I feel like it’s been forever since we’ve had a comeback from Gfriend. Gfriend is a six member girl group that always surprises me, but still remains grounded to their style and sound. They are a fantastic girl group that always knows how to rock and how to dance. Honestly, Gfriend is one of the best dancing groups and I love to see what they do each time they release new music.
“Time for the Moon Night” is their latest comeback and it seems that they have rebranded themselves. They have a new logo that is more stellar and cosmos related than flowery. Without having watched any teasers, it seems like the imagery for this video is darker, not in a Dreamcatcher sort of tone but rather like a sexier, more shadow-filled era.
It is rather apparent to me that this music video is about reliving the good times with friends. Whether it be in your memory or in real life, it’s important to cherish the moments you have. Friendship is so important in this life and we need to relive those memories from time to time even if we all go our separate ways, it is crucial to keep those moments.
The reason why I felt this way about the video is because there were various scenes where the girls were alone. Eunha wandered the fields, Yuju in the woods, Umji at the playground, Sowon on the bus, Yerin with the cassette recorder, and SinB walking along a road. There was a point in time where each girl was alone and sad looking. But when they relived those memories, their sadness vanished.
On top of all of this, it seemed like there were hints back to other videos of theirs. I couldn’t catch all of them, but I’m pretty sure paper airplanes, fish, cassette recorder, and plenty of fields were included in past videos. I didn’t quite catch what Yuju dropped in the woods, but I’m assuming that had some connection to a past video.
When the song began, in the first moments, I knew that this was a different type of song for Gfriend. Even the atmosphere of the song was different. It’s new and fresh. I like it. But it did have a melancholy tone throughout. It felt as if it was a song to reminisce on the past.
There were never any archetypal Gfriend qualities. Nothing that stood out as being the traditional Gfriend we have come to know and love. This does not mean that I don’t think this will be a successful song. On the contrary, I believe this song will have greater success than the songs that came before it because it is an escape from the traditionally and stereotypically girl group sounding songs. It has made its way from being a cutesy song about love and joy to being a mature, powerful track about looking back and not forgetting.
What did you think of Gfriend’s latest comeback “Time for the Moon Night”? Do you think it will have better success than previous Gfriend songs? What do you think makes this song a great contender for award shows and competing against songs from other groups? Thank you for supporting me. Be sure to support these lovely girls and all they do. I appreciate all your love and I’ll see you in my next review.
Amber is back again with “Three Million Year”. She is doing a hell of a job promoting her mixtape. Well, this is the fifth music video to come from Rogue Rouge so I will be doing a review snippet instead of a regular full fledged review.
What a cute video. Amber and her friends put together a cheap video about love and the feeling of love. It was a fun video with more done in post production than in the actual filming. I will say I laughed when the camera zoomed in on the guitarist. What a good bunch of friends she has.
I think I say this every time but Amber’s voice is so good. She has a beautiful singing voice and I’m glad she’s focusing more on that than rapping. The song is a simple, clean guitar song that has a little pop but is mostly calm and laid back.
What did you think of Amber’s fifth music video? This video was really cute and reminded me of some videos I’ve seen before done in this style. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Be sure to give Amber some love. Thanks again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Berrygood Heartheart is a new subunit from Berrygood. To say I know a lot about Berrygood would be a lie so I definitely don’t know anything about Berrygood Heartheart. I can’t even tell how many of the original members are in this from the thumbnail because it’s a girl holding a letter. The image is looking down at the letter. Well, “Crazy, Gone Crazy” is the debut from this subunit. I feel like 2018 is going to be the year for subunits.
Not quite sure what happened in the video but it felt like they were keeping a secret between the three of them. There was whispering and phone calls. It all felt very secretive. The video was supposed to take place in the past as seen from the record player, the letter sealer, candles, and other things that aren’t really used as much. There was a ton of symbolism in the video as well but I am really bad at catching onto what’s being shown.
