I didn't want to do this. I didn't want to combine three really good artists into a single post because they each deserve their own separate post, but I feel like there's about to be an onslaught of releases and I'll fall behind again. Technically I'm already behind, but I'm still in the manageable stages. So today, I have three music video reviews for you. The first is MAP6, a group whom I've never reviewed. I know they're a boy group. I assume they have 6 members. The last two are from the same company, both have groups they are a part of but both are releasing single music. Jackson Wang of Got7 is, from what I understand, debuting and Jun.K of 2PM is making his come back. Like I said, three really great artists, but unfortunately, one single post with not as much attention, deserved attention, to each artist.
MAP6 is a group I had never listened to until now. “Love is Gone” is a very good song, but did a member leave MAP6? I thought there were six members, but there were only five in the video. The music video was fairly cheap to produce, I'm assuming. It was essentially a dance practice in a desert and a parking garage.
Even though the video may not be the highest budget MV, the song is phenomenal. The first thing I noticed was the first guy to sing had a beautiful voice. Absolutely stunning. People may hate me or praise me on this, but the song had an Infinite vibe. It sounded like a song that Infinite would've done about four years ago. It had that very pop orchestral sound present through most of the song and the song set up was similar to the way older k-pop groups used to make music.
“Moving Day” by Jun.K is an interesting but creative concept for a music video. As expected, we see movers taking out furniture and removing the basic set up of a house, but in the video we see a couple interacting with each other as the memories that are left behind in the house. There's one scene where they are listening to music via the same head phone set and the movers wrap up the chair she's sitting on, with her still in it, and take the chair out. It was really well done. The message I got from this video is life moves on with or without you. If you want to cling to the past, then you'll be left behind. But like in the video, as time moves forward, things change and people leave, intentional or not.
The song was chill. I love a good slow jam. The song wasn't slow jam like a ballad, but it was more of a chill vibe song with a good steady beat. The artist that comes to mind actually is offonoff. I love that music and this song sounded a lot like that.
“Okay” by Jackson Wang of Got7 was full of symbolism. There was the deer. There was also a lot of fire versus water. At the beginning of the video, Jackson is basically surrounded by water. But by the end of the video, it's the opposite. Jackson burns down the house he was in. The symbolism of fire and water could possibly be an internal battle between good and evil. In the end, he picks evil; the fire. The deer I think symbolizes the hunter or the hunted. The deer just stands in the hallway without much movement and we see that imagery over and over in the video, but just like choosing evil, the end result is Jackson becoming the hunter which is why there are deer heads mounted to his wall. The image at the end is his mind. It represents the internal battle and it freeze framing on the house burning down is confirming that he's chosen evil.
All of this has been speculation but I will say the song was lit as well. This song also had a chill vibe but it was more of a trap song than chill hop. Jackson's voice is so rough and soothing at the same time which is why he's my bias wrecker in Got7. But in Got7, his voice is always deep because everyone else is so much higher in range than him, but in this his voice didn't seem as deep, but it was. Jackson is life.
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Pentagon is back and this time with 2 new music videos for “Runaway” and “Violet”. I honestly haven't followed Pentagon a lot but I know who they are. I know they are under Cube Entertainment but if you were to ask me to name 3 songs from them, I probably couldn't do that. For that reason, I'm trying to repent and fix my mistakes. Pentagon is back and I'm reviewing their videos.
I'm not sure what was supposed to be happening in the music video for “Runaway” but I liked it and the song as well. In the video, we see a member filming a bunch of stuff. Were they trying to make a handheld production? The members stood on a bridge, several of them had light sticks that are used in directing arriving airplanes, and there was a car crash, the members lay out in the street on a cross walk. There was a bunch of different things happening that I wasn't sure the connection, but it was still a good video. I think there was also a surprise in the video for Pinocchio fans. There was a scene where 2 of the members put cones on their heads similar to Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk in the K-drama Pinocchio.
As for the song, it had a subtle tropical house vibe and was a well put-together song. There was a part in the song where the rapping with dark hair started rapping similar to “Pray” by BTOB. The song was building up to the final chorus, but unfortunately it didn't go right into that last chorus, but it was still pretty awesome.
