It took a little bit for Shannon's music video for “Hello” to be released but it is finally here. Shannon is a British Korean pop star with a unique voice. She's known for being British. Songs she has released in the past are songs like “Why Why” and “Daybreak Rain”. She released her second mini album a couple days ago entitled “Hello” but there was no music video release to go along with it until now.
I'm not sure I fully understand the video but it seemed to be about the future. Shannon from the future traveled through a time warp and possibly her dreams. I wonder if her bed was similar to the T.A.R.D.I.S? Her bed may be the time traveling device. When the video wasn't trying to confuse us with a story, it focused on Shannon dancing with a man in a room with a hanging fluorescent cube.
The song had a very ambient sound while remaining sort of aggressive with a hard beat at the same time. The chorus was extremely powerful and actually sounded a lot like Ailee. Ailee and Shannon are very similar in my mind. Another thing that stood out to me was there was a ton of English in the song. It was like an American pop song with Korean thrown in here and there similar to how K-pop songs are Korean songs that intertwine English phrases in here and there. It was interesting to hear a K-pop artist using that much English in a title track that wasn't meant for American release.
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When is the last time you heard any news about After School or Orange Caramel? It's been quite some time right? Well, Raina, the leader of Orange Caramel is bringing us a new music video. I don't know if this is a solo debut or a comeback but all I know is I'm thrilled because Raina was always my favorite member of Orange Caramel. Her song is called “Loop” and featurings Aron of the boy group Nu'est!
At first I wasn't sure what was going on in the music video but then it all came clear to me. This music video was playing Inside Out. Meaning that the video had characters controlling the emotions of Raina and there were tiny Aron's controlling Aron's emotions as well until they finally started dating. It's cute and while it's been done before, it's not a common concept.
The song was really vibrant sounding. I don't know how to describe that but the overall style was vibrant and very lively. Along with being vibrant, it was also very cutesy which is expected from Raina. Honestly, it kind of reminded me of a Lovelyz song or a similar collaboration style song like Suzy and Baekhyun or Jimin and Xiumin. Overall, I enjoyed it but maybe not as much as previous collaboration songs.
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I don't know if this is considered a sub unit or what it is but JJ Project came back with “Tomorrow, Today”. JJ Project is a project put out by JYP Entertainment featuring members Jae Bum (JB) and Jin Young (Junior) of Got7. I'm excited about this because I didn't even know they released anything prior to this as a duo. Jae Bum is my bias in Got7 and Jin Young is another favorite member from the group.
There wasn't a whole lot happening in the video but it appeared to be two friends traveling together, just enjoying a vacation when the come to a crossroad and try to decide what should be done. It turns out they decide to move on in separate directions. Throughout the video, there was a lot of driving; through the forest, out in the middle of nowhere. There was puzzles and just hanging out with each other. Jin Young had shaggy black hair with bangs in his eyes which I personally think looks so good. JB had his hair long and parted down the middle.
As for the song, it sounded very ominous and reminiscent. They style of the song and atmosphere and tone were incredibly memorable and passion-filled. This style was great on them, being a rock ballad. I guess that's what happens when you stick two of the greatest vocalists from one of the best groups in K-pop together, you're bound to have success and a great song. Honestly JB and Jin Young are amazing and deserve the best with this release.
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LOONA is a girl group that releases a new member each month. Each month a new member is revealed and debuts with a solo song and also releases a song that features a member from previous releases. LOONA is under Blockberry Creative and so far I think they are doing phenomenal. Last month was Jin Soul with her song “Singing in the Rain” and her animal is a fish. Choerry is the next revealed member and she is debuting with “Love Cherry Motion”. I'm excited to watch this because with each release, the songs get better and better except that no one can seem to beat out Ha Seul.
The music video for “Love Cherry Motion” was a mix of dance performance and story telling although the story was a bit unclear. She went over to Ha Seul's place, they changed and then while playing games, she got tempted and ate a piece of cake with a cherry on top. After that, she was running out to a field with circle mirrors on the ground where her reflection dropped a cherry into her hand. I'm not sure what her animal is because it didn't really show anything or maybe I didn't notice but maybe it's supposed to be a flamingo.
I just looked it up and Choerry's animal is a bat. Maybe I missed it. But the song had an 80s pop style of which I'm a fan. The chorus was unique because of the dubstep style drop but also because the style used in a song like this made it stand out a little. Her whispers along with the Arabian/Egyptian melody reminded me of “Wannabe” by Hyoyeon and Seohyun's whisper part at the end of “Secret” by Seohyun and Yuri.
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Although the time between releases was short, Monsta X came back with a new music video which I assume is part of an album or mini album. The song title “Newton” gives me ideas of what the concept could be but I'm not going to speculate. I will say I'm surprised at how soon this is being released because I think it was just a couple weeks ago since they released “Shine Forever”. However, that being said, “Shine Forever” was simply the release for the repackaged album. What do I expect from this song? Epic, pure skill, and overall talent.
There are so many videos like this one and they always make us feel happy. Happy for ourselves and happy for the members because it appears they are genuinely enjoying themselves. The video style was more a video about friendship and hanging out together, similar to “We Like 2 Party” by Big Bang. The video is half professional and half “handycam” meaning they rigged a professional camera to have the appearance of a camcorder. The group goes on a camping trip and just enjoys themselves.
The song was very upbeat and less of that hard, gritty style and more of an anthem song. I don't know this about the song but I would assume based on the upbeat and happy sound of the song, that it was about friendship and caring for each other. Along with that I will say the whole vibe of the song was 90s boy band pop ballad. My issue with the song is only this; the second rap. I don't know who any of the members are but the second rap felt out of place and almost ruined the entire song for me. The flow was disrupted and the style changed for that 10 or 20 second rap bit. Other than that, I loved the song.
