How are you all this fine Sunday? I hope you’re all doing well. We’re already halfway through January and guess what? Nothing’s really changed in the world. Fun stuff. Now, I’ve brought you the weekly K-pop review, roundup, analysis whatever you wanna call it. Enjoy.
(여자)아이들((G)I-DLE) – 화(火花)(HWAA)
Not too bad – (G)I-DLE isn’t a group whose music I particularly neither hate nor love. I guess this would be a pass. I mean, at least it’s not noise. The music video above all else is really beautiful to look at but…when does it not? Oh, wait…I can think of at least one example.
AleXa (알렉사) – 오랜만이야(Never let you go)
Her voice is really nice but I wasn’t really feeling the song. It’s definitely one you’d listen to while taking a pensive walk in the winter.
TREASURE – MY TREASURE
Maybe I’m too far down the dark hole that’s my depression but none of this bright cutesy stuff is really moving me. The song is pretty average. Next.
I.N – 막내온탑 (Feat. Bang Chan, Changbin)
From the start, I just knew I wasn’t really gonna like the song. That proved itself as the song went on but hey, I guess it’s good he’s proud being a maknae???
E’LAST(엘라스트) – Dangerous
Song is pretty average…or maybe below average because it’s TOO average if that makes any sense?
Dvwn (다운) – 자유비행
I hate air travel and this song is basically set on a plane. Sums up my feelings of the song.
VICTON(빅톤) – What I Said
Compared to the last song, I like this one better but that ain’t saying much. I think I just appreciate this song more because it has some life and is a bit more upbeat.
A.C.E(에이스) – Fav Boyz (feat. Thutmose) [Steve Aoki’s Gold Star Remix]
Well, a remix is a remix and that is exactly what this is…I really don’t have much else to say besides that.
T1419 – ASURABALBALTA -Japanese Ver.-
Wasn’t really feeling this song but than the chorus kicked in and that was…something. Yeah, pass.
YUBIN(유빈) – PERFUME(향수)
Ehhhh, I’ll take a pass on this one too.
진준우 (JIN JUNWOO) – 취해서
No. Even by the title alone I knew it was gonna be one of ‘those’ songs and I don’t really have the patience right now.
뮤지 (Muzie) – 생각 생각 생각 (Thinking about you) (Feat. 수민)
I actually don’t mind this song. Maybe this week I just feel so done with the usual K-poppiness I’m turning to songs like this. Huh.
Kimfeelsun(김필선) – Mama(마마)
I was actually going to nuke this song from the list but it opened up on a CHRISTMAS tree…so I kept it in just to comment on that. That, and the girl in the red dress seems to be having her own little musical moment with all the exaggerated movements aka dancing. Weirdly captivating in a way…in a way.
Soyul(소율), Bernard Park(버나드박) – Sweet(달콤) (feat. Giant Pink(자이언트핑크))
I thought this song was actually on the alright side for a poppy ballad but then of course, these Koreans can’t resist putting in a rap verse into the song which kinda detracted from it a bit but the song turned out alright anyway.
Hayeon(하연) – Walk Away
I don’t mind this song either strangely enough despite the weird brass instruments tooting in the background at times. It may even go on my playlist.
Fun fact: Apparently she is the sister of Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation and made her debut just last year. I can see the resemblance.
박태욱 (Park Tae Wook) – Galaxie Inferieure (Feat. 수연이(Soo-Yeony))
Another this is my musical moment where we see a girl with headphones dance through the streets of a Korean city (let’s be real, it’s Seoul 9/10 times). Don’t really take to this song though.
bobae – 붙잡아 (onoff)
Um, this song really is pretty indie which I don’t mind, of course, but this particular song isn’t my vibe. The MV is ‘aesthically’ pleasing to watch though.
[SPECIAL CLIP] 위아이(WEi) DOREMIFA
I shoulda put this under the special section that’s after the OST section but I didn’t cause it’s whatever. Plus, quite a few of their fans called this more like an MV than a special clip so I’m just following them. About the song…it’s not too shabby. For a ‘nugu’ group, I feel like I found them better than the A-list stars we had this week.
류수정 Ryu Su Jeong (Lovelyz) – Color Rush (Color Rush OST)
I really don’t mind this actually. I’d definitely put it on a more chill playlist for sure. I think this is the first OST that I really like. I also had to look up the drama where it’s from and I gotta say, it actually sounds pretty interesting. May watch it myself and write about it on here.
THE BOYZ(더보이즈) _ Priority(우선순위) (Run On(런 온) OST Part.7)
Meanwhile, you got the millionth Run On OST I’ve covered and…it’s better than the other ones I’ve covered. My gosh…what a week this is turning out to be.
KIM YO HAN(김요한) – Recently(요즘 자꾸만) (A Love So Beautiful(아름다웠던 우리에게) OST Part.1)
This one ain’t bad either. The OSTs are winning for once this week. And I can’t lie, the video is kinda cute, too. Oh, and it’s short – just under 2 minutes.
LEE SUHYUN(이수현) (AKMU) – Love And Pain (Lovestruck in the City(도시남녀의 사랑법) OST Part.3)
This one kinda messes up the OST streak that was going on but I’ll forgive it.
Song Hee Ran(송희란) – Go On (Web Drama Bike Guys(2021) Original Sound Track – Part.3)
Alright, this one snuck it’s way in – it uploaded just some hours ago. It’s basically a travel footage video but understandable considering this is apparently for a web drama called “Bike Guys.” Song is alright – not as good as the first 3 OSTs but better than Suhyun’s.
[“Special” Section of Intros, Webtoons and Lyrics Videos]
I added this section because they didn’t quite fit into the usual review section since I’m still deciding if I should pass or review intros, webtoons, or lyric videos. So far, my rule is: if it has an adequate video then I’ll throw it in here (especially if it’s a slow week).
ONEUS(원어스) – Intro : Devil is in the detail
Interestingly, I found I liked the intro better when the vocals kicked in. It’s usually the reverse, right? When you like the instrumental over the vocals? Or is it just me?
woo!ah! (우아!) – 빙빙빙 (Round & Round)
This was a rather interesting one and I threw it in here because it shows a bit more effort than the typically lyric video where you have words just slapped on a still image. They remind me of the Powerpuff girls, actually. It’s actually an interesting watch and the song ain’t too shabby either.
They also have masks on to remind us we’re still in a pandemic but doesn’t fashion itself as the usual COVID song that is unintentionally condescending like BTS’s or SM’s were so bonus points for that.
MAYHEM – Be The Change (Lost In Translation Special MV) Ft. Yoolee, eaJ, Sooyoon Kim, Eliit
I wasn’t even sure rather to throw this one in or not, but I did anyway because…why not? The song is average. Still, I looked up this group and apparently MAYHEM is a K-pop group in the unconventional sense that they are animated in this webtoonesque style. I mean, check out their wiki if you want more info. Personally, this art style I don’t really like but a lot of people seem to like it.
Well, that’s it for this week. Amazingly, I found the song of the week was between 3 songs which is more rare than you’d think. It’s a first actually and none of them were from the bigger groups this week. One was even an OST! I guess it’s the little guys win this week. Thus, this post was probably longer than last week’s. I wanted to keep this short but oh well. Congrats if you got this far. Anyway, see you all next week!