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Kpop Friday: Dreamcatcher’s “Chase Me”

It’s been almost two months since I’ve done one of these, oops.

You ever hear a song for the first time that just sledgehammers you with nostalgia? That’s what Dreamcatcher’s “Chase Me” was like for me, which from its very first verse took me back to the good old days of early 2000s shonen anime OSTs. (I say that with the highest of praise, for the record.) It would fight right in with the best of them.

“Chase Me” is a high energy song that knows how to build up to its ridiculously catchy chorus. The verses rein in that energy, just enough that hitting the chorus feels like the group is being let loose to enjoy themselves.

Oh, and the MV is horror-themed, which I absolutely adore.  (Which continues into the rest of their MVs, in fact. More of this please. From everyone. Dark and sinister complements my mood.)  “Catch Me” is a grab bag of horror imagery and tropes, what with seven ghostly girls tormenting a ghost-hunting investigator into reenacting The Shining.

The lyrics could be interpreted as a “romantic” chase, but let’s be honest, they’re talking about haunting your dreams:

Chase me, catch me if you can
It was really close (dangerous)
But, I already left there
(Where will I go this time?)
Chase me, yes, find me
No one can stop me
So that you can’t catch me anymore
I’ll secretly hide in another dream (x)

I’m a little sad this song has under 4 million views–I think it’s a great showcase for a new group. (Even though I wish their company had given them a different name and/or nixed the actual dreamcatcher iconography.) If you haven’t heard the song already, you should give it a shot.

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Kpop Friday: Sistar’s “Lonely”

I know a lot of people in my corner of the internet have been sad ever since the news broke that Sistar would be disbanding, and I was, too. “I Swear” is one of my favorite kpop songs, and I’m a little sad we won’t be getting any more like it from this talented quartet. That said, “Lonely” is a lovely parting gift to Sistar’s fans. It isn’t often that a group gets a goodbye song and a wrap-up that feels amicable. While “Lonely” isn’t a summer anthem song like the group was famous for, the song and MV are a bittersweet tribute to endings.

The lyrics are straightforward—the narrator has begun to feel lonely in a relationship that is on the rocks:

Breaking up is the only option left
You’re preparing our end, too
We can’t go back in time
That’s what hurts
(x)

It’s pretty standard fare as far as these types of songs go, but what really elevates “Lonely” is the chorus. I love the way it builds into something that almost sounds like they’re preparing to break free. It’s not quite upbeat, not exactly heart-wrenching angst, but something that’s akin to being this close to throwing in the metaphorical towel.

The music video goes back and forth between engaging with the angst in the lyrics and just acknowledging that this is an actual farewell. One of the things that I loved about “I Swear” was that it looked like the members were having fun, and that’s here, too, which is a lovely contrast to the shots that feel like everyone is saying goodbye.

“Lonely” is a wonderful sendoff to a strong group, and if you haven’t given it a listen already, you should:

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Kpop Friday: K.A.R.D.’s “Don’t Recall”

I’ll be honest, K.A.R.D’s second pre-debut single (how is that a thing? why is it a thing?) wasn’t my favorite at first listen. Heavy synth and frequent auto-tune aren’t typically my go-to sounds when I want to listen to something—but “Don’t Recall” grew on me quickly thanks to how well those sounds built upon the underlying beat and the interesting melody.

One of my favorite things about “Don’t Recall” is how well the different sections of the song transition into each other while still being distinct. Especially the rap verses. A bad rap section will kill a song’s momentum, but the raps in “Don’t Recall” were engaging and didn’t sound like they had been spliced in as an afterthought.

Another great thing about this song is how the call and response plays out. Even without the subtitles up (or the English version of the song with all-new lyrics), the back and forth between the men and the women was obvious. The men are insistent that they can get back together; the women want to leave the past where it belongs:

Don’t recall when we were good together
Haunts me like a ghost
Like there will be no tomorrow
Heart-pounding moments
(No no no no no)
Don’t mean a thing anymore
Stop, I don’t recall.

While the dance often does a good job conveying the back and forth between the two sides, the music video is a letdown at some points. In some shots, the MV looks pretty cheap/last-minute instead of artfully minimalist, which is what I think they were aiming for. Better styling on the guys’ white outfits would have helped, and the swirly colors cube should have been ditched in favor of longer dance segments.

Regardless, K.A.R.D. is doing pretty damn good for itself, what with over 13 million views on its second unofficial song. Here’s hoping their actual, eventual, debut is just as good, if not better.


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Kpop Friday: Amber x Luna’s “Heartbeat”

You may have noticed by now, but ladies having fun is definitely one of my things. So “Heartbeat,” an SM Station release, is right up my alley.  The MV is basically concert footage, with Amber and Luna looking like they’re having a ridiculous amount of fun performing. The song itself is rather simple, even repetitive sometimes, but these two have lovely voices. While I’m not always a fan of the synth (or this style of song in general), I found myself loving it more with every listen.

I really love the imagery in some of the lyrics, too:

Trapped inside a building of a collapsed world
You’re the one who took my hand and pulled me out (x)

There’s a sense of simple wonder in this song that I adore–someone new coming into your life, and that spurring your heart to race. Give it a listen:


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Kpop Friday: Lee Michelle’s “Without You”

Sometimes you just need a beautiful self-love anthem to make it through the day, and Lee Michelle’s “Without You” is exactly what I needed. I’ve listened to the song and watched the MV several times, and I still catch myself tearing up at certain parts. Michelle’s vocals on this one are perfect, especially in the chorus where she declares that her beauty and worth aren’t dependent upon anyone else:

I’m beautiful without you
I’m meaningful without you
I’m still beautiful
even if I wasn’t loved by you (x)

One of my favorite things is that even though this song appears to be about a failed relationship, the MV goes in a different direction, highlighting the struggles a young Michelle went through as she was growing up in South Korea. It’s heart-wrenching to watch, but the ending makes it worth it.

