Jessi from Lucky J has released a new music video for her song entitled “Excessive Love”. I think this is ironic considering that Lucky J released the song “No Love”. So they went from from no love to too much love in a couple of short months. Interesting. However, I don't actually know a lot about Jessi. I know she's part of Lucky J and I think she was involved in Unpretty Rapstar, maybe? I did notice that Jessi came out with her video for No Love and then a month or two later, 4Minute comes out with their video for “Hate” where Hyuna looks like she did, which is strangely similar to Jessi in “No Love”. Anyway that's not why we're here.
That music video struck me hard. The video was in two separate filter lenses. The first one was a blue filter lens that gave the appearance of night and sadness. Many of these scenes were the ones where Jessi sang and would stare off in the distance. The other filter was a black and white lens, however, it would be disrupted by certain colors, like fire and the rose. This portion of the video had more of a story element behind it. It seemed Jessi found the rose on fire, which could represent her being burned. At the end of the video, there were objects that fell and were on fire, including a teddy bear, which could imply that her past is destroyed. The video was very beautiful and well shot.
The song was really powerful as well. It was a hip hop power ballad in which Jessi sung the entire thing. She didn't rap at all in this song which isn't what I expected to hear. She's usually known for her rapping ability and to present a new song with no rapping whatsoever shows that she is a versatile artist and can work in various elements. I loved this song, so much more than “No Love”. This song had emotion and it poured out throughout the entire song whereas “No Love” felt more emotionless with more focus on the rapping ability. This song is definitely going on my playlist.
That was my review of “Excessive Love” by Jessi. What did you guys think about the music video/song? Did you like it? What is your interpretation of the video? I would definitely like to know what your thoughts are. Please like, comment and share this post throughout all your social media. Also, don't forget to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
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It happened! Yoona from Girls' Generation has received a solo for this week's SM Station. The song is called Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway. My thoughts on this are that it is probably a ballad. Yoona just seems like the personality that would either do a ballad or a cutesy song and that title doesn't sound cutesy. I'm excited for this. So technically speaking, Yoona is the second SNSD member to go solo, even before Tiffany or Jessica. Daebak! Well, I'm excited to watch this music video, so I'm just going to do that right now.
The music video for this song was cute and a little more creative than some of the previous SM Stations. (Not looking at you, D.O!) It was basically a lyric video with videos in the background of Yoona. It was bright and aesthetically pleasing. Yoona was gorgeous as always and seemed so natural. This video sort of reminded me of Wendy & Eric Nam's video from last week because of the naturalness of the reactions within the video. Yoona laughing honestly looked like she was having fun and enjoying herself.
The song was cute and a little different than I expected. The song was a bit more upbeat than I had predicted. However, it was still, what I think, a ballad. It was more of a medium tempo ballad, sort of upbeat but still has the sense of a ballad. 10Cm, whoever that is, was a good fit for this song and matched well with Yoona's vocal patterns and abilities.
That's my review of Yoona's solo debut song Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway! The song was cute and catchy! What did you think of Yoona's solo debut? Did you enjoy it? What parts did you enjoy most? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Don't forget to check me out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Please like, comment, and share this wherever you can think of it. And remember K-POP EVERYDAY!
Today, you get another double feature music video review because I didn't have my headphones at school today, so I didn't get to check out these videos until now. But today Fiestar released their music video and comeback for Mirror. The concept looks dark and sexy, so I'm excited for that. The last release we heard from Fiestar was You're Pitiful which rocked the k-pop charts. The second video I'm going to review is Cosmic Girls (WJSN) with their song Catch Me. The name reminds me of Catch Me by TVXQ! and Catch Me If You Can by SNSD. I'll first start off with Fiestar and Mirror
The music video was pretty much as it appeared. It was dark and sexy. There were a ton of mirrors in it and some “underwater” scenes where the stage they were dancing on appear to be underwater by lighting and the sand on the ground. The video was filtered for most of the scenes by either a faint sepia tint, cool blue tint, or a high exposure/faded filter. The video's concept seemed to be girls in distress. I'm not sure exactly what the mirrors had to do with it, maybe it's like a “mirror, mirror, on the wall” trope.
The song was rather unexciting. The song never seemed to reach a peak, but rather stayed low and subtle. Their voices were breathy to convey a sexy sound, but it might have been overdone in this song. The raps however were bomb and those were honestly the best parts of the song. Overall, this song isn't anything special. I'm sure I'll like it more as I listen to it again, however it didn't thrill me. It's nothing compared to You're Pitiful.
