Kpop Friday: Dreamcatcher’s “You and I”

It’s safe to say that by “You and I,” you know whether or not you like Dreamcatcher’s sound and concept. Considering I am writing this post, it’s probably safe to call me a fan of their music 🙂 Dreamcatcher continues with their jrock-inspired music and horror concept combo in “You and I,” and it’s another solid entry in their niche.

The verses are comparatively sedate, but the restrained instrumentation they’ve got going there is definitely a plus. The song feels almost mysterious at points, especially in the pre-chorus, which has this haunting little choral effect on the vocals that just makes me grin every time it happens. As is typical—and a selling point in my book!—for Dreamcatcher, the chorus is basically an anime opening/closing that they go all out on. Here’s a live stage with a better view of the choreography, complete with a magical baton appearance.

Overall, the song has good momentum and consistently builds toward the energetic finish. (Whoever is on that guitar was definitely enjoying themselves.) The lyrics themselves are romantic-ish, but I’m more than happy to read them in a more sinister light as is befitting their MV:

Even if you run like crazy
You’ll end up in the same place again
Your reflection in the mirror
It’s a distorted mystery
When the sun goes down
Keep the door open
(x)

The MV revels in Dreamcatcher’s horror concept, from giant spider webs to exorcisms and magical portals. I’ll admit that I’m a bit shaky on the connecting story between their MVs, but it looks to me like evil may have been defeated? Or at least banished for the moment. Regardless, the ladies have some striking sets and outfits, and the MV is fun to watch and complements the song.

If you haven’t given “You and I” a listen already, you should hit the play button now.

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Kpop Friday: Suzy’s “SObeR”

My life has been a ridiculous lately, so I haven’t been in the mood much for high-energy, adrenaline fueled songs. I need something chill. Something that I can put on in the background and just let it percolate. Enter Suzy’s “SObeR,” which immediately won me over.

“Sober” has very little instrumentation—it’s largely Suzy’s vocals and synth bubbles, plus a bit of a beat and some snapping. The sound gets fuller in the chorus as more instruments/synth swoop in, but I really like the pared down instrumentation with Suzy’s voice. It suits the song since it makes it feel like she knows she is just drunk enough to (try to) be careful about picking her words during the verse but starts to get more worked up in the chorus, only to pull back again when she remembers she’s trying to be cool and direct about all this.

The lyrics paint a straightforward picture of a girl saying that since she’s already drunk, they should just have an honest conversation about their feelings because she’s tired of all of their meaningless talks:

No, not like this anymore
Tell me your heart today
I’m not sober
Mom, if you think I’m crazy, I don’t care
Cuz I’m not sober

The MV is cute and colorful. Suzy and her backup dancers look like they’re having fun in the bar/hotel, though we got less of the choreography than I’d hoped. (Here, have a stage performance.) The dance goes back and forth between cute/flirty and sexy, and I think it fits well with the drunk-and-wanting-to-be-enticing vibe of the song. There is a lot of drunk vision going on in the MV, though, both with filters and wonky camera angles and transitions, so be prepared for that.

I’ve already listened to this song a good two dozen times, and it’s made it on my list for the next time I’m on a music buying spree. You should give it a listen if you haven’t already.

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Kpop Friday: LOOΠΔ/Chuu’s “Heart Attack”

Sometimes the only thing that can breathe life into your dead winter heart is a huge dose of cute, and wow, does “Heart Attack” deliver. The almost-done-debuting girl group LOOΠΔ has only been vaguely on my radar, but my corner of the internet practically exploded when Chuu (member #11) debuted her single.

“Heart Attack” is an upbeat love song about having a huge crush on someone–racing heart, obsessive thoughts, and all–with earnest lyrics that are on just the right side of saccharine:

Pounding more and more
I’ll give it all, take my heart
Surely you’re my destiny

It shines fully in my heart
This must be what thrill feels like, darling
Eventually I fall into you
You attack my heart

My favorite parts of the song are the (pre-)chorus, though the bridge is pretty good, too. I’m not as fond of the transitions between the verse and the chorus–it’s such an abrupt shift that my subconscious keeps thinking it’s an editing accident or internet hiccup. Aside from that, though, the song is very catchy, and I’ve had it on repeat for about an hour now.

And while the song is fun, what got people’s hearts a-fluttering was the MV–which is all about Chuu having a monstrous crush on another girl. It’s so cute, guys. (Except for the occasional stalker-y vibe. I would much rather we had ditched the telephoto lenses and just kept to Chuu copying the things that Yves was doing and giving her adoring looks from afar.) Whoever directed this MV knows how to capture that hopelessly-heart-eyes-for-you vibe, and Chuu is so very good at making heart eyes.

