne has never revealed her face, and the band have performed behind a translucent screen during concerts, including at the 2019 Fuji Rock Festival. Many have pointed to Zutomayo's secrecy regarding its members contributing towards its popularity.[4][5] In more recent performances however, other members of the band have been less secretive, choosing to show their faces.

Zutomayo typically produces rock music, often featuring intricate, funk-inspired basslines. ACA-Ne's voice has been described as "energetic", "expressive", and "delicate".[5][6]

History[edit]

The group debuted with the release of their first song, "Byōshin o Kamu" (秒針を噛む), via YouTube on June 4, 2018. The song became an immediate hit, garnering 200,000 views within the first week.[2][7] Additionally, after being released on streaming platforms on August 30, the song became the most streamed song in Japan that week.[8] Following the song's release, Zutomayo held their first concert at Daikanyama Loop in Tokyo. Attendees were handed opaque glasses and reported that the entire venue was dark for the concert's duration.[7] The group would continue to conceal their identities in future concerts.

Zutomayo released two more singles digitally before releasing their first EP, Tadashii Itsuwari Kara no Kishō (正しい偽りからの起床), on November 14 through EMI Records. The EP reached 8th on the Oricon Albums Chart and was nominated in the 19th CD Shop Awards.[9][10] On June 5, 2019, a second EP was released titled Ima wa Ima de Chikai wa Emi de (今は今で誓いは笑みで), which topped the Oricon chart.[11] The group's first full-length album, Hisohiso Banashi (潜潜話), was released on October 30 of the same year.[12] The song "Darken" was used in the live-action film The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, and "Hypersomnia" is also featured in the film.[13] The group released Gusare (ぐされ) on February 10, 2021, featuring songs "One's Mind", "Can't Be Right", "STUDY ME", "Hunch Gray", "Have a", "Engine Oil", "Darken", "Milabo", "Loneliness", "Crop", "Hypersomnia", "Fastening", and "Inner Heart".

In October 2022, the group provided the second ending theme, "Time Left" (残機), for the anime Chainsaw Man.[14]

Discography[edit]

As of February 2022, Zutomayo has released four EPs and two full-length albums. Some songs contained in these albums were released digitally before the album's release.[15]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
JPN
[11]
JPN
Comb.

[16]
JPN
Hot

[17]
Hisohiso Banashi 5 5 4
Gusare
  • Released: February 10, 2021
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming
2 2 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
JPN
[11]
JPN
Comb.

[16]
JPN
Hot

[17]
Tadashii Itsuwari Kara no Kishō
  • Released: November 14, 2018
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
8 3
Ima wa Ima de Chikai wa Emi de
  • Released: June 12, 2019
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
1 1 1
Hogaraka na Hifu tote Fufuku
  • Released: August 5, 2020
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
2 2 2
Nobi Shigusa Korite Itomagoi
  • Released: February 16, 2022
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
1 1 1

Compilation extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Zutomayo's Playlist for U.S.
  • Release date: August 27, 2021
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Universal
Zutomayo's Playlist for U.S. Vol. 2
  • Release date: April 22, 2022
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Universal

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Certifications Album
JPN
[24]
JPN
Comb.

[25]
JPN
Hot

[26]
"Byōshin o Kamu" (秒針を噛む) 2018 42 Hisohiso Banashi
"Nōriue no Cracker" (脳裏上のクラッカー)
"Humanoid" (ヒューマノイド)
"Mabushii DNA Dake" (眩しいDNAだけ) 2019 97
"Seigi" (正義)
"Kettobashita Mōfu" (蹴っ飛ばした毛布)
"Obenkyō Shitoite yo" (お勉強しといてよ) 2020 21 20
  • RIAJ: Silver (st.)[27]
Gusare
"Darken" (暗く黒く) 69
"Hunch Gray" (勘ぐれい) 50
"Can't Be Right" (正しくなれない) 22 22
  • RIAJ: Gold (st.)[27]
"Inside Joke" (あいつら全員同窓会) 2021 19 16 Non album-single
"Stay Foolish" (ばかじゃないのに) 45
"Mirror Tune" (ミラーチューン) 2022
"Blush" (消えてしまいそうです) 18 47
"Time Left" (残機) 14
"Kira Killer" (綺羅キラー)
(featuring Mori Calliope)
32
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Certifications Album
JPN
Comb.

[25]
"Kan Saete Kuyashiiwa" (勘冴えて悔しいわ) 2019
  • RIAJ: Silver (st.)[27]
Hisohiso Banashi
"Konnakoto Sōdō" (こんなこと騒動)
"Haze Haseru Haterumade" (ハゼ馳せる果てるまで)
"Dear. Mr "F""
"Milabo" 2020 44 Gusare
"Fastening" (低血ボルト)
"Ham"
"Hypersomnia" (過眠) 2021
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

References[edit]

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