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Guys! I'm so excited for today! I just got off work, hanging out in my apartment, drinking coffee and Dreamcatcher came back! Their music video “Fly High” is their 2nd comeback, 3rd release. Does the video follow the dark and horror concept that the 2 previous videos provided us? I guess we'll just find out but for all good things in the world, I hope it is creepy as hell.
Well the music video was interesting. I think it's possible it was a prequel because all the girls seemed to be present in the human form and I don't think the man (the paranormal investigator) was there at all. What I got from this music video is that there is darkness where unsuspected. My idea of this ties in with the musical style of the song which I'll get into in a minute. One of the girls is touching a mirror which gives us a little clue and two of the members, probably the ones running in “Good Night” were wearing hoods over their heads. What confused me a little at the end was the girls were standing around a portrait while one of the members took a knife and stabbed or carved at the canvas. I wonder what that could mean for future videos.
I was taken aback as for the musical style because I just got used to Dreamcatcher being a J-Rock/Anime intro style group however I was pleasantly surprised when the song was more poppy than the previous two songs. The style was more like an anthem rather than a theme song, if that makes sense. And about the song itself, I really dug the upbeat sound with the tinge of darkness and metal tied in the song. It gave it a good Dreamcatcher feel while providing us with fresh music.
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Laboum is back and honestly I don't know anything about them except they are a girl group. Laboum comes back with “Only U”. I'm excited for this track being my only song I've heard by them is “Hwi Hwi” and I really liked that song.
Laboum is officially back with a summer jam that will put you in a good mood. The video followed the storyline of a girl trying to impress a guy while implementing loads of dancing and fun shenanigans throughout. All the girls were gorgeous as expected but I couldn't find a bias. Maybe this group will take me a minute.
As for the song, there were a few unique qualities present in this song. For one, the bass lines in the build up were amazing, but speaking of build up, the pre-chorus in this song actually lacked a build up. I mean, I knew where it was going because of the chords used but the actually building up of sound wasn't there which was different. Another fun thing is the fact that throughout the entirety of this song, the music and beat and rhythm are all funky and upbeat; fast paced. In the second half of the chorus, they slow things down to half time which is awesome because musical techniques. The half time is really subtle so you might not have caught it the first listen through.
Overall I enjoyed the song, not quite as much as “Hwi Hwi” but it was still memorable. The half time thing reminds me of Sistar's “I Like That” and a song by Sonamoo whose title I cannot remember for the life of me right now.
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The time has finally come! K.A.R.D has officially made their debut with “Hola Hola”. I've been looking forward to this debut for quite a while as every one of their pre-debut songs were incredible. K.A.R.D is slowly moving up my list of favorite girl groups, at least for the newer generation.
The music video was extremely chill. I was so into it I almost forgot what happened. Basically the members of K.A.R.D were out cruising the streets and having a good summer. I don't know who my bias is in this group yet because all of them are amazing. If I had to choose a male bias, it would be B.M because his deep voice is incredible. I think Somin is my female bias in this group but I'm not sure yet.
Of course, as expected, the song was very tropical sounding with that EDM influence always behind it. They have recreated the tropical style and made it their own. I adore that about this group. They have ultimately become their own genre even before they debuted. This group is going to be so successful and it's all because they owned their style rather than attaching onto a popular style and feeding off that sound.
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Exo has returned with a summer song “Ko Ko Bop” which I've heard only good things about. Exo is a 9 member South Korean boy band that was originally made up of 6 Korean singing members and 6 Mandarin singing members respectively Exo-K and Exo-M. I'm pretty psyched for this release even though Exo isn't my favorite group, they are still one to respect for their growth and reach they've made.
Hippy vibes is the only way I can describe this music video. I'm pretty sure through most of the video they were high on something. Their outfits, the entire atmosphere of the video, seemed drug induced. The video took some strange ideas and went with them. I will say they all looked phenomenal but they looked very hippy.
And I guess that makes sense with the style of song they were going for. Exo were venturing into the Reggaton style of music. The question I have for all of the K-pop industry is, when will EDM influenced music stop taking over K-pop? I'm not against EDM, it's just there is so much room for great powerful vocals in the choruses, but instead, you need to build us up musically to a huge drop and drops typically don't have room for vocals. I wish instead of focusing so much on being American top 40 music in the EDM category, create your own unique sound. I think that's what makes BTS, Blackpink, and Twice so successful is that they don't rely on a certain style or classification of music to define them. Yes, BTS is hip hop, Blackpink is badass and Twice is cutesy but they've made their genre their own. End rant.
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I don't know who One is but he just debuted under YG Entertainment. Apparently he's been hyped for a while because people seem to already know about him quite a bit. He debuted, like most YG artists, with 2 songs. “Gettin' By” and “Heyahe” are One's first releases and hopefully they are good like many of YG artists tend to be.
The music video for “Gettin' By” was really chill. It reminded me of a Zico video. There was just a lot of chillin' and hanging out rather than dancing or a lot of movement. I want to say there was symbolism with all the balls and the skateboard, but I can't think of anything. Maybe that life keep moving on even when bad things (the skateboard being run over) happen. The song was pretty chill too and also kind of reminded me of Zico. This kid has flow. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of his singing voice so if he could just be a rapper, I'd like him a lot more.
I don't know if I understood the video for “Heyahe” any better than the first one. It was a bit confusing but I think the idea was a boy that found sexual attraction and was trying to cope with it. I'm probably wrong but that's the vibe I got from the video. The song was a little better and was more along the lines of Jay Park but I still would prefer him to rap. But for debut songs, these were pretty good. I'll keep my eye on him.
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