Next up, we have Cosmic Girls (WJSN) with their second title song Catch Me. That music video was pretty boring. But while it was boring, it still caught my attention. Rather than just being a dance video, they did cool camera shots. The filter was cool because it gave the video a dark effect. The video seemed to be shot in a room of some sort with several doors and a skyview ceiling.
The song was bumping. It reminded me sort of like SNSD's You Think, mixed with Hellovenus's I'm Ill and 4Minute's Act 7 album as a whole. It had a cool trap feeling throughout the entire song, however, I wasn't a fan of the transition with the pre-chorus. I felt like that could have been left out because it felt very disjointed and unnatural. The song was pretty hard, but then twice in the song, it suddenly shifts to a happy cutesy tune. I don't like it but that doesn't mean I probably won't go buy this song because that's probably the first thing I do once I post this up.
What were your thoughts on these two videos? Which did you like more? For me, it was definitely WJSN. They can nail the cutesy thing. They can nail the hardcore thing, but next time, don't mix the two. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, don't forget to follow me and hit me up on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Please like, comment, and share this post. Thanks for all your support and most importantly K-POP EVERYDAY!
Check out my list of top 10 songs of the week in this special Taeyeon's birthday edition! Also, I'm bringing this series back and will update more often now! In case you are not somewhere where you can listen to this, or you can't get it to load for some reason, I'll have my list attached on this blog!
10. Taemin - Soldier
Ever since this song and album was released, I've not stopped listening to it. This song shows off Taemin's abilities as a musician and proves his maturity from his previous album to this one. He definitely stepped up his game with the release of Press It.
9. Brave Girls - Deepened
When this song came out, I had no idea who the Brave Girls even were. I decided to give it a chance and I was glad I did. This song took the best song of 2016 for a while in my mind. These girls know how to perform and can definitely entertain.
8. Twice - Like a Fool
Twice is a 9 member girl group from JYP that debuted in the latter part of 2015. They destroyed the charts with their hit title "Like OOH AHH", however my favorite song from their debut mini album is defiitely "Like a Fool". Not only does this song show how mature they already are, but it shows off their vocal ability. Definitely one of my favorite songs of 2015.
7. 4Minute - Blind
While "Hate" took YouTube by storm and seemed to compete greatly with their previous release "Crazy", my favorite song from their mini album was definitely "Blind". This song is so unique and has a sound that Skrillex (the one who produced this album) would be proud of. It has a very dirty, grimy feeling to it that all seems to fall harder with that opening beat in the chorus.
6. Mamamoo - You're the Best
Mamamoo is a group I'm not a fan of, but they nailed it with this release. I've been listening to this song on repeat and actually breaking my repeat button. The vocal blend and style in this song is unique and very powerful. To say it sounds different from the rest of their sound would be a lie, but in a way it still sounds better than their previous releases.
5. 4Ten - Severely
4Ten is a group I just recently got into a lot more with their release of Jack of All Trade. These girls know how to produce a dance song that gets stuck in your head. This song reminds me of a video game song or an anime opener. It's so good, you'll be singing it for days.
4. Stellar - Sting
Stellar is another group I've gotten into more recently. They seem to over sexualize every concept they are in, however with this theme it seems to be more about the media and their company poking at their over sexualization. It's a powerful song with great meaning.
3. Jimin & Xiumin - Call You Bae
Jimin is the cutey that appeared in season 1 of Unpretty Rapstar. She, along with Xiumin in this cutesy tune, nail the aegyo/cute first date stage look. Jimin is too cute in this bright and colorful music video. And I noticed that Lee Hi, in her newest video "Hold My Hand" is wearing the same sweater as Jimin at the end of this video.
2. Eric Nam & Wendy - Spring Love
Wendy of Red Velvet collaborates with Eric Nam in this SM Station release that will melt your heart. The two spend the day together at a rather abandoned amusement park. A large majority of the video is shot in stop-motion format which makes for a reminiscent feeling throughout the video.
1. Taeyeon - Secret
Taeyeon's birthday is today so I had to put her at the top of the list. Taeyeon was the first to release a song for SM Station and released her song "Rain". However, on that single was an additional song called "Secret" that is equally as beautiful and proves that Taeyeon is one of SM's best vocalists. The strong ballad shows off her strong vocals and her right to be known as the OST Queen.
