DIE MILCH are a Japanese music outfit specialising in a particular baroque pop style. As Die Milch’s founder and vocalist Coco puts it: “I love Lolita and there’s no such music that suits this fashion. So I thought I’d make some genre or music that suits this fashion. That’s the origin of Die Milch”. Amongst the influences for Die Milch are such diverse acts as Malice Mizer and violinist Emilie Autumn. The end result is stylish gothic pop tunes with a strong sense of both classical and contemporary musical touches.
DIE MILCH’s debut album ‘METRONOM‘ boasts a superb collection of baroque pop tunes with a strong sense of classical influences and contemporary musical touches.
Instrumental opening track ‘Dynamite’ acts in many ways as an overture to the album with its dramatic string-driven composition. But if there’s one track that stands out on the album, it’s ‘Rosaria’ which combines Coco’s dynamic vocal range with a driving tune bolstered by strings and harpsichord.
‘Operette’ opens with a wonderful harpsichord introduction before switching to a clockwork-inspired melody that serves as a perfect showcase for Coco’s broad vocal range. It’s ‘Operette’ which perhaps also illustrates the doll-aesthetic that Coco is keen to embody through the work of Die Milch. Meanwhile the scaled rhythms and beats of ‘It’s Necessary’ shows a track which steers Die Milch closer to a more traditional pop tune arrangement.
‘Metronom’ comes with the J-Pop Go seal of approval! Read our full review of the album here.