Yesterday or the day before yesterday or whenever I last made a post, I did a set of Quick Reviews that was male group focused. We looked at 3 groups at different standings. One was set and making a comeback. Another was reformed as one of their members is currently absent for Produce 101 and Wanna One. Also we looked at a new group, debuting for the first time and we watched their success. Today, we are going to check out two artists that are in different standings as well. DIA is a girl group that has been around for very little time, but deserve attention. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Ye Eun of Wonder Girls. Yenny, Ye Eun, or Ha:tfelt is making her second comeback as a solo artist and this is her first time releasing solo music since the disbandment of her group, the Wonder Girls.
To start off this set of reviews, we have “Good Night” by DIA which was a feel good music video focusing on the friendships and bonds that exist between friends. Most of this was probably scripted, but I have a feeling that a good portion of their excitement and happiness boiled down to genuine friendship. We see the girls out in nature, camping and having a good time. There was an exchange between video footage and a collection of still frame Polaroids which gives us a deeper sense of connection between the members. The video and song eventually fade out, cutting out the vocals on the final chorus as the members fall asleep in their tent.
This song had a unique feel to it. Rather than being over-saturated with heavy electronic or pop overtones, it relied on the soft tones of a xylophone and a reed pipe to push the song along. It had that unique tone because of the lack of intense snare-slapping, bass thumping beats.
“Read Me” by Ha:tfelt was a breathtaking video. It had so much to say in just a short amount of time. The premise goes as follows. A woman is taking care of a man. Both are elderly and probably are married. The man doesn't seem to notice anything but the book in front of his face. As the video progresses, we see a scene where a young man and woman are dancing, but then it goes back to the old man. However, the girl that was dancing is still present. She is taking care of the man. Later, we see a very young girl also taking care of the man. At the end, the little girl takes the book from the man and dances with him. The closing scene is the man dancing by himself. While the video could be a look into this man's memories, I think it goes deeper than that. I think it dissects the internal struggle of someone with Alzheimer's disease. Their memories are diluted and become like strangers taking care of you. People that may be close and family become strangers and unknown.
The song, I was a bit distracted from but it had a very chill vibe. The word that comes to mind when describing this song is “staccato”. For those of you who don't know, a staccato is a musical term which describes the sound of a note being short, crisp, and just pricked at. It also had a very profound style that I love about Ye Eun.
Ye Eun's second music video “I Wander” plays as a sort of prequel and finale for the previous video. In the past video, we see a man who is clearly falling into delusion and insanity being taken care of by his memories. What we don't realize is that those were all figments of his imagination. In this video, we see the man wandering the streets just doing whatever he feels. Then in comes the girl. She sees the man wandering and decides to follow him. She arrives at his door with a package. Then starts the first video. At the end of the first video, we see the man dancing. What we didn't know is that this girl had been watching him the entire time. She grabs the man and sits him down and begins reading to him. Both these videos together tell a story of a man who is overlooked and ignored being recognized. It is a profound and beautiful story and beautifully done by the producers alongside the fantastic music of Ye Eun.
The song was a smooth collection of guitar, her voice, and Gaeko's flow. It was incredibly soothing to listen to and again, I got a bit distracted by the story, but the music just added to the storytelling process that took place.
Please, let me know what you thought about each of these videos. I personally loved them. Each and every one of them spoke to me in a different way. Let me know what your experience was with them. Please support these artists. They deserve your love and the attention given to many other bigger groups and solo artists. If you liked this set of Quick Reviews, please give me a thumbs up and share it among your friends. I appreciate all your support and your love. Thank you for continuing to read my bullshit commentary on your favorite music videos. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
I've been absent from reviewing K-pop music videos for a while because Korea just celebrated Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and not many videos came out. Well, I've accumulated a little bit of a list again and am here to present you with 3 new music video reviews.
The interesting thing about Day6 is that they are staying with this continued concept but they aren't making a huge deal about it like BTS, Got7 or other groups have done. They just release a new video that happens to be connected to the previous videos. From the looks of it, most of the members that like other people are getting shot down. I guess “When You Love Someone” is telling the listener how it feels to love someone and not have those feelings reciprocated. The song itself had a lazy day vibe and a chill, slow, almost dragging feeling to it.
TRCNG is a new project boy group from TS Entertainment. That's the entertainment company that gave us Secret, B.A.P and Sonamoo. At first, I'll admit, I didn't like their debut song “Spectrum”. However as the song continued, I found I actually loved it. The song has some weird elements. The instrumental and the vocals seem to be hiding from each other because the energy of the song at first was rather dull and almost nonexistent. I think the video has some good versus evil concepts going on but I could be wrong. Overall it was a good song and it has a younger sort of B.A.P vibes but it is also fresh and something new for TS Entertainment.
I don't know anything about Nu'est W because I don't really know anything about Nu'est. However this song, “Where You At” was good and surprisingly calm. I was expecting more hype but it was rather reserved and smooth. There was a ton of imagery in this video that I'll never figure out. There were butterflies of various shades, hallways, desert dancing, multiple beds, candles, flooding, and so much more. I will say the desert dancing reminded me of Taemin's “Drip Drop” music video just a little. Overall I loved the song. It kind of reminded me of “Beautiful” by Monsta X because it had some of those hyped moments but overall the song was incredibly beautiful. I wasn't expecting the drop to come in when it did. It was almost delayed which was really cool and interesting.
What are your thoughts about these videos? Which was your favorite? My favorite was probably Nu'est W because of that incredible calmness intertwined with the slight hype. Let me know which was your favorite in the comments. Please support all these artists. Only one of the artists I reviewed today is under one of the big 3 and even they are sometimes overlooked. While your liking and showing your support for your favorite artists, please give me some love as well. Like and share this set of Quick Reviews wherever you share such stuff. I am so thankful for all of you and I hope you will continue to support me. I love you all and I'll see you in my next review.
My Quick Reviews are conglomerates of music video reviews. For instance, if there are several releases in a single day that are all related or somewhat related, I will do a Quick Review segment.