If you want an instant lift to your mood, you need to check out “Heart Attack” and bask in its please-notice-me-and-love-me-*crying face* energy. I’ll be sure to check out the group when they finally debut as a whole.

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Kpop Friday: The Rose’s “Sorry”

Are you in the mood for desperately apologetic boys and slow rock songs? I know I am. Enter The Rose, a four-person band, and “Sorry,” the song they debuted with in August.

“Sorry” a solid debut that shows off the group’s strengths, both vocally and instrumentally. It isn’t particularly challenging, but there’s a good sort of familiarity to  the way the song progresses. I really like the guitarist’s raspy-ish voice, though I wish we’d gotten more harmonies in the vocals instead of passing the song back and forth between him and the keyboardist. The instrumentation is–well, you probably knew exactly from my first sentence what this song would sound like before you hit play. (Which I say with great love and enthusiasm. I’m on my thirty-seventh listen of this song.)

The MV is a low-budget affair filled with all sorts of familiar tropes, from boys being sad in the rain rain to roads leading nowhere to empty landscapes to pointless destruction of inanimate objects to mostly faceless women. It serves as a pretty good visual introduction to the group, with several lingering shots of the guys as they’re playing their instruments or being angsty.

If you are interested in adding more Korean bands to your playlist, you should give The Rose a shot. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to their second song.


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Kpop Friday: Seventeen’s “Clap”

After having an extremely off month, sometimes I just need to reset my brain with a song that can drag me out of my quarterly scheduled brain fog. Seventeen’s “Clap” is a short and sweet little number with some rock vibes that gets the heart going, and I’m very happy I ran across it.

The song is also, coincidentally, about pulling yourself out of those all-of-the-small-things-have-gone-wrong-generally-blah days, which is fitting for my current mood:

It’s alright, these things happen
Things get all tangled up
Like earphones in your pocket

Like when something stains your white shirt
When you have no money on your metro card
Always on days like this
It starts to rain before you go home (x)

My favorite part is definitely the pre-chorus. I love how the instruments fade back so the vocals can propel the song toward the high-energy chorus. (Especially the final time–congratulations on your falsetto, sir.)

The instrumental break is a small letdown since I was hoping for a fitting guitar solo. Either that or the song could have used a more attention-grabbing guitar line throughout. The chorus feels a bit repetitive by the third round despite some good ad-libbing–half the lines are just clap clap clap clap–but each of the song sections are varied and are tight enough that the song as a whole never drags.

“Clap” has earned a spot on my running/exercise playlist. While you’re deciding if it will make your music collection, please excuse me while I go wander through the rest of their videos…


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Kpop Friday: f(x)’s “4 Walls”

It has been a stressful week, and I needed a song that I could just relax to while sipping some hot chocolate and Bailey’s. “4 Walls” was the first pick on my kpop playlist, and it was exactly what I needed.

While I definitely love the happy, upbeat f(x) of “All Mine,” “4 Walls” is a much moodier song despite its heavy reliance on synth sounds. It starts out reserved, almost quiet, though the transition into the first chorus and then Amber’s rap verse quickly ramps up the song’s intensity. The vocal performances in this one feel very tightly controlled and deliberate, even though there are a number of adlibs and soaring/fluttering notes up above.

There are several great parts in this song, from the harmonies on the chorus to Amber’s lovely alto singing, though I think my absolute favorite part is the bridge. I love how it drops down bare-bones chimes, beat, and the melody and then slowly adds background vocals before going back to the full instrumentation.

The MV is fascinating, if a little incomprehensible for me. It feels more like an aesthetic than a coherent story–not that that’s a bad thing, far from it. There are lots of little clever moments where the camera cuts between members doing the same or similar actions, and I enjoyed how the transition from mundane reality to the magical forest was marked by a literal expansion of the world(/video). The MV is a little too muted for me to call it whimsical, but there is a subdued sense of wonder throughout.

You should definitely give “4 Walls” a shot if you haven’t already. It’s one of my favorites.

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Kpop Friday: 2PM’s “Come Back When You Hear This Song”

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today (and still having a Save Me hangover), so we’re looking back four years to one of my favorite 2PM songs. “Come Back When You Hear This Song” is a fairly straightforward regretting-the-breakup number, though it has a surprisingly upbeat tempo and melody for a song that is essentially wow, I was a piece of shit, please forgive me?