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Lee Hi of YG Entertainment has officially comeback! She released two new music videos earlier today entitled Breathe and Hold My Hand. I love Lee Hi and her amazing voice, so I'm glad she's made a comeback. I can't wait to listen to her whole album, but for the time being let's watch the music videos. First up is Breathe.
The music video for Breathe was phenomenal. Everyone says SM is doing amazing scenery with their videos, but YG just stepped up the game with this beautiful city-scape of what I'm assuming is Seoul. In the video, Lee Hi is singing from a rooftop while the camera pans around her to show off the beautiful skyline and the sun setting in the distance. The video is amazing and not only the rooftop shots, but also the night scenes and the rainy windows that make an appearance towards the end of the video.
The song was a ballad-type with so much emotion conveyed in it. Lee Hi seems like she's definitely grown up and she proves it again and again with her low notes in the verses and her high, powerful hits in the choruses. Lee Hi looks stunning as always with her black wavy hair blowing in the wind. I swear if this song isn't in a drama in the next six months, I'm going to throw a fit. This song is what dramas crave and everything about it just screams drama-sad-scene.
Next up we have Hold My Hand. The music video was fun and creative. The first ¾ of the video is in an aspect ratio of 1x1. The extra side area is filled with 8-bit animations that look like they are straight from an NES game. The video is filled with several interactions between the real world and the 8-bit world, such as the moon, the hearts, etc. The last ¼ of the video the screen opens up from 1x1 aspect ratio to a full screen. The video seems to be from the point-of-view of a girl that wants a guy to notice her, or hold her hand, but the video seems to be going in sequence of a day. So, “A Day in the Life of a Girl who Wants a Guy” type of video. It was cute and quite entertaining.
The song was also cute, but not as cute as you would think. Lee Hi's voice is powerful and doesn't let up even for a second of the song. Her tiny figure puts out a voice like that which is beyond my understanding. She seems to be reiterating over and over that she wants “him” to hold her hand and fall in love again and again and again. Overall, this song is really catchy and I can't wait to hear what else she has in store for us on her album.
There's my review of Breathe and Hold My Hand by the one and only Lee Hi. She truly is amazing! Which video did you enjoy more? Leave your response in the comments section below. Don't forget to follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/openthekpop and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Please like, share, and comment on this post and feel free to browse my past posts. Thanks for your support and don't forget K-POP EVERYDAY!
Tonight, I thought I was going to watch episodes 3 & 4 of Descendants of the Sun, but the video I downloaded didn't have any subs, so I'm back to reviewing music videos for tonight. Damn you, DramaCool! Wendy is a member of the five member girl group, Red Velvet. She is a Canadian and can speak English really well. Eric Nam is also one of those k-pop people that can speak English really well. So I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of English in their new video together for SM Station called Spring Love. Wendy is one of those people that is trying to steal SeulRene's spot as number one. I shouldn't budge, but Wendy is too cute as well. Anyway, I'm excited for this video.
The video was really cute. The music video for Spring Love was pretty much shot in stop-motion style except for a couple of moments in the video. But the content of the video was Wendy and Eric Nam going on a date to an amusement park. It showed all the different rides they went on and the fun they had while there. It was really natural feeling and made us care for them. There was a filter over the video throughout the entirety of it. It had a film-grain filter set over the whole video.
The song was very folksy/indie sounding with an acoustic guitar and their voices and that was pretty much it. The song had a very reminiscent vibe which made the old film-grain filter on the video seem more appropriate. One thing I have to say about the video is that I was jealous of the horse that Wendy was riding on and the bench she was sitting on and everything that she touched pretty much. And I was mostly jealous of Eric Nam for being so close to Wendy. Damn you, Eric Nam and your amazing voice! Overall though the song had a very light feeling to it that made you think of good times. The video however didn't make me think of Spring, it actually made me think of Fall more than anything. But what can you do.
So, now that week 4 of SM Station has finally been released, did you enjoy seeing Wendy and Eric Nam together in a video? Which SM Station has been your favorite so far? Who do you think is next up for SM Station? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you so much for supporting me and reading these posts. I know they are boring. Anyway, thanks a bunch.
So as it turns out, there are like 4 new music videos that I have to check out but I figure the best place to start is with Shannon. Shannon is a British Korean that is a secondary character in Moorim School. She released the song Why Why last year that reached great heights but maybe due to some other releases around the time, didn't get the recognition it deserved. So I'm glad she's back. A friend and I were just talking about how Shannon needed a comeback soon, well I guess we got it.