In “Violet”, there was a girl that was the focus of the entire video. I'm not completely sure what her connection was to all the members of Pentagon, but at different points in the video, it appeared that she was dating different members. Maybe towards the beginning of the video, she was dating one member, they broke up, and then she moved on to the next member and that's why they were sad and avoided each other. I was a bit confused with this music video because I don't know all the members names and such. But that's the feeling I got from it.
The song was a mix between Hip Hop, Pop, and Ballad with a hint of Tropical infused. It was a good song. I would have liked if the song brought out more “violet” sounds like synth pads and such. A more ambient-driven version of this song would have convinced me of the violet part of it.
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I'm almost completely caught up for now. I've been backed up with music video reviews for quite a while and now I finally have almost reviewed every music video in my YouTube feed. I'm back with one more Quick Reviews for the time being. Hopefully this will be it for a while but I fear a storm is brewing within the K-pop industry. We have BTS appearing on American television 3 times this month, along with several other highly anticipated comebacks. Well, let's focus on today. Today I'll be reviewing Kim So-Hee as well as Rothy. I honestly don't know these girls very well but I'm excited to see what they offer.
I have to say I really enjoyed “Fluttering” by Kim Sohee. The overall tone of the song and video was solemn and melancholy without being a depressing video with rain everywhere. In fact, throughout most of the video, there were feathers falling from the sky like snow. I have a theory for this. In the video, we see Kim Sohee walking through the alleyway where she had spent a lot of her time with her boyfriend. Everything is paused; not moving. At the end of the video, she is in her bed and she begins to levitate. I believe Kim Sohee's character in this music video had died and that's why nothing was moving and that's why the feathers were falling. It is a symbol of Heaven. Maybe I'm way off on that.
I may be wrong about the video but the song was so chill and calm. Her voice is majestic because she has a really cute voice that is soft, but at the same time, she has power. I can tell. She doesn't sing like many of the cute style girl singers. Her vocals were fuller. I enjoyed the chill vibe. I didn't realize it's a Christmas song. There was a line in the song that said something about a white Christmas. Now on to the rap. The rap was really nice and slow to match the atmosphere of the song. I'd expect nothing less from my favorite female rapper. Yezi killed, but I wish she had a longer rap or another rap verse later in the song. I could imagine her rapping and then Kim Sohee comes in and right before the chorus kicks in, Yezi slays a 2 line rap that carries the listener into the chorus. Wishful thinking I guess. Overall I really liked it though.
I'm really glad I decided to watch “Stars” by Rothy. I don't remember why I came to watch it. I think it was just a suggestion on my YouTube channel, but I'm glad. Rothy is a solo artist under no name record label Dorothy Company. The music video followed Rothy as she fueled her obsession with stars and the sky. She finds a moon shape in her room and takes it up to the roof to give it back to the sky. As the moon touches the night sky, the Aurora Borealis bursts from her hands. I think the meaning of the video goes deeper than that though. There is a specific scene where she is sitting in a stairway with candles placed all around her. Now, you could be obsessed with light all you want, but people don't typically light that many candles for no reason. She also had a real obsession with understanding the heavens. I think the video is discussing death and moving on from that. As she places the moon back in the sky, I can't help but think about moving past the death of a loved one.
As for the song, this piano ballad with R&B influences was beautiful. Her voice is stunning and sort of reminds me of a mix between IU and Lee Hi. Actually come to think of it, she also had a similar appearance to Lee Hi. I don't know what it was, but she was breathtakingly beautiful as was the song. Honestly, I don't know what else to say about it, but I am hands down glad I decided to watch it. Thank you Dorothy Company. Thank you CJ Music. Thank you Rothy. Thank you K-pop.
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If you know me at all, you'll know that it took me a long time to get into boy groups. I'm typically more of a girl group type of guy because I am in fact a guy and prefer to look at pretty girls more than pretty guys. With that being said, I feel like a lot of my reviews lately have been for boy groups. Today is no different. I will review 3 music videos that have come out in the past week only by boy groups. We have Seventeen, Block B, and Monsta X and their respective videos to discuss and dissect.
