If there's one thing I love, it's music that is played by the musicians. What I mean by this is rock bands. Day6, FT Island, The Rose, Royal Pirates and many more musicians in k-pop play their own instruments and are therefore called k-rock. There's one band that I never found myself loving which is N.Flying. It's not that I don't like them, but the song that was introduced to me was a song that, at the time, I found a bit obnoxious and hard to listen to. Well, it's been a couple of years since then. Groups change and grow with time. I change as well and I've gotten into more boy related groups whether it be groups or bands or solo artists. I'm definitely more accepting of the male end of the genre. This review is late, but I promised a friend I would review this music video mainly for the fact that I've ignored N.Flying for over 2 years. So here is my music video review for “The Real” by N.Flying.
N.Flying brought us a silly music video about sailors looking for a mermaid. They spent the entire video chasing a mermaid that turned out to be a giant mermaid. At one point, they used a member as bait for the mermaid. The video was really silly though because the colors were bright, the footage was sped up and the part where they sent their friend to his death was comical. This isn't my type of music video personally. I prefer music videos like “Spring Day” by BTS or “Tell Me What to Do” from SHINee. However, I was entertained by the video and I suspect many others were entertained as well.
The video was silly but the song was gritty and was very much a rock anthem. The guitars were distorted and crunchy and the beat was upbeat and fast paced. I think my favorite part of the song itself was the rap breakdown. In American culture, rap and rock are separate things unless you're Linkin Park. So to have that intense rap break was phenomenal. Even a lot of k-pop groups that are bands don't really have raps that go in like N.Flying. That's a feature I like about them as a group.
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There are 2 things that happen when you're subscribed to strictly k-pop channels on YouTube. I mean the channels that are from certain entertainment companies for promoting purpose. When you follow a bunch of companies, you tend to get a lot of the direct content as soon as it's uploaded. Following a music distribution company is interesting because a good thing that comes from that is the new and interesting music from smaller labels that no one has ever heard before. This brings exciting uniqueness to the music I personally listen to. However there is a bad side to this as well. When you subscribe to a distributor, you get all the content from that company including songs from artists that you are subscribed to elsewhere. So for instance, I could get a video from Starship Entertainment and from CJ Music at the same time. Luckily, the artist I'm reviewing today is from a smaller label therefore I only received the one notification but today, I'll be reviewing Lee Ha Rin and her song “A Strange Day”. For those of you who didn't know (me included), she is a former member of the girl group Sugar under SM Entertainment. I'm excited to see this video and I've been putting this video review off for a while now, but I'm here now.
In the music video, it seems that her boy friend passed away and she received the news of it. It's an interesting video because the time passing by seems like it's forever, but I think it's only supposed to be one day. She's crying and laying in bed all day, being sad after she received the news. At the end of the video, the clock rewinds and it shows Lee Ha Rin waking up that morning, unaware of what was headed her way. For most of the video, I actually thought she had received news that she was going to die, but it's still really sad to receive the news that your loved one passed away.
The song starts off with your typical ballad piano. The song moves like any other ballad, but her voice is unique and the melody is beautiful. Many ballads tend to start off with piano and then add in the strings which this song does, but it's layered with synth fills and a powerful but soft drum beat. Also like many ballads, the song marks a key change at the final chorus to bring everything together with more emotion.
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LOOΠΔ is back! They haven't even debuted yet and they are already killing it. In November of 2016, we were introduced to a lovely girl named Hyun Jin and she honestly wrecked our world. Blockberry Creative is going to do it yet again this year with the release of new member Yves. Her name is supposedly pronounced “Eve” like the mother of all humanity. I haven't watched any of the teasers, but I know her concept heavily involves an apple which sounds familiar to a certain Creation story. I'm excited to see how all of these concepts tie together in the end. For now, we have “New” by Yves to keep us gripped in a story about some foreign Loonaverse somewhere else.