The beat of the song had a 90s R&B vibe. It was very reminiscent of that style. The song was extremely sultry and smooth. I think this is a vocal subunit because I’ve said before that Berrygood has amazing vocals but they haven’t really displayed them as much. This song though has some great vocal riffing. The overall tone of the song had something sinister about it. Like I said, it seems like there are secrets about that they don’t want us to know about.
What did you think of “Crazy, Gone Crazy” by Berrygood Heartheart? Which style do you prefer from Berrygood? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for your support. I appreciate it. Please support Berrygood so we don’t lose another fantastic girl group. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
What’s up everyone. I’m back. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been trying to add more content into each of my review posts to give you more of an idea of what is going on in my head. I’m trying to keep it fuller and more in depth but I can’t always do that. For a while, my Quick Reviews section has been for reviewing multiple music videos in one post which I will continue to do. However, I’m hoping to stay up to date for the most part so I hopefully won’t need that section quite as much. I still hope to utilize that section of my website, so if I come across a video of a group I don’t know as much or they’ve had several comebacks in a short while, like Amber, then I’ll post a shorter review just outlining the general idea of what is going on. I won’t start that right now, but I wanted to let you all know that’s going to happen. I might not call them Quick Reviews. I may change it to Short Reviews or maybe I’ll change Quick Reviews to something else, but I’m just letting you all know.
With all that being said, I am going to review “Right Now” from Amber. This is her fourth music video from Rogue Rouge and I’m stoked because each video has been its own thing. No two videos have been alike and not one of her videos looked like it was rushed or given less attention than any other. Amber is a brilliant mind and with brilliant minds comes attention to details. She definitely gives that when working with music and videos.
In Amber’s fourth music video from her recent mixtape Rogue Rouge, we see a relationship, a happy relationship deteriorate. It falls apart completely in front of our eyes. Throughout the video, it flashes between the happy moments and the hurtful words. In the end, we see the girl walking out the door with a packed bag.
I liked the fact that the entire music video was black and white. It gives a sort of reminiscing feeling. The simple filter creates a sort of filter on what we think we understand about what’s going on. Almost like looking back on something, the filter makes us believe that this is a past event. They have already broken up. While it convinces us that it is in the past, we feel like we are there with this couple in the moments of separation.
Along with the black and white, there was a cool set of sequences where Amber and Gen Neo were shown on screen. The illusion they created was a montage of all the moments in this relationship. This was done by flashing between moments and that bridge between all these moments which was the double exposure moments of Amber and Gen Neo. There was one particular moment that was especially neat which was when Gen Neo became silhouetted and turned into Amber. It’s an easy trick but it was effective here.
The overall tone of the song was quite emotional and very heartfelt. I believe that Amber truly poured her heart into this track as much as any other song on her mixtape, but honestly this song felt like a cheesy 90s R&B song. It was a lot better done, but that’s still what it felt like. Even the echo vocals in the chorus were reminiscent of the 90s R&B scene.
Like I said, this song was good, but it was too familiar. However, the reason it was better was because the R&B scene was overly emotional with the lyrics and with their singing voice. Amber and Gen Neo work well together though. Their voices compliment each other. Amber is a very emotional singer, but it wasn’t overdone.
Finally, the lyrics, even though I didn’t grasp everything that was being said, were mainly about trying to resolve an issue in a relationship. Amber sings about needing this other person right now. It is stereotypical but like I said before, it was well done. Not overdone. The relationship was falling apart. Amber seems to notice that, but wants to resolve it before it ends.
What did you think of Amber’s fourth music video release “Right Now”? Which video was your favorite? For me personally, I liked “High Hopes” because of the smoke scenes. I honestly love smoke scenes so much. Let me know which was your favorite Amber music video. Thank you so much for the support but also please go give Amber some love as well. I appreciate all you do for me and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Thank you so much. I’ll see you in my next review.
How many of my followers know that I’m a MeU? Can you guess who my bias is? Well it’s not the person whose video I reviewing today but Krystal is my bias. Today, I will be reviewing Luna, the Queen Vocalist of Kpop, and her video for “Night Reminiscin’”. I see that the video is featuring another artist but I don’t know who it is. From what I understand, it is an artist named Yang Da-il. Anyway, I hope this collaboration is good because I, like many of the MeU, have been starving for some Luna.