This song has a lot going for it, from Lee Michelle’s lovely voice to powerful visual reminders of what it’s like not to fit the beauty standards of the culture around you. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen:


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Kpop Friday: MBLAQ’s “Smoky Girl”

Sometimes you just need a bit of understated sexiness in your life, and if today is one of those days, you’ll want to check out MBLAQ’s “Smoky Girl.” It’s a smooth, seductive song about spotting a mysterious woman at a bar:

In the corner of the bar, she sits
In her thin wrist is lemon juice
She was a smoky girl
Her hair shines in the lights
In her sad eyes are smeared scars (x)

The vocals for this song are great–no one’s straining at the edge of their range, and everyone sounds like they really are interested in holding the attention of this smoky girl. And while I’m not always fond of rap breaks, the one here fits into place nicely and keeps the momentum going into the final stretch of the song.

The MV itself is excellent–whoever styled the guys needs a raise (minus whoever decided that bubblegum pink hair was a good idea). It’s fun to watch the color scheme progress from black to white to a kaleidoscope of neon. There isn’t really a story to the MV, however, and the appearances of backup dancers and the titular smoky girl feel weird and more like afterthoughts than deliberate choices.

Still, “Smoky Girl” is a good four-minute break. If you haven’t heard it already, give it a shot:


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Kpop Friday: Wings’ “Hair Short”

Last Saturday I went to get my hair cut for the first time in five months, and I couldn’t help but think of this song. Luckily, my stylist didn’t seem inclined toward using her scissors the way these ladies do, which I am grateful for. >.>;

The song itself is a solid duet with powerful vocals. It’s a post-breakup song where the two ladies deny that they’re getting their hair cut because of their broken hearts:

I’m cutting my hair short
It’s not because I broke up,
I’m not crying either
I’m doing this because it’s pretty (x)

The MV is where things get delightfully creepy, with the dead-eyed stares, floor-length hair, and a muted, murderous jealousy. How can you not love a video where Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio features prominently?

“Hair Short” is a great song that deserves a lot more attention than it has gotten, if YouTube counts are anything to go by. If you haven’t heard it yet, take a moment and enjoy it.

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Kpop Friday: Spica’s “You Don’t Love Me”

Sometimes you just need a breakup song with a great pace, dramatic vocals, and a catchy-as-hell melody. Spica’s “You Don’t Love Me” hits all three categories easily–and it is, hands down, one of my favorite kpop girl group songs ever. I mean, it starts off with the (gorgeous) declaration you don’t love me and then launches straight into this:

Today, I’m ready
It’s time to say everything
In the end, it’s a simple story
You don’t love me (x)

The lyrics for this song are a great mix of anger, frustration, and I’m-tired-of-your-shit. The ladies really sell it with their no-holds-barred vocals and the relentless you don’t love me refrain.  There’s no question that this relationship is sunk and it’s all because a distant, calculating man made absolutely no effort to keep it alive.

The retro pin-up girl styling for the MV is a lot of fun, with only a couple minor missteps. I wish I could see the dance in full, but from the parts of it I can see, it looks like it would be a lot of fun live.

Seriously, if you haven’t heard this one already, you should take a moment to give this song a listen. And remember to keep it in your arsenal when you need to get over your own broken heart.


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Kpop Friday: History’s “What Am I to You?”

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a bit of angry!despair, and that’s when I turn to History’s “What Am I to You?” Now, this aggressive sort of relationship issues song is typically not my thing, especially when a guy runs around demanding to know how a woman feels about him or calls her bad for not giving him the answers he wants. The interesting spin comes when the guy freely admits that the reason he’s so frustrated is that he’s a cheater who has fallen in love and finally met his match:

I know how to cheat, but she knows how to play
I was a fool for thinking you’re easy
[…]
Everyone tells me to cut you out,
That it’ll be over if I just turn around
But don’t you know?
Don’t you think I know all of that? I can’t let you go (x)

The Latin-inspired beat is a fun departure from what’s on my current kpop playlist, and the vocals sound nicely desperate. The music video is a basically a self-destructive bender through Berlin, complete with clubs, smoking, drinking, dramatic gestures, and physical and verbal fights, interspersed with sexy dance breaks.

It’s an enjoyable change from what I’ve been listening to lately. (I’d caution viewing it at work, though, since one of the guys is in his underwear for several shots.) Give it a chance if you’re in the mood for the a song about an angsty, toxic relationship.


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Kpop Friday: Crayon Pop’s “Bing Bing”

Does your day need an explosion of cute? After this week, I know mine did. So here’s Crayon Pop with their adorable song, “Bing Bing.”

The song itself is pretty straightforward–these ladies have a huge crush on a guy, and for some reason he just won’t say he likes them back:

Heart, heart, my heart is here
How can you not know? I like you
What to do? It was love at first sight
What to do? I guess I love you~ (x)

What makes this song stand out is its execution. The music is upbeat and catchy, with a fun assist from what sounds like a horn section and several enthusiastic percussionists.

The MV is very cute, too. It’s mostly the members of Crayon Pop wandering around Japan and having a good time. While I wish we got to see more of the dance they do–it looks fun!–the practically endless parade of scenes where they’re messing around and having fun with each other really fits the mood of the song.

Check it out, if you haven’t already. I hope it makes you smile!


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