I'm not sure where this video has taken us in the Loonaverse, but it has something to do with LOOΠΔ 1/3. ViVi appears in the video towards the end as Yves' skating partner at the roller rink. The video used a lot of imagery including the apple representing Eve in her role for humanity. However, Yves seems annoyed by the apple in the video. She plays a claw machine and wins a prize but it turns out to be an apple. Later in the video, she's seen hitting the apple with a golf club. I want to know how this connects to ViVi's story.
The song reminds me a lot of a couple of the songs by Odd Eye Circle. There is a heavy bass and synth atmosphere within this song. It is dream pop and I love it. I hope this is how her other song sounds because I'm in love with dream pop. It's so eerie and ominous sounding. While Yves appears to be pure, I think the video and style of song would suggest otherwise. Not to say that Yves is a dark character per se but she's not innocent, I don't think.
What did you think of the video? Did you enjoy it? I loved it. Seriously, Blockberry Creative is so brilliant for putting together this project that is becoming LOOΠΔ. This may be one of my favorite LOOΠΔ tracks so far. Please support LOOΠΔ and Blockberry Creative. Like and share this review on social media. Spread the word about LOOΠΔ and about Yves. Thank you for supporting me and I'll see you in my next review.
FNC Entertainment which is known for AOA debuts a new group called Honeyst and from what I understand, they are a boy band, not a group; meaning that they play their own instruments similar to Day6, Royal Pirates, FT Island, and CNBlue just to name a few. I grew up on rock music so I'm always for groups that incorporate the element of self instrumentation. I know FNC is an entertainment company that likes to recruit trainees that can play instruments as well which is why AOA Black came about and you had artists like Juniel who can play guitar and various other instruments.
“Someone to Love” was put together in a really cute way. The story tells of a guy who fell in love with a girl and after years of showing his affection, she accepts his love. At the bottom of the music video, there was a thumbnail of the band that went across a timeline of the story. The only downfall of this video is the fact that I don't understand more Korean because all the context was in Korean. One of my favorite things about this video though was watching the technology change throughout the years. The story began in the 1990s therefore there was Walkmans and such and as time progressed, the technology changed.
I love the style of this song. It's not even what I would classify as rock, but it's more soft rock. An acoustic guitar plays throughout the entire song and is joined by other instruments later on, but for the most part it is a calm acoustic song. The lead singer's voice is amazing. It's so full and rich sounding while pleasant at the same time.
That is what I call a good music video. The tune was happy. The couple was happy. The video was bright. No one got hurt. Well, except maybe the guy the girl left to be with the main guy. Either way, everyone wins. Please support FNC and Honeyst because they are awesome and I can't wait to check out more of their music. Like and share this review on social media. Thank you for showing your support for me. I'll see you in my next review which will hopefully be for Yves of LOONA.
I kept seeing Yellow Bee in my news feed on Twitter and saw they released a music video through CJ Music or Genie so I decided to review them because they look like a cute group. I'm hoping the music video for “Hiccup” is as cute as they are. This is their debut song and they are a small group under a small label. I pray for them.
The music video was really cute. The group consists of 5 members and they all look adorable. Most of the video was them running through some meadows while singing which I'm totally fine with. Smaller companies can't necessarily afford to make big budget music videos so I'm okay with a lower budget cute video. They are all adorable, especially the cute red head girl with her hair tied up in knots on her head.
This song is reminiscent of old k-pop sound. I read through the comments and there were some people that compared this group to Secret which is a huge compliment for Yellow Bee. While there were incredibly warm comments, there were also comments in the video, not attacking the girls, but more the producers of the song because the bass was turned up incredibly high with the vocals and the rest of the track fading into the washed out bass rumble. The mixing wasn't done well but the song itself was really cute and catchy.
Look out for Yellow Bee because they did really well and I can't wait to see where they go from here. Please support this group because Yellow Bee is a group that, if their company doesn't make enough money from this debut, the group could disband. Please support them. Like and share this review on social media. Thank you so much for supporting me and I'll see you in my next review.