For those of you who are new to this game, Luna is one of four members, formerly five members, of the girl group under SM Entertainment called f(x). They debuted back in 2009 and have had four full length albums. They are completely underrated but not by the fans. No, the fans would never let f(x) down but the company they are contracted under sees things a little different. Many of the members have conflicting schedules that prevent the girls from getting together and making new music. Maybe it’s f(x) as a whole that is letting themselves down. We know for a fact that Luna and Amber still long to create music. In fact, Amber just released her mixtape on Soundcloud not too long ago. Now we get part two of Luna’s solo musical career.
In the music video for Luna’s first comeback as a solo artist, we are greeted by the image of Luna lying in bed with thoughts running through her head. She is unable to fall asleep, so she leaves her bed for a drink of water. At one point in the video, Luna tries lying on the floor but can’t fall asleep so she eventually returns to her bed to try again to sleep.
Some elements of the video that added an interesting effect were first and foremost, the fog on the floor of her apartment. Fog creates a dreamlike effect that makes Luna unsure if she’s conscious or deep in sleep. There are scenes that show her floor with and without fog to possibly represent her confusion about where she is. I’m almost positive she is in a dream throughout the entire video.
A point that is made through the whole video is that this apartment she is living in doesn’t have any walls or it appears to have no walls. There is one definite wall structure in her apartment which is where her window resides, but the only time we really see the window as being affixed to a wall is in the zoomed in shots of her in bed with flashes of light coming in through said window.
The video is called “Night Reminiscin’” so it obviously gives off the message that she is remembering something important but we never see or know what it is she’s looking back on. There are clues, I believe but never a definite answer. For example, she’s staring at the glass of water longingly. When she’s leaving her bed, she stops and turns to the direction she came from as if she saw something from her past. These clues help me understand what is going on. It’s unclear, sort of how dreams tend to be unclear.
Soft Jazz piano welcomes the listener into the song. A few seconds in and we already know that this song is not a song featuring a special artist but rather a duet between Luna and this male singer. The song builds and climaxes then returns to the soft, calm sound with which it started.
The tone of the song seems to me to be a Call and Response meaning that whenever Luna sings something into the track, someone who is not present in the video, responds in a way. I think not featuring the male singer in the video was intentional to give the illusion of reaching out for something that is not there. Luna spends the entire video, in a dreamlike state, calling out to a past lover who is not there. But maybe in her head, she hears his voice call back and match her words. I like this idea of back and forth created in a situation where there is only one individual. It could be a romance gone too soon, or it could be a woman on the brink of lunacy.
Luna is honestly one of those voices I instantly recognize and every time she sings, I yearn for more from her because each song she sings with the amount of emotion and power she sings, is never enough. It’s a shame that SM feels the need to attach her to a bunch of EDM songs with little need for vocal variation. She deserves more. I’m glad she finally made a comeback, and especially with a ballad because her powerful vocals give me goosebumps every time.
What do you think? What do you think is happening in this video? Is Luna dreaming or awake? What did you think of the video? Let me know all your thoughts in the comment section. Please be sure to give love and support to Luna because she deserves it and I’d love to see her make another comeback quicker this time than last. Thank you so much for all your support and appreciation. I am so grateful for all of you. I’ll see you in my next review.
When it comes to Kpop, I usually steer towards the girl groups because I’m a guy and liking a group of beautiful women as opposed to handsome men doesn’t seem as weird. I’m not saying I don’t like boy groups but I tend to drift more towards the female groups. I find myself intrigued by groups with quirky concepts or powerful vocals hidden under the facade of quirky music styles. There are very few groups that I am 100% devoted to that are the stereotypical adorable girl groups.
One of those groups is Lovelyz, an eight member group that dwells on their cute personalities spilling over into the musical aspect. The instrumentals in their songs tend to be heavy electronic beats with an almost bit crusher sound. As I review “That Day” by this wonderful group, I will try to keep in mind the various video features as well as the members and which is singing where. On top of that, I will attempt to keep an open eye for the concept and any hidden meanings I might find.
