Millennium Parade is a Tokyo-based collective of musicians, directors, visual effects artists, designers and illustrators. Thursday, they present exclusively the new video of their song “Trepanation”, a distorted and jagged pop track made all the more memorable by its absolutely stunning accompanying animation that brings the melody to life.
The track, featuring the slightly distorted vocals of Japanese singer Masumi better known as Friday Night Plans, is from the collective’s recently released self-titled debut album. It’s also the official theme song for Netflix’s upcoming live-action horror film. Homunculus, an adaptation of the manga of the same name. (The film will be directed by The Grudge’s Takashi Shimizu.)
Sonically, “Trepanation” is a breathtaking piece of music, but it’s the visual that takes our breath away. Directed by collective member Ryoji Yamada, alongside the strong team of Millennium Parade animators, the video tells the story of a half-built android on an extinct Earth as she attempts to reach human consciousness. Visually stunning and clearly meticulously animated, the video is also an absolute journey to watch, its most eye-catching scenes as detailed as watching the millions of refractions of a kaleidoscope.
The founder and producer of the Daiki Tsuneta collective writes of the video in an email, “I wanted to create something edgy and modern, and I think ‘Trepanation’ is the most elegant song I’ve ever had. created so far. More than anything, I am delighted to see the last step in the work of rebel host Ryoji Yamada. Hope you enjoy the trip!
Tsuneta formed Millennium Parade in 2019, their name and creative vision inspired by Japanese folklore. Hyakki Yagyo, or Night parade of a hundred demons. The self-titled debut album was released in February and is packed with energetic and genre songs, a sound they call “Tokyo Chaotic”. Their song “Fly with me” was selected as the theme of Netflix Ghost in the shell: SAC_2045 to restart.
Watch “Trepanation” below.