Red Velvet is back with a new music video “Would U” for the initial release of season 2 of SM Station. I'm extremely excited for this video because I love Red Velvet and can't get enough of my 5 lovely girls. “Would U” marks the first episode for a second season of SM Station. The first season was incredibly successful so let's hope some awesome collaborations come out of season 2. As for ways to start off a season, I think Red Velvet is one of the best choices.
The music video had a simplistic concept based around a girl who falls in love with the intrigue of a mysterious man. Irene is the only member of Red Velvet who appears in the music video as she is the girl who is attempting to discover the secrets behind this man. The video is split up into 4 separate Acts with Act 4 being “Would U”, meaning “Would you marry me?” which I find strange considering they only met like 5 minutes earlier.
The song was even more simplistic than the music video. The beat was a clean, slow beat derived from R&B influences. The vocals throughout the song were reminiscent of The Velvet and songs like “Automatic” and “Be Natural”. Overall the song was quite impressive, but honestly not what I was expecting from Red Velvet for the startoff song for a second season of SM Station. However, these statements are not intended to be negative in any form. I loved the song as I do Red Velvet and can't wait for more releases through SM Station.
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Jenyer also known as Jiyoon of 4Minute has made her comeback collaboration with Samuel Seo. If you guys didn't know, Jiyoon took the alias Jenyer and released her debut music video a little while back. This song she released a little while ago is called “Cliché” and I'm hoping it's anything but that.
It definitely wasn't cliché because the video was about uniformity and how that kills creativity and imagination. The video was an animation about a cat that is a leader that demands uniformity. He wants everyone to look like him and do the things he's doing so he puts everyone through a machine that makes them the same. Samuel Seo as an animated fish comes in, flooding the theater where everyone is located and brings their originality back.
The song was kind of jazzy with some rock influences tied in there. It was rather soothing and had a nice flow and rhythm to it. I don't know who Samuel Seo is but his vocals added a nice presence to the song with Jenyer's flow and harmony contrasting it in a very good way. Jenyer has a way of stealing my heart without even being on screen. Her voice takes from my heart and promises to never give any back. However I'm okay with her taking from me because if that means hearing her more often putting out quality music like this then take all you want!
I hope you enjoyed my review of “Cliché” by Jenyer and Samuel Seo. I really enjoyed watching the video and hearing the music. Let's not be uniform but original. Keep checking out my reviews and various other content on my website. Thank you for doing that and I'll see ya in the next one.
Apparently Girl's Day is back and I know that Matt Cleary of CarKpop is flipping out right now. I personally don't know too much about them. I've watched them for one comeback and that was “Ring My Bell” which was a decent song. Today they released “I'll Be Yours”, their official comeback that has been pushed back for almost six months for various reasons. I'm excited to see this and I'm excited to see CarKpop's reaction to this video as well.
Honestly I didn't understand anything in the video until the very end. The music video takes place in a kick boxing arena which is a strange place for a girl video. But the entire time, one of the boxers was dominating the ring, until one of the members walks in and destroys him right on the spot. The video was very aesthetically pleasing.
Now for the song. The song was more like their old style from what I've heard of their older music. It had a soulful, powerful, vocal focused style to it. My favorite part of the entire song though was the second chorus when they brought in that electric guitar. That was phenomenal. What else can I say about this wonderful track besides that it will be stuck in my head for a while after this.
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IU is back with another song. This one “Through the Night” was released just about a day ago, so I'll try to get this uploaded in a reasonable time. IU is a beautiful musician that definitely deserves more recognition, especially from myself. “Through the Night” will be my starting point to get to know this beautiful and talented artist.
The music video was really pleasant. It had a very old timey feel probably due to the fact that the music video had many relics of the past in it such as old tape recorders, ink-dipped pens, and letters to loved ones. The whole video was IU being bored, probably waiting for a letter from her loved one. At the end of the video, we see her writing a letter and sending it off. She stands at the window with lightning bugs filling up the tree outside. The entire atmosphere of the video reminded me of the Korean film The Classic when the main girl and guy are writing letters to each other.
As for the song, it also had an old sound to it. The entire song used a guitar and her voice which is a beautiful, raw expression of sound by IU. The slow finger picked style of the guitar playing was reminiscent of classic music and almost sounded traditional in presence. IU has a uniquely rough, but gentle voice that penetrates the track and takes shelter in the listeners' head. This is one of the things I love most about IU. She is soft and gentle, but powerful in more ways than people tend to think. She is overlooked because she's not a powerhouse vocalist, but she definitely deserves much more attention. Plus, I mean, she's cute.
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Monsta X is back with their title track “Beautiful”. Monsta X has been killing it lately with their various releases and it seems like everyone is jumping into the deep concepts lately. I don't mind it thought to be honest. I love myself some Monsta X and am excited to check out this video.
The music video was interesting. I know that this video is supposed to connect to the previous 2 concept videos they did. Honestly though, I don't know what this concept is about. The aesthetics were incredible though. All of them looked so good and my favorite part of the music video was when the screen went black and white and they flipped off their suit coats. That entire section was so well done and I can't wait to see live performances of that.
I love Monsta X. I think I said that already, but this song tops all the other songs they've done up to this point. This song is incredible. The track is heavily influenced by EDM and House music as well. Most of the song is incredibly lit but the vocals are somehow soft in this song which is amazing. The way their vocals blend together in the chorus is just brilliant and the drop isn't annoying which is a plus on their part. Overall I just absolutely loved this song.