First things first, the color and brightness of this video is amazing. Woollim always does such a good job at color grading and making their videos look fantastic. Every scene had brilliant colors that almost smacked the viewer in the face.
From what I gathered from watching the video a couple of times is that everyone in the group is looking forward to this “D-Day” which is the 23rd, also today. At the beginning of the video, we see Yein staring at a drink, Baby Soul looking at a ticket, Mijoo sitting alone and Jin holding a bundle of balloons. As the video progresses, Yein drinks, Baby Soul takes the ticket, and movement starts to happen in the video.
At this point in the video, a traffic signal we see at the beginning changes from “Don’t Walk” to “Walk”, signaling the time for movement. I think it was Jiae, drops her ice cream and Jin lets go of the balloons. At the conclusion of the video, we see all the members together, enjoying each other’s company.
I’m not entirely sure the meaning behind this video but it seems to be talking about the anticipation in waiting for something to happen. It is sort of reminiscent of “Now, We” in that that music video had some of the girls waiting for something to happen. This video, in contrast, had a lot more of the “go ahead” timing whereas in “Now, We”, the message was more along the lines of “just go for it”.
Continuing their legacy, Lovelyz bring us another bright, colorful, and happy song for their 2018 comeback. The song starts out with a sort of groove and only picks up from there. Of course, we are introduced into an electronic Pop jam as Lovelyz almost always flawlessly delivers. I won’t dwell too much on the instrumentals because they were there, they backed the vocalists and did their job. There wasn’t anything extraordinary about the track. It is nice to hear songs that are a bit different from anything else in Kpop but again, it’s nothing bizarre.
From what I could tell, it seemed each member received a sufficient amount of lines. I think maybe Jin and Jiae were the exception but not by much. All of their vocals were perfect by my ears. I’m sure someone with perfect pitch and a hard on could find something wrong but I thought they sounded perfect.
As for the comparison of this song to other past Lovelyz songs. I would say this is my favorite. It’s not anywhere near my favorite but I do enjoy it a bit more than “WoW!” and “Now, We”. Those songs were very reminiscent but the issue with songs looking back is sometimes, the artist relies on that familiarity. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, much like the video was conveying.
What are your thoughts on the video? Do you agree with what I came up with? If you disagree, I’d love to hear your opinion on what was happening in the video. Did you enjoy this song more or less than other Lovelyz songs? Let me know all your thoughts in the comment section. I would like to let you all know how appreciative I am of all of you. Each one of you makes me want to keep writing and blogging my thoughts about Kpop and music in general, so thank you. If you have any non Kpop videos you’d like me to check out, leave them in the comment section as well. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Vixx but I will say I’m pretty excited about this comeback because well, it’s new music. Vixx is one of those groups I like but can’t grasp onto. I know their music, but nothing really sticks out to me. I think “Error” was their best example of great music, but let’s hope “Scentist” does something to my ears.
In the music video for “Scentist”, it appeared that Vixx was concocting some liquid that had some effect. I’m wondering if it was a youth serum because there was a kid in the video. The video took place in a white room with bottles of the red liquid on shelves. One of the members was at a piano with pumps of the liquid going into the piano. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be.
At the beginning of the song, we here a soft, subtle wave of synths coming in and for the most part, the overall vibe of the song is really calm and smooth. From the introduction to the verse, the build up and even the drop is really smooth. Smooth like a certain liquid? I will say I enjoyed this song more than some of their recent comebacks. I know everyone is going to hate me for this, but I didn’t really like “Chained Up”.
Anyway, what did you think? Did you enjoy the video? What are your theories about the concept of the video? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you so much for the support. Be sure to give your love and support to Vixx as well. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
I’m doing something a little bit different. I have a list of songs I need to review and I check them off, usually in order. If I have similar artists then I’ll review those artists together, but I have been dying to check out Hyoyeon’s solo debut as a DJ. I’ve heard only good things about it and I’m ready to be impressed. I’ll just do a review of the Korean version. I’ll check out the English version on my own, but considering this site is for international music, I think reviewing a song in Korean is more crucial than reviewing the same song in English.
