I don't know a lot about Code Kunst. I think he's under YG Entertainment. I'm pretty sure he specializes in K-Hip Hop. He released a killer track with Oh Hyuk and Dok2 a couple years back called “Parachute” and ever since I discovered that song, I've been intrigued by this artist named Code Kunst. Yesterday, he released a new track called “Fire Water” and I've been dying to watch it but Taeyeon distracted me. By the way if you haven't listened to Taeyeon's new album or watched the music video for "Fine", please do! It is amazing! You will not be disappointed unless you don't like talent.
That music video was very interesting. It was almost like a puzzle the way it would produced. There was a platform in the middle of a room full of water. There were torches on the platform and a guy lighting matches and then dropping them into the water. Throughout scenes in the video, the guy was attempting to save a girl who was drowning in the water. The video had a very soothing but dark vibe to it. It was fascinating to watch and try to undo the puzzle.
So I think HIGHGRND is part of YG Entertainment because the video was released by YG, but had the HIGHGRND logo at the end of the video. I'm not even sure. The song was very soothing though. It had a slow funk feel to it that could either put you to sleep or make you want to dance. It's a strange medium. For a second I forgot that Tablo was featured in this song (as well as G.Soul) and it threw me off when he came in rapping. Tablo has a very distinct voice and anyone could recognize his voice.
Well, another great song and video. I hope you enjoyed my review of “Fire Water” by Code Kunst. It was a fantastic song, but I still like “Parachute” better. Please like and share this post on social media. Comment any thoughts you have or suggestions for future reviews. Thank you for showing support to me and my website. I will hopefully have some new videos up soon as well as some livestreams happening soon. I'll see ya guys in the next one.
My Queen is back again but for real this time! This is her official comeback! I already pre-ordered both versions of the album. There is an “I Got Love” version and a “Fine” version and I ordered both! I'm so excited to receive them. Like I said in previous posts, I'll do a livestream if I can figure out how to. Anyway, we're not here to talk about albums I've purchased. We're here to watch Taeyeon's music video!
So many words, but no idea how to express them. Let's start with the aesthetics of the music video. It was interesting because the video was shot almost like a trap song would be shot. It had a lot of doodle effects and filters but the finished project was one that brought me to literal tears. The concept here was obviously a song about heartache, but the way they went about it was phenomenal. The disorientation that was present throughout the music video and the way the memories existed as one thing, but then later, his face was blotted out. It is truly how I feel heartbreak and heartache are. I think the part where I teared up the most was when the song faded out and she stopped singing. It hurt my heart to see Taeyeon even act like she's hurting or in pain. Well done producers! There was a lot of stop-motion effects throughout the video which also give the illusion of time passed or a disorientation of sorts.
Now, I don't know if I can do this. The song was an acoustic piece that built slow and strongly. I'm pretty sure it was just piano and guitar in this song which is how I love hearing Taeyeon. I don't like having a ton of effects and instrumentation blocking her vocals out. The chorus came and I almost fell backwards from how powerful it was. Incredible job by the song writers, but not only that, towards the end of the chorus they did it again. I am just wowed completely by this song and the work that obviously went into it. I'm glad this song was the title track and not “I Got Love” not that I didn't like “I Got Love” but this song is an obvious choice in my eyes. “I Got Love” was just too typical of a K-pop song. There was nothing that really stood out in that song like this entire composition did.
I hope you loved that song and video as much as I did. I cannot wait until my albums arrive. Also I hope you enjoyed my review of “Fine” by Taeyeon. I don't even remember what I wrote, but all I know is that song was incredible in every way. Thanks for showing support to me. Thanks for sticking with me. Please give this post a like and share on social media as well as commenting your thoughts and suggestions for future reviews. I'll see ya in the next one. If I can survive.
Gugudan is back with their comeback song “A Girl Like Me”. Gugudan is stylized in a couple different ways including gugudan and gu9udan. They debuted last year with their song “Wonderland” that seemed themed after The Little Mermaid. I don't know anything about this release, but the album name is Narcissus or something like that so it makes me wonder if they will surround it with that story.