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I didn't know that J-Min was signed to SM Entertainment. J-Min is a solo artist that has done some OSTs in the past and is well-known for her ballad music style. Yesterday, or the day before, she released a new song “Alive” through SM Entertainment's YouTube channel. I've already listened to the song, but I'll add my thoughts and opinions about the song anyway.
The music video was about wanting to reverse time. A girl is embraced by her lover. An hourglass ticks away the moments. The lover walks away leaving the girl heartbroken. A light burns out. The theme from this music video is quite simple, but extraordinarily beautiful. Of course there are scenes of J-Min singing with her piano player in the background. A lot of the video has a dark filter and a sort of illuminary effect on the camera causing everything to seem blurry and over-saturated with light.
First off, I love J-Min's voice. She has a very distinct voice that is easily recognizable whenever she sings, especially when she sings high notes. I love the way her voice sounds when she sings with power and emotion. The song is a very moving song and isn't like many ballads in that the focus isn't strictly on vocals, but the spotlight is shared with the instrumentals. There is an enormous instrumental break between the first chorus and the second verse. This is so well done, that everything after that is intensified. Good job SM for putting this song out and most of all, having J-Min sing it. I know many other SM artists could easily master this song, but having J-Min do it, makes it her own.
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This is it! Pristin, also once known as Pledis Girlz finally makes their long-awaited debut with the song “Wee Woo”. Like many of my previous reviews, I haven't watched any teaser videos or anything. I try to keep the mystery and hype up by never listening to teaser tracks.
I think they are witches. The music video didn't have any solid ground to stand on except for the fact that they might be witches. Honestly, nothing really connected in the video. However, they seemed to be trying to pull a Twice with having each girl have a special attribute or trait to go along with them. There was also some Red Velvet stuff in there as well with the part where they trash the laundry room (similar to “Dumb Dumb” by Red Velvet when they destroy the office area). Maybe I'll have to rewatch it a couple of times to really understand what was going on.
The song was really catchy and high energy. There were some droning parts that reminded me a lot of WJSN's “Catch Me” which is something I love. Honestly I think these girls have great potential and can head in a great direction if their company utilizes them correctly. I lost count of how many girls there were by the way.
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Rap Monster of Bighit Entertainment's BTS collaborates with American rapper, Wale. Their song is entitled “Change” as if maybe to ignite some change in the world. I don't know. I haven't seen or heard anything about this collaboration until earlier today. Rap Monster is my bias wrecker in BTS and a phenomenal rapper, so I'm excited to see this collaboration.
The music video seemed to be focusing on the progess of technology. A scene that really grabbed my attention was the guy sitting in a chair wrapped up in wires. Towards the beginning of the video, there was a guy sitting at a desk using an old Macintosh computer and then later, a couple of people were caught up with VR headsets.
The song was kind of old school jazz feeling but with heavy beats to contrast that soft oldies feeling with a modern style. Each person took a rap. Rap Mon took the first shot and then a chorus then followed by Wale with his verse. The part of this song that intrigued me a bunch was that ending bridge part. The instrumentals were sort of droning but they were doing a call and response type of rapping. It made for a great song and quite a unique video.
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LOOΠΔ 1/3 is a sub unit of LOOΠΔ that consists of a third of the members of the official group that is scheduled to debut in October later this year. LOOΠΔ 1/3 made their debut earlier today as a sub unit with their song “Love & Live” with featured members being Hee Jin, Hyun Jin, Ha Seul and new member Vi Vi. So far I've enjoyed every one of their releases but we haven't seen anything from Vi Vi yet, so I'm really excited to see her in action.
The music video itself wasn't anything special but with LOOΠΔ you have to expect a little more. The concept of the video was a ralley race the girls were training for, but the new member Vi Vi was actually a robot or an android that had to charge its battery every little while. At the very end of the music video, Vi Vi runs out of juice and basically shuts down in the middle of a road. The battery pack then lights up with the words “Love & Live”. I thought the video was creative enough to have my attention through the entire thing.
Honestly, this song sounded like something that would be on the K-drama Boys Over Flowers. The melody and the instrumentation gave that away as being something that would be in the popular K-drama. I don't know why they auto-tuned Hee Jin's voice because she has a very capable voice, but I still think the best voice in the group so far is Ha Seul, not just because she's my bias. Vi Vi was also an excellent singer and I can't wait for her official solo pre-debut track to come out.
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Got7 is back with what I believe is their final installment in the Flight Log series. With that comes a new music video for their comeback track “Never Ever” for which I haven't watched any teasers or anything. If any of you have followed me for a while, you know that I don't watch teasers anymore due to the fact that I want to go into the music video comeback unspoiled. Got7's previous comeback songs for the Flight Log series were both phenomenal. “Fly” and “Hard Carry” were both extremely gripping songs that hooked the listener with each movement of the song. Let's find out if “Never Ever” is the same.
Before I get into the music video portion, I don't know the members' names very well, so if I make a mistake, please correct me because I don't know who I'm talking about but I have a slight idea. With that, the music video had a definite finality feeling throughout. A large portion of the video was shot with a white backdrop, kind of giving me the idea of a hospital. With “Hard Carry”, the members were at a crash site and it seemed like everyone was either dead and Jinyoung was trying to survive or something along those lines. This video had a very afterlife or hospital vibe to it. In the end, Jinyoung wakes up with the scene still white which gives me the feeling that he either died or woke up in a hospital.
The song was a lot slower paced than the last two songs. And the chorus had a sort of glitch effect being used throughout which sounded cool because it was borderline dubstep but not quite the same as dubstep. Lines seemed distributed pretty fairly, although I could be completely wrong with that, but here's to hoping.
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