What should I do now that it’s too late
I regret that I let you go
Don’t have the courage to make you come back after making you cry
But give me one more chance

The MV itself has aged fairly well, and I still like the motif of the seven deadly sins and how each of the boys’ different sins drove the lady away. Interestingly, the lady being begged to return was associated with pride before the start of the song–did she need to get rid of it in order to leave in the first place? Or is ripping off that necklace what allowed her to come back at the end? I would definitely not go back to them if I were her, but hey, maybe she wants six rich boyfriends if they grovel a little. That’s her choice.

This isn’t the group’s most interesting choreography (and some of the moves haven’t aged well), but the MV does a pretty good job of conveying its simple story. “Come Back When You Hear This Song” is just easy and pleasant for me to listen to. It makes for some great background noise when I’m out and about or doing chores. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a chance–I think it’s worth four minutes of your time.

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Kpop Friday: BTS’s “Save Me”

I’ll be honest, the reason this song crossed my mind—besides it being good, of course—is because I just finished the drama Save Me yesterday. Plus, I’m always a sucker for love songs with a bit of desperation in them, so BTS’s “Save Me” felt like a great way to start the weekend.

First things first—whatever that little woodwind-y thing is in the background that’s doing the descant or whatever, I love it. I also don’t know anything about instrumentation, clearly. It pops in and out of the music almost like it’s soaring, and at points it is another voice to fill in what would otherwise be tedious breaks.

The rap verses are well done. Even though they’re quite lengthy, none of them kill the song’s momentum, and they’re all distinct and interesting to listen to. The guys also did an excellent job on the background harmonies, too—dare I say they’re even more beautiful than the solos?

The MV is fairly straightforward: one shot in a deserted, sandy(?) plain with an overcast sky and muted light. It fits the mood of the song well since “Save Me” is all about needing the listener’s love.

If you haven’t already contributed to one of the 138 million views the MV has, you should definitely check it out. “Save Me” is definitely going on one of my favorite playlists.

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Kpop Friday: Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor”

My neck of the woods suddenly dropped thirty degrees while raining buckets, and it has me missing summer something fierce. So I decided to pull out a song that I think has captured the essence of warmer days–bright colors, energy, and–most importantly–fun. Enter “Red Flavor,” which was Red Velvet’s offering in July of this year.

It’s an upbeat song that makes me wish I could dance. The rhythm is compelling, and even when they mix up the tempo, the slower sections don’t drag the song to a halt. I’m totally in love with the chorus (and the bridge), and this song is likely to be on my running and clean-the-house-fast playlists for the next year or more.

The more I listen to it, the closer it comes to edging out “Dumb Dumb” as my favorite of their songs. It doesn’t wear me as out like “Dumb Dumb” does, and I really enjoy their voices in this one. There’s just something bright and cheery about this song that keeps me coming back.

If you had told me “Red Flavor” was actually a CF for soft drinks or to promote imported fruit, I might have believed you. I’ve got no idea what all this fruit imagery is for, but it gives the MV bright splashes of color that aren’t too overwhelming. Their styling for this video is great (thank god they left their “Russian Roulette” hair behind), but I wish we had fewer interviewing giant pieces of fruit shots and more dance sections instead.

If you’re already missing summer, make sure to give “Red Flavor” a listen. It’s rapidly becoming one of my favorites for the year.

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Kpop Friday: Sunmi’s “Gashina”

First off, many thanks to SplashofInspiration for recommending the song. I’d heard two of Sunmi’s solo songs before and thought they were decent (and bought some Wonder Girls songs that I enjoyed), so I was optimistic about her newest offering. Spoiler alert: It’s fun.

I’ll admit “Gashina” wasn’t my thing initially (tropical house generally isn’t), but it is  just the kind of song that can grow on you. The beat is catchy, and since the song stays mostly in Sunmi’s lower-to-mid register, it’d be pretty easy to sing along with.

If you don’t speak Korean, you’ll definitely want to turn on the subtitles. It really enhanced my perception of the song (and appreciation for the MV). I’ll admit to giggling over the fact that the narrator just doesn’t understand why her milkshakes aren’t keeping this man in her yard anymore:

Everyone wants to smell my fragrance.
Why are you the only fool who doesn’t smell it?
Have you gone crazy?
Why are you leaving such a beautiful woman like me behind?

I don’t know, Sunmi. I hope you find a better guy who appreciates you more.

The music video is an often silly, sometimes sexy, kaleidoscope of colors and concepts. I have two main complaints: the opening is too long, and we barely get to see any of the choreography. (So here, have a comeback stage.) That said, the visuals are striking, and I think the MV lends the song a bit of a comedic air in concert with the lyrics.

If you’re a fan of Sunmi or her old group, you should give the song a listen:

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