If you don't know the Greek mythology behind the story of Narcissus, it is about a guy named Narcissus that loved himself more than anything. Nemesis saw Narcissus admiring his own reflection in a pool. Narcissus fell in love with his own image. Eventually Narcissus lost the will to live, but only remained at the poolside until he died. The music video seems to follow this theme fairly well using media and entertainment as a way to symbolize the self admiring attitude. The girls are so focused on themselves through magazines, TV, and various other means. A figure appears quite often in the video which is an armless statue which I assume is Narcissus but with a TV in place of his head. As if to say we become so entranced by media and entertainment.
The song was quite interesting. It reminded me a lot of “Catch Me” by WJSN just because of how heavy and hard-hitting the song itself actually was. There were bass hits throughout the song that I wish I could have heard better because they sounded phenomenal. I find it interesting how a group can go from being so cute and adorable in their first release and then comeback as a hard and sexy group. It's so amazing to me. This song and concept were definitely sexy because of the style and their outfits and I guess the underlying idea of being self loving.
Well, that is my review of “A Girl Like Me” by Gugudan. I hope you enjoyed reading it and I hope you will continue to support me because I appreciate every one of you and all the support you have given me thus far. Please like and share this post on social media. Comment your thoughts and suggestions for future reviews. I'll see ya guys in the next one.
Ailee, the Queen of vocals is back with a surprising video. I don't think anyone knew it was coming because I don't remember seeing any teasers or anything but just happened to scroll through my YouTube feed to see her music video for “Reminiscing” posted on the YMC Entertainment channel. Well, I wasn't expecting to do a music video review at 11:30 at night, but bring it on!
The music video was nice. It was calming and slowly it faded from black and white to full color. I loved that because it gives the impression of moving from the past to the present or from mourning to happiness. I don't think Ailee was grieving in this video however. In the video, she was walking towards an outdoors venue where she performed for a small intimate group of people. How I wish I could have been one among those few.
The song was peaceful. Ailee's songs usually are. Her voice is so powerful yet calming at the same time. It was a slow tempo R&B song that kind of had a funky drive to it that was enjoyable. One thing that stood out to me was the part in the music video where she was being filmed, it took me back to her days of “Heaven” because she was trying to make a pose and the person behind the camera wouldn't cooperate, similar to her upset attitude towards the deceased boyfriend in “Heaven”.
I hope you enjoyed my review of “Reminiscing” by Ailee. It took us all by surprise. But it was wonderful. Give me a like and share this post on social media. Comment any thoughts you have or videos you'd like me to review in the future. Thank you for all your support. Please continue to return to my website for updates on K-pop. I really appreciate all of you who take time to look at my reviews. I just recently ordered a bunch of K-pop albums, so I will attempt to do a livestream when I get those albums. I may do one huge one, but probably will do a bunch of small ones because I'm impatient. Thanks again and I'll see ya in the next one.
Lovelyz are finally back! I am a bit bugged that they are moving backwards by promoting a cute concept song, but I'm okay because it's more Lovelyz! Their title track is “WoW” and it is being promoted as a cute concept song. I haven't heard or seen any teasers but I'm super excited for this release! I already ordered my R U Ready album.
I'm not sure what was going on in the music video but it seemed as if it was a transition into their future concepts. They were all in a house and throughout the house were paper cutouts of the members in their different concepts throughout the couple years they've been in the industry. The music video was from the perspective of a first person viewer. The viewer was wandering around the house and being sang to by the members of the group. It was cute but it wasn't as cute as I thought it would be.
I've always said this about Lovelyz, but I think their musical instrumentation isn't cute. The heavy electronic backing track gives a more timeless style. However, their vocals and onscreen actions give them the cute style. I do think this song, even though the song itself was rather cute, is sort of like the music video in giving transition between phases. The song is extremely reminiscent of their earlier stuff much like on the Hi~ album, however it is laced with elements of A New Trilogy as well. In fact a lot of the vocals in the song and some of the instrumentation sounds like “Destiny” with the epic fast-paced dance style.
Lovelyz never ceases to amaze me and I can't wait for my album to come and to listen to the rest of the album. I hope I get a Jin card. I hope you guys enjoyed my review of “WoW” by Lovelyz. Support Lovelyz everyone! Seriously! They need a first win! Thanks for all the support you guys have given me. Like and share this post on social media. Comment your thoughts and suggestions for future reviews and I'll see ya in the next one.
