Kpop music thread. Stan talent, Stan-all.

Tscott wrote:

BiBi released a 5 song EP today, called Life Is a Bi..., but it's so short- every song is about 2 and a half minutes or less. Bad Sad And Mad is one of the longest at 2:34. I do wonder if there is some censoring that went on with the BSAM MV that made it so short, because the vid and the lyrics are pretty NSFW.

Damn, this stinks because this EP kicks ass. I wish it was longer!

ITZY- In the morning

This is a pretty big change up in ITZY’s sound. I can’t say I’m a fan on first listen.

Dyni wrote:

ITZY- In the morning

I was just coming to post this, but had to watch it a few times first to let it sink in. I love the video. Still trying to grasp the song but I'm leaning positive towards it.

Oh My Girl - Dun Dun Dance

I'm surprised how many decent English versions of songs there's been in Kpop lately. Now here's ITZY with Mafia In the Morning (English ver.)

New music!

Fromis_9 - We Go

Rocket Punch - Ring Ring

aespa - Next Level

And it looks like Kpop releases are gonna be packed through the end of the month and into June, with new songs by Everglow and GWSN next week, Joy (of Red Velvet) solo on the 31st, and Twice and Mamamoo next month. (And probably more releases I'm forgetting or currently unaware of)

GFriend disbanding

Sad to see it, but at the same time, every group will end one day and the members will explore new opportunities. So, happy for them, too.

Everglow - First

GWSN - Like It Hot

Joy - Hello

I just got back from a long overdue vacation, and so besides the 3 new releases I was looking out for (posted above) I wasn't delving too deep in kpop. If I missed anything good, let me know.

Also, the 'KCON official' youtube channel has just posted a LOT of content from their KCON:TACT shows that they had during 2020. I *think*(?) they were originally PPV events. They can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/KCON/videos

I've only watched the first LOONA compilation so far, but there's a ton of other stuff, ITZY, SUNMI, MAMAMOO, GFRIEND, DREAMCATCHER, EVERGLOW, IZ*ONE, ATEEZ and more. It'll keep me busy for a while that's for sure.

...Oh yeah, I almost forgot because I was at the airport when I saw this: LOONA just announced today their next album, "&", will be out on 6/28- I am so excited. There have been a lot of hints that they may have all 12 members involved in these release (Haseul has been not participating since the Butterfly promotions ended) so we'll see if that's actually true.

Mamamoo - Where Are We Now

Mamamoo is usually pretty hit and miss for me, but I really like that one.


And here's a few recent releases I've enjoyed.

Cha ga eul & Jang Sae byeok - Make me cry

Everglow - Please Please

Harrianne - Loop

TWICE - Alcohol-Free

So I like Twice and it's great to see Jeongyeon back in the lineup. But I'm not really feeling this one.

I like it. It's very laid back and summery. I will admit that it doesn't have the impact of most Twice title tracks, but I enjoy it for what it is.

Honestly, that might be it. They've been rolling with Fancy, Feel Special, and Can't Stop Me so the tonal shift seems kind of jarring. Considering my favorite TWICE song is Heart Shaker, this one might just grow on me.

I liked it. It's nothing earth shattering, but it's good, and a welcome shift back from some of their more recent songs. I really like their older tone and this feels a little more of a call back to that, with a lighter breezy tone to it.

Loona gets a kidshow collaboration.

Loona X Cocomong (featuring Yeojin, Choerry, Go Won and Kim Lip) : Yum-Yum

Brave Girls - Chi Mat Ba Ram

Their first comeback since Rollin' became a viral hit 4 years after it's release.

Pink Fantasy - Poison

LOONA - PTT (Paint The Town)

Spoiler:

I like it but that chorus gives me serious Everglow vibes, but it's Loona doing that...

Long time no post I haven't had much time to explore any music for the last six weeks, so I have been totally out of the loop on new releases. Now that the weather by me is finally okay to start running outside again, I'll start catching up on everything I've missed.

It looks like the first big thing I missed was the disbanding of Gfriend. It's nice that the situation looks to be much more of an amicable arrangement than other breakups in kpop, but it still bums me out. I found their debut song, Glass Bead, a couple of days after it released. It was the catalyst for me diving deep into this rabbit hole. I liked the song right away, but I remember that the memorable choreography was a big part of what hooked me. It's still one of my favorite dances in kpop:

Tscott wrote:

LOONA - PTT (Paint The Town)

This also gives me serious Everglow vibes. The beginning of that chorus slightly brings down what is otherwise a really enjoyable song for me. I bet it'll grow on me after a few more listens because I like that section a lot more in the outro with the extra percussion and bass layers on it.

While I'm definitely liking it more than their last two title tracks, it's still not close to Butterfly for me. I heard that they had some kind of change in creative direction after Butterfly. Does this mean the ethereal, airy sound of past Loona title tracks isn't coming back? They've proven that they can pull off girl crush, but there are already so many other groups doing a similar concept. I was hoping Loona would stick with something closer to their original concept or iterate on the concept they developed for Butterfly because I can't think of any other groups that sounded quite like them. Their B-sides have mostly been closer to that ethereal sound I'm thinking of, so as long as it lives on there, I can't complain.

The Twice production machine keeps on churning. Their new Japanese single is a different sound for them:

And just to prove how truly out of it I've been, Dreamcatcher is 6 epidodes into their own reality show, and I haven't seen any of it yet!

Dyni wrote:

While I'm definitely liking it more than their last two title tracks, it's still not close to Butterfly for me. I heard that they had some kind of change in creative direction after Butterfly. Does this mean the ethereal, airy sound of past Loona title tracks isn't coming back?

I'd also love to get another Butterfly. It's still my favorite title track. After "Why Not", they did release the video for "Star" which was definitely more of the "traditional" Loona sound and I adored it, and it actually got them a little top 40 radio play here in the US.

I think between Butterfly and So What two things happened. 1) they lost their creative director, Jaden Jeong. He was supposedly a big part of what became the "Loonaverse" and when he left he took an albums worth of ballads that Loona had worked with him on. And 2) they had the success of their dance covers for BTS - Fire and NCT127 - Cherry Bomb. That gained them such notoriety that Lee Sooman, former CEO of SM Entertainment, wanted to work with them on their next comeback. Thus the focus the harder hitting songs. They were doing (outdoing?) the choreographies of boy groups, and I think it's been a good thing for them in South Korea. They're making a name for themselves now when before they were mostly known outside of Korea.

Personally I'm torn. I'd be fine with the title tracks being harder hitting but I've also always wanted more solo/sub-unit stuff from them like their pre-debut songs. If I had my way, they'd be doing stuff like Paint the Town for their title track, but also devote half the songs on their albums to solos, duets and a sub-unit stuff, and there would be a steady stream of (lower budget) music videos released for those.

Would you rather have a Pool Party with Brave Girls or Break Ice with ITZY and Second Aunt KimDaVi? Luckily we don't have