“Clap” by Seventeen went through the process of making a video. There were a bunch of visual effects used throughout and it gave a cool unique style to it. In the video, there was footage of what happens on the screen of the computer. It shows what sometimes goes on at the producer's desk. It was a unique video and very catchy song. I enjoyed the use of old TV grain at the end of the video to close out.
Rock guitar brought us swiftly into the song. That same rock genre sound remained through the entire song and held up well. I'm a rocker and I love some crunch and grit with my guitars, so this song bode well with me. The vocals were, of course, impressive and the rap was on point. There were some pop aspects strewn throughout the song, but they were mixed well and added to the song rather than taking from it.
“Shall We Dance” by Block B was an interesting music video. It looked like Mexico, but also looked like a Big Bang video. There was a bunch of people with the braided hair and the Cholo look. I don't know what else to say because honestly it was just a video of people looking hard.
As for the song, it had a very old school hip hop vibe, but it was tinged with that Latin feeling. It was an impressive song, especially for Zico, but it didn't quite live up to some of their previous songs. It was good, but not the best from Block B.
Honestly, this music video was the one I was looking forward to reviewing all day. “Dramarama” by Monsta X seems to follow a time traveler and the events around a car wreck. I might have to go back and watch the video again to understand everything that is happening. There is running from what appears to be Time Police and a car wreck that the time traveler tries to stop countless times, but fails every time. The time traveler is caught by the Time Police and is stripped of the watch that helps him shift through time. Then they point a laser gun at him and send him away to a different time without the watch.
Tell me if any of that was correct. I have a feeling I was completely off. The song was a bop as expected from Monsta X. This still isn't my favorite song from them but it's good. I really enjoyed it, but I think I was enthralled in the video more than the music. I love time traveling stories and it seems that no one attempts them anymore.
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For a lot of the time, K-pop is pretty chill. Only a few releases will come out at the same time. It's usually pretty manageable. However, sometimes, K-pop decides to drop bombs on us as the K-pop fandom and release 8 music videos all within a week of each other. This week is one of those weeks following the latter formula. There are so many videos out that even though I want to review each individual music video and create a separate post for each one, I need to play a little catch up. The past few Quick Reviews have been very boy group driven and today we're going to take a step back and breathe and discuss some videos that girl groups have released. This includes Jeon Soyeon, Sonamoo, and EXID. Like I mentioned before, I would love to take all the time and discuss each of these videos individually, but I need to catch up because after these videos, I still have 5 other videos I need to review.
I'm so taken aback by the reality of “Jelly” by Jeon Soyeon. The video actually matched my expectations, but not so much the song. It was a cutesy style very colorful and vivid video. The concept behind the video was a girl surrounded by “jelly” everything. Hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream. Everything was jelly.
As for the song, it went beyond anything I could have imagined for a song entitled “Jelly”. First off, Jeon Soyeon is a bad ass rapper. She has a good flow and a unique style. Now, I know I'm going to receive hate for this but her style reminded me of Grace. The song wasn't hard or overly beat driven. In fact, it had a strange tune backing a cutesy style beat. Similar to “I'm Fine” by Grace, the musical message of the song was a bit skewed. It gave off a cute, immature vibe, but was partnered with a sick flow. Good job, Jeon Soyeon. You have gotten my attention.
There was an antique feeling to Sonamoo's “I (Knew It)” and I think it had something to do with the house they were in and the items displayed in the video. But honestly, I don't think any of that needed to be in the video. This was basically a dance practice video/individual profile video. There wasn't an actual story except for the girl waking up at the end. But let me just take a minute to appreciate D'ana's lip bite she did in the pre-chorus following her rap verse. D'ana is just so sexy and that made her so much hotter.
The pop Latin vibe is making its way slowly through the K-pop industry. First “O Sole Mio”, then “Hallelujah” and now “I (Knew It)”. However, the Latin flair was subtle in this song, only hinting at it with the underlying tone. It was present with the guitars and the trumpet sounds in the chorus, but it wasn't in your face about it. Going back to D'ana, her rap lines slayed and honestly I don't know many of the members' names, but the other rapper killed it as well with her rap lines. Overall I'm quite happy with this song. Sonamoo hasn't failed me yet.