Today you guys get a double feature because Subin of Dal*Shabet released two music videos. “Strawberry” and “Circle's Dream” are the featured releases and I hope that these songs are anywhere near as good as Dal*Shabet's music because their sound is phenomenal and beautiful. Also, I hope that “Circle's Dream” has a lot of circle imagery that is utilized within a dream sequence. I expect nothing less.
One thing I will point out is I love that the blacked out portion of the video was red “like a strawberry.” Due to the aspect ratio of the video, many videos have the black bars above and below the video, but the producer saw this as an opportunity. I love it. The essence of the video “Strawberry” was Subin walking near a lake. Even though this video was so simple, the aesthetic was brilliant and draws you in.
I don't understand the chorus line. It doesn't make a ton of sense to me as a native English speaker, however the song was very powerful and peaceful. I would describe the atmosphere of the song to be a compelling anthem ballad. It had the typical ballad elements such as piano and thought out vocals, but the vibe of the song sounded like a song of encouragement or anthem. Subin's voice is incredible and honestly, this might become one of my favorite songs of the year because of how well the vocal and piano meshed together without having one overlap or overtake the other.
Once again, they utilized the black bars in “Circle's Dream”. Honestly I had no idea what was going on in that video but I liked it. There were just multiple Subin's appearing throughout the video. Red and white must be a theme in this album, I'm hoping because there was a ton of red and white in this video.
The song reminded me of a mix of Lim Kim and Lorde, except better than both of them. Subin's voice sounds a lot better. It may be the overuse of auto-tune in this song or the ridiculous amount of overlapping and dubbing of vocals, but her voice sounded phenomenal. Also the backing track was really stripped down. It was just a guitar and some light percussion instruments. With a backing track that is that limited, her voice is going to sound amazing. It's like when Taeyeon sang “11:11” live, her voice sounded enormous.
Well, this has been my review of “Strawberry” and “Circle's Dream” by Subin. I'm definitely going to check out this album and if it's anything like I've heard, it may surpass Suzy's debut album Yes No Maybe? Thank you for all the support. If you liked this, please give it a like and share this post on social media. Comment your thoughts, opinions and any video you'd like me to review in the future. I'll see ya in the next one.
BTS makes their second comeback with the follow-up song “Not Today” for their repackaged album Wings: You Never Walk Alone. BTS is breaking records all over the board. They have broken records over and over again and are doing so again with this release. I wish them love and respect for their hard work and dedication but the ARMYs need to calm down and learn to respect other fandoms as well. I'm not calling out all ARMYs but the trolls that like to cause chaos need to stop and understand that BTS at one point wasn't the record breaking group they are today.
Okay, I need a minute to process that. That was incredible. And I thought “Dope” was incredible. “Not Today” just blew “Dope” out of the water. The music video was pretty much just a dance video but it was epic; about as epic as a dance video can be. There was fire and action. I'm not sure what they were running from. I don't think it was the black ninjas because those were dancing with them. But it did look like they were shooting at the members towards the end. I love that they had a huge dance crew with them in this video and the triangle pattern they made while dancing this incredibly intense dance.
Let's not ignore the energy in this song. The song was so hyped I didn't know what to do with myself. Honestly, this is one of the most hyped songs I've heard in a long time. The energy level was through the roof. However, it sounded like something I've heard before but I can't place it. Either way, the song was phenomenal and incredibly intense. I can't wait to listen to this song with the full album now. I was waiting until I saw this video to listen to the song.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my review of “Not Today” by BTS. They are killing it and they deserve it. Please leave any suggestions in the comment section. Give me a like and share this on social media. Thanks for giving me love and support and I'll see ya in the next one.
I had a difficult decision to make. Twice and BTS came back on the same day, so I had to choose which music video to review first. Twice won merely because I'm a guy and prefer girl groups. But I definitely am excited for BTS as well. “Knock Knock” by Twice came out today and it is supposed to be a continuation of “TT” according to the end of that music video. I haven't watched any teasers or anything. I'm kind of clueless on what to expect from Twice this time around. The only thing I remember was looking at the teaser pictures and there seems to be focus on a door which makes sense.
