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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.

Buy “4 Walls” on iTunes || Buy the 4 Walls album on Amazon
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Kpop Friday: f(x)’s “All Mine”

A lot of the people that I follow on Twitter are what I would consider fans of kpop–they’ve got their favorite groups, they have bias lists, they get really excited about comebacks and stages and concerts. I’m a casual fan in pretty much everything, and I have a limited amount of data that I come perilously close to consuming every month. As such, I don’t often click on video links when I’m on Twitter via my phone (read: 90% of my Twitter consumption), so I don’t wind up listening to a lot of new music when it comes out.

But I needed a song for today, and I remembered that people on my feed had been saying great things about f(x)’s new song, so I thought I’d check it out. Readers–that was one of the best decisions I’ve made all week.

All Mine

“All Mine” is a breezy, energetic love song that–no joke–I grinned the entire way through and then immediately hit replay. Then I looked up the lyrics and loved it even more for its bits of summer imagery and joyous you are all mine. The video itself is charming, what with the ladies doing a surprising amount of their own filming and not even being in the same physical space for the entire video. They just look like they’re having so much fun with the song–and I love ladies who look like they’re having fun.

All Mine

More songs like this, please, from f(x)–from everyone, really. Give me more bright, happy, enthusiastically in love.”All Mine” is going to the top of my kpop buy list.

Buy it on iTunes

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