So I'm just going to skip over the video portion because it was just a video of her singing.
The song was really beautiful. Something I expected from Shannon, however this song sounded more like an OST song, like a ballad for a drama. It sounded less like Shannon and more like a ballad meant for a drama. That didn't mean that the song was bad though. It was a very lovely song that expressed many of her unique vocal abilities. It had a wide range of tones and she captured that essence very well. The song, however, wasn't to my complete liking. I enjoyed the song and will probably add it to my playlist, but I felt myself looking and checking to see how much longer was left on it. That's probably not a good thing.
So that's my music video review. Hope you enjoyed it! I have 3 additional music video reviews I need to do so just do me the favor of following me.
See ya in the next review. It turns out the two Mamamoo music videos were just like a documentary type. So I won't be doing reviews on those songs. Sorry.
Hani and Solji from EXID released their new music video Only One. I'm excited for this because I need me some EXID and I especially need me some Solji! EXID are a five member girl group that debuted about a year and a half ago, maybe it's been longer. The members are Hani, Solji, LE, Junghwa, and Hyerin. Many of their releases thus far have sounded very similar to their first release called Up & Down. Let's hope they change it up a little.
Wow! The video was really creative. The entire video was done as a screen share from a phone. The last time that was done was Nine Muses' song Yes or No, and that song was just an Instagram feed. This video however, utilized many different platforms such as Kakao and Facebook. I enjoyed the video because it caught my attention really well.
The song was really pretty. It sounded different than EXID's other stuff, however it kind of sounded like Goodbye by Dasoni (Hani and Solji's group prior to EXID along with past member Dami). The song was a bit refreshing though especially for EXID. I'm glad they did this song.
What did you think of the video? Did you like it? Was that style of music video new to you, or had you seen it before? Would you want to see more videos like this one?
That's my review of Hani and Solji's music video “Only One”. Hope you enjoyed it and I hope you will continue to support me and follow me on my social media accounts.
Jimin of AOA is making her debut right now! I'm excited to see what she does with this opportunity. Her new music video Call You Bae features Xiumin of Exo. The teaser looked really cute and Jimin of course looked really cute. Jimin is known for her appearance on Unpretty Rapstar and for being sort of a potty mouth when it came to her raps. So I guess we'll see what she does in this video. I doubt she'll swear though because it's still under FNC Entertainment.
The music video was really cute. At the beginning, they were listening to I'm Jelly Baby by AOA Cream. Tricky advertising, FNC. It just seemed like the concept was her and Xiumin going on a date. There were emojis throughout the entire video and I don't know if they were supposed to express the moods of each person because they didn't really match, but it was still really cute and caught your attention. At the very end of the video, Jimin was trying to do some sexy poses in her red sweater, but couldn't stop laughing. She really is too cute.
The song was really light and airy feeling. It had a good vibe to it and Xiumin's vocals were killer as well. I was a little disappointed that Jimin didn't rap as fiercely as she usually does but maybe that's because this song is so light. She usually has this drive in her voice that attacks you. Her rapping this time was more melodic and was trying to fit into a category it seemed. Overall though, it was a really good and catchy song and FNC probably won't upload it to Spotify knowing my luck.
That was a great music video. What did you all think? Did you like it? What are your thoughts for Jimin and her newly found solo career? Let me know your thoughts and comments below. Also, don't forget to follow me on social medias.
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WJSN or Cosmic Girls is a new girl group debuting under Starship Entertainment, the same company that upholds Sistar. I personally don't know anything about this group. I haven't been following them pre-debut. I actually didn't realize the video for Mo Mo Mo had come out yet, so sorry for the delay on this review. So, I have nothing more to say, so I'll jump right in a check out the video.
First off, there are 12 girls in this group? I hate to say it but that's too many. Where do all of them fit into the song? At least with Exo, they were split into sub units Exo-K and Exo-M. The video is very bright and colorful for the most part. There are a couple of dimmer scenes but they were still ridiculously bright. The video seemed to be about an astronaut that is being treated the same or similar to the Lion from Lion Heart. He eventually pulls out a giant crane and captures all the girls. The video was very early Girls' Generation-esque.
The song was rather addicting. I'm going to keep my eyes on these girls because they are really good. The song had an 80s vibe to it with some cool modern effects such as glitch effects like heard in a lot of dubstep. I'm still curious as to where each member would take part in a song like this with that many members. Either way, the song was really good. It utilized many elements from the 80s but also included a great production that was definitely more modern.
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