What an interesting video. It definitely continued from “TT” but not as expected. The video showed the girls hanging out when a knock comes at their door. They go down to answer it, but it is only JYP standing outside. Then they open the door again and see a book called The TWICEcoaster which shows scenes from the “TT” video. Suddenly, it starts snowing outside and they all rush outside to play in the snow. However trouble happens when they get trapped outside. The perspective changes to the kids at the end of “TT” turning around to see who is knocking at the door. It was definitely interesting, but I enjoyed it. A strange thing is that this video doesn't have each member in a distinct outfit like their other videos have done. “Like Ooh Ahh”, “Cheer Up”, and “TT” all had personalized costumes for each member, but this one didn't. Also Chaeyoung is beautiful and looked so cute, I just wish she had more of a rap.
The song was cute and well done as most Twice songs are. It started off right where the end of “TT” finished. In my personal opinion, and I'm sure tons of Once will agree, but it sounded like a Christmas song. They should have released this song with the Part 1: Christmas Edition. Either way, I'm super excited to listen to this album even though it's essentially the same album just with two new songs. I'm probably going to order the A version. I wish I had more money because I'd buy The Story Begins and Cheer Up as well.
I hope you enjoyed my review of “Knock Knock” by Twice. I'm going to go order it online now. I'll see ya in the next one. Please give a like and share this on social media. Also give me suggestions for future reviews. Thanks for all your love and support.
My queen is back! Kim Taeyeon of Girls' Generation has officially made her comeback with “I Got Love”. Taeyeon made her debut back in 2015 with “I”. Since then she has made a comeback with TaeTiSeo, Girls' Generation's sub-unit. She released “Rain” at the beginning of 2016 then followed it up immediately with her 2nd mini album Why. A little while after that, she released “11:11” and now she is back with “I Got Love”. Honestly she is so hardworking.
I'm not sure what was going on in that music video but it was sexy as hell. It seemed like Taeyeon was dancing and collecting diamonds. There wasn't a whole lot going on throughout the music video but there were a ton of effects. Taeyeon looks so good with a sexy concept. Actually come to think about it, this video reminds me a lot of “You Think” concept that Girls' Generation did back in 2015.
The song was excellent. I loved almost all of it. The thing I hate is that K-pop seems to be venturing towards the EDM genre which ends up ruining their songs, especially songs of some of their greatest singers such as Taeyeon. The thing I hate about this song is that the verses and pre-chorus build up towards the chorus like any typical song, but then the “drop” happens and it cuts out all vocals. Why would you cut Taeyeon's amazing vocals in the most hyped part of the song? I did like how they recovered from this however in the final chorus. The chorus “drop” wasn't annoying though which I'm thankful for because it seems like each new drop that comes out gets more and more annoying.
Well my queen is back. Thank the K-pop gods! I hope you enjoyed this review. Comment your thoughts and suggestions for future reviews you want me to do. Give me a like and share this post on social media. Thank you all for your love and support and I'll see ya in the next one.
I accidentally listened to this song yesterday. I didn't think it was going to get a music video because it was already available for download on K2NBlog. So I listened to it, but to be honest I was involved in another project so I didn't really listen to it. I only heard it once. So I'm going to do a review of “I Don't Wanna Love You” by June One Kim and Krystal of f(x). I love Krystal. She is my bias, so I'm excited to see her on screen.
I'm not going to lie, that video was creepy as hell. The first two minutes of the video were completely silent and then the black and white with the doubled effects and various other effects made for a really creepy video. Not to mention the video seemed to be about abusive relationships, so when the lights went out in the house, I almost lost my shit. Like I said, I think the video is about abusive relationships. Krystal looked amazing though as always.
I absolutely love this song. The style of vintage recording being played over a trap beat is genius. I think this style absolutely fits Krystal's voice too. People say Krystal isn't a good singer, but in the right atmosphere, she would be incredible. I would buy the shit out of an album with this style of music on the entire thing. The old vintage style recording that was done for this track added to the creepiness of the video as well. Having Krystal's voice have some of that detune effect is really amazing. Her innocent sounding voice suits the style as well because of the way females used to sing. I love this song and style. The video was pretty awesome as well.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my review of “I Don't Wanna Love You” by June One Kim and Krystal. Please like this post and share it on social media. Comment your thoughts and any videos you'd like me to review in the future. Thank you all for your love and support and I'll see ya in the next one.
In this section of my website, I will review Kpop music videos, albums, songs, and various other things pertaining to Kpop. This will be the main stage of my website. It is where the majority of the action will take place.