I'm excited to review this next video because this group has seriously influenced K-pop in a phenomenal way. There's not much from it yet, but in years to come, people will look back and realize that K.A.R.D started a new trend in K-pop. Their new music video came out like a week ago, but I'm here to review “You in Me” and I haven't even watched it yet because I want my honest first viewing opinions to come through. I feel like when you've watched a video a couple of times, you develop different feelings than the first time watching it. Therefore, I'm waiting on all these videos I review.
At first, the music video for “You in Me” seems normal. Each set is in their own rooms at a hotel called “APEGO”. J.Seph and BM tear it up in their rap lines as usual but about halfway through the video, both males are dead. However the girls, Jiwoo and Somin, stay by their men regardless of them dying. It was at this point that I realized how emotional the song actually is.
It starts off as a chill tropical vibe which is typical for K.A.R.D to do, but the emotion present was deeper than just a song. There was a sort of longing in their voices and in the way the song progressed. I love it when songs move from one thing to another. It shows movement and K.A.R.D did a great job with that in “You in Me”. The song is talking about struggles of loving someone who pushes away. In the song, it seems like BM and J.Seph are pushing away from Somin and Jiwoo, but the girls stay determined to remain with them. “Nothing can take your place”.
What did you think of the music video? While this isn't their catchiest song, it may be one of my favorites because of the emotion dwelling in the song. Please support K.A.R.D and DSP Media. Like and share this review on social media. Comment your thoughts. Thank you for the support and I'll see you in my next review.
BTS is the 7-member boy group from South Korea that is taking K-pop to a whole new level. They won Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, they performed at the American Music Awards, they appeared on several American talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen Degeneres and the most recent, they dropped a music video for a remix of their song “Mic Drop” done by Steve Aoki. With the release of “Mic Drop (Remix)” they've topped the iTunes Top Songs as well as becoming featured on YouTube at the number 1 spot. They are all about breaking records with the help of the wonderful ARMY.
For those of you who have watched “Mic Drop”, what did you think of it? Personally, I thought it was lit. The music video was really well put together. Steve Aoki appears in the music video and seems to be jamming to their song while he mixes it. I'm sure many of you have seen BTS perform “Mic Drop” on Korean television shows. Well, “Mic Drop (Remix)” takes that dance choreography and brings it to fuller life in this music video. It is incredibly well done.
Hopefully you have listened to “Mic Drop” before. The song is reminiscent of older style BTS with the Hip Hop grunge resonating throughout most of the song. Steve Aoki stays true to that song, but adds some different flair to the song including an epic conclusion to the track. So now comes the question: which do you prefer? Pure BTS “Mic Drop” or the Steve Aoki remixed “Mic Drop”? Let me know in the comments.
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Red Velvet holds a special place in my heart as I'm sure is the same with many of you that are reading this. They moved their way up and have found a secure refuge in the chambers of our hearts and bury themselves deeper. Many of us enjoy and love Red Velvet, but for those who are lost or don't necessarily follow Red Velvet as we ReVeLuvs do, Red Velvet is a 5-member girl group under SM Entertainment who debuted in 2014 with their song “Happiness”. At the time, the group consisted of Wendy, Seulgi, Joy and Irene. Yeri, the fifth member and maknae of the group would be placed in at their comeback for “Ice Cream Cake”. Red Velvet consists of two different sides. The first, the Red, is a poppy sound similar to that of “Happiness”. The other side, the Velvet, is a smoother style like “Be Natural”. “Peek-a-Boo” is Red Velvet's comeback today and from reports, this comeback is supposed to mesh the two sounds to create a bond between the Red and the Velvet. Red Velvet is one of my favorite groups of all time and for a good reason. Let's see if they can uphold themselves.