One of the first things I noticed from “DDD” or “Deol Deol Deol” by EXID is that there's no Solji. Believe me, I counted the members and watched carefully, but never saw her. I miss her and hope she's okay. As for the video, it was more a piece of visual art than a story based concept. We had different members in various locations. Hani was in an enclosed room, LE was in a glass box, Jeonghwa was in an elevator, and Hyerin was in a greenhouse. The similarity was they were all trapped in a tightly confined space. Then gas was released but we didn't see them die or anything.
The song was good but the beat melody was a bit irritating. The repetitive 4 notes or so really gets to me. I will say all the vocal parts were incredible such as the fact that Hani had higher notes. But in all honesty, I hope that Solji is okay and will rejoin the group eventually. First and foremost though, I want her to get better. Also do not watch if you have epilepsy or are sensitive to light because this video will fuck you up.
I still have a lot of catching up to do as far as my music video reviews go, but this is always fun and I hope you enjoyed my input towards these videos. I really wish I could spend more time dissecting and tearing apart each video but my time is limited. I can't be spending an hour on each release when there are 2 or 3 comebacks each day. I need to keep moving. Please support each artist that I reviewed. Like and share this Quick Reviews set on social media. Comment which video was your favorite and why in the comment section below. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
For those of you who are new to this, when I get backed up and fall far behind in my K-pop music video reviews (which is quite easy), I do something I like to call Quick Reviews. I also might change the name, but maybe not. Quick Reviews are a way for me to pump out 3 or 4 music video reviews in one post rather than having to post 3 or 4 separate times. I try to make the quality up to par with my regular reviews, but like the title says, these are quick reviews. Therefore I make no promises that I will put as much detail into these reviews. Today, I will be reviewing 3 artists, one that is a bigger name that has been around for quite some time, but like I mentioned, I'm falling behind. I still have about 3 more music videos to review after I finish these. So please be patient with me in my reviewing. I am one person reviewing all these K-pop music videos. I get tired and need to re-energize from time to time. I will try my best to keep up.
“Monster” by Beatburger was an interesting video. I'm not sure what was happening. Were they trying to send us a message or teach us about anatomy? The video was almost all in black and white and had a lot of weird images floating around. Skulls, fetuses, naked girls, and eyes were some of the features of this video, but it was really well done and very artsy.
I don't know how to describe Beatburger's sound. It's hard, edgy and has a unique style that is very recognizable. It's gritty but not in the way that underground Hip Hop is. It's definitely experimental but not at the same time. All of these things describe the way that music video felt. The sounds were incredible and powerful while sounding dirty and hard at the same time.
Epik High brings us a dual music video, in a way. “Home is Far Away” is the first part and is followed up by “Love Story”. In the music video, we are given an overview of life in Korea. We see people and trees and buildings. But I think the overall message of the video was telling the story of a man who is homeless and essentially wanders the street looking for his home. At the end of the video, we see this man walking alone in the dark down a street as the music fades out.
Epik High never fails as they mix ballad and Hip Hop into an artistic masterpiece. I thought for sure at the beginning with the piano, it was going to be a straight ballad, but then that Hip Hop beat drops and everything changes. This reminded me of old Epik High. If you didn't know, I listened to Epik High around the time they debuted and listening to that old style Hip Hop was great. I feel like Epik High nailed it again. While their past couple releases were good, this felt like true Hip Hop. “Love Story” featured IU and IU is one of my favorite soloists. She added to the song in a good way rather than taking from the song like many of the Shoebox songs did.
“She's Mine” by VAV should definitely be more recognized. I think the video was supposed to be a spy video but I'm not quite sure. I know there was a dart board, a chess board, and someone got tied up at the end, but escaped. I've reviewed VAV before but this song really stood out to me. I believe they have 7 members similar to Got7 and BTS. That being said, they should have more popularity for sure.
The song starts off with a sort of exotic rhythm and then the vocals kick in to give it that poppy boy group vibe that is quite typical but not a bad thing. Once the chorus hits, you can't help but want to dance. The melody they used for the synth parts was brilliant. One of my favorite parts of the video was when a member drank the spiked drink and his drunkenness was visualized by pixelization. It was a smart and clever way to create a visualization of drunkenness.
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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.