I don’t know what to say about this video. It was impressive. We see a bunch of girls who are hung up about their body image and decide to throw flares into the night sky. I’m not sure why they were tossing flares, but maybe it’s a symbolism for them not caring anymore what people have to say about them. I understand why the video rating was 19+ but it could have been lowered a little because it’s honestly just a couple flashes of girls in underwear. Public TV shows that all the time. It’s called Victoria’s Secret. I will say, I’ve always loved Hyo’s dance style. She has an aggressive street style but here we saw her dancing a little bit of Salsa, it looked like. One thing I’m happy about is Hyo moving from Hip Hop to EDM.
It’s not that I don’t like Hyo’s rapping, but I like her singing voice much better than her rapping voice. Her rapping got a little annoying for me, to be completely honest. I liked the song she produced. It has great potential. I see people in the comments saying this is the best song ever, and while it’s a great song, I sadly disagree. It’s not the best song and I know Hyo could do even better, but it is a good song for first production. I will give her that much. I enjoyed the distorted guitar sounds she used for the build up of the song and the synth effects and sounds were perfect. I think the build up after the verse and into the chorus was a bit choppy but besides that point, I liked the song.
What did you think? Did you love Hyo’s first single as a DJ? What are your thoughts about Hyo promoting as a DJ instead of a rapper? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me. I noticed the views are low for the videos, so please go support Hyo in her new endeavors. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Are you serious? Drunken Tiger is back? I haven’t heard anything from Drunken Tiger for maybe about ten years. Drunken Tiger is one of those artists I listened to back in my days of getting into Girls’ Generation but I was listening to old Drunken Tiger at the time. If I’m not mistaken Drunken Tiger features Tiger JK and another artist. And I think after Tiger JK married Yoon Mi Rae, they restarted Drunken Tiger as MFBTY. Either way, it is really cool to see Drunken Tiger do some new stuff.
What a comeback! Drunken Tiger shows that he (Tiger JK) still has it. The music video takes place mostly on a rooftop which eventually shows the destruction of the city or the end of the world. There were some reference points back to old Drunken Tiger and Tiger JK was sporting an MFBTY hoodie. Is this a call for reinvention? Is he recreating his brand?
The song went right in. There was no hesitation at all. What was kind of interesting was the instrumentals sounded like a Lindsey Stirling song but the beat sounded like the build up for a dubstep song. It had so much energy and Tiger JK’s flow is unbelievable. I forgot about how good of a rapper he is. More people should be hailing his name before the rap gods because honestly that was some of the hardest, but seemingly meaningful rapping I’ve seen come out of music in a long time, not just Kpop.
What did you think? Did you enjoy Drunken Tiger’s comeback? Had you heard of Drunken Tiger separate from MFBTY? Thank you for supporting me. Please support Drunken Tiger, Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae, and whoever else is associated with this amazing artist name. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
The moment many Onces were looking forward to is finally here. Twice is back with their 5th mini album and a title song accompanying it. The song “What is Love” should be a banger because, let’s face it, JYP doesn’t mess around, especially with his star group.
“What is Love” centers around a television where each of the members play important roles. There are several characters portrayed but the only one I know for sure is Mia from Princess Diaries. It is similar to “Cheer Up” in the fashion that each girl represents a different famous character in cinema but I still don’t know all of them. The way the scenes for the choreography were set up were similar to “Heart Shaker” and the song actually was very similar as well to “Heart Shaker”.
The song had that upbeat tune that gets everyone up and dancing. Like I mentioned, it sounds an awful like “Heart Shaker” but that’s okay because like the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” meaning that Twice and JYP have something very powerful going, why change it up too much. That’s how Pop music becomes so popular, is through this repetitive style that gets stuck in people’s heads.
What did you think of the song? I personally loved it as Twice’s Merry & Happy is my favorite Twice album so far. If this song sounds similar, then it’s a good thing. Thanks for your support. Be sure to give Twice your love as well. Thank you so much for everything and I’ll see you in my next review.
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