At first glance, I'm not sure what to think of this music video. It seems like the members are chasing a pizza man to perform a séance. Each member wields their own weapon and the entire video is like cat and mouse. They all look stunning of course, but at the end of the video, the pizza guy seemed to have escaped, but when he stops to make a call, the next thing we see is his shirt in a glass box.
The song had a creepy tone to it but while remaining cute and fun. The melody throughout most of the song was indeed creepy, but during the chorus it seemed to smooth itself out with some fun synth notes. When that bass kicks in during the chorus though is incredible. I wasn't expecting that and that took me for a ride. The last thing I'd like to comment on is the ad libs at the end of the song were phenomenal!
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Lovelyz are an 8-member girl group under Woollim Entertainment. They have for years been one of my favorite groups not only because of their absolute cuteness, but also the instrumentals paired with their aegyo and style is undeniably Lovelyz. They typically have an electronic drive behind most of their songs. If not an electronic drive, then a string orchestra backing the vocals. Lovelyz have been on hiatus for a while now so it's exciting to see them come back for their album Fall in Lovelyz with their title track “Twinkle”.
For “Twinkle” by Lovelyz, we get an over exposed video full of bright whites that nearly blind, but it's what cutesy and innocent girl groups are known for. Throughout most of the video, the girls are crafting various things, but then they move to outside where a large tree seems to be raining glitter. One way to tell if a music video has transformed from a cutesy concept to an innocent or more mature concept is if the girls don't wear school uniforms. Therefore I'm classifying this concept as an innocent one.
We have a music box playing at the beginning that turns into electronic crunch mixed with strings. While this song has a familiar tone and style to it that is Lovelyz, it also is brand new and fresh. This song was incredibly dancy and that chorus was powerful. While watching the video, I was going to say they eliminated the cutesy aspect altogether but then Jiae came in and added her usual cuteness. Another thing is towards the end of the song, there were I think 2 lines that were triplets. I don't remember who was singing those lines, but it was awesome because that's also something new that Lovelyz added.
Do you love Lovelyz as much as I do? I don't know if that's possible because I absolutely adore them. Anyway, please support Lovelyz! They are absolutely worth it. Like and share this review on social media. Leave a comment about your thoughts on the video. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
When I think of M to M, I think of the pop girl group while I was growing up called M2M. They had a song called “Mirror, Mirror” that was catchy as hell. Well M to M of the K-pop world just released their comeback music video “A Year At Most”. This is supposed to be a piano version so I'm excited because let's face it, I love ballads.
At the beginning of the music video, we see a man walking away from a shadowy figure, turn around for one last glance and then continue walking. Throughout most of the video, our perspective follows this man as he sinks further and further into depression. We don't know whether he said goodbye or if she did. He becomes so depressed and near the end of the video, he falls asleep on the wood floor and vanishes into thin air. His body dissipates into nothing. The camera then pans over to show the girl staring at the place where his body once was. She is crying and at the final scene of the video, we can assume this man died; that no one actually meant to say goodbye, but rather life took him away from her prematurely. I love and hate when videos do this because it gives it a nice edge but at the same time, I'm always yelling at my computer by the end of it. Is anyone else like this?
The song held such deep emotion being conveyed through this man's voice. It has been a while since I've heard vocals that profound. K-pop is about digitizing everything for a fast solution but rarely do we hear vocals that deep and emotional. I can think of about 3 or 4 examples in the past 10 years of K-pop. Not only was the song emotional, but there was depth in his voice and power behind his words, of which none I understood. But I didn't have to understand what was being said to feel the pain this man had been through. That's what I love about ballads and especially these really heartfelt ballads. It's not about what is being said through the lyrics but rather what's being felt through the music, tone, emotion, and overall atmosphere of the song.
I'm really glad I decided to review this song. I honestly thought M to M was going to be a girl pop duo just because that's what I knew as M2M. But please listen to this song. If you don't listen to another ballad for the rest of your life, just listen to this one. Thank you for supporting me. Like and share this review on social media. Please leave a comment about the video. Thanks again and I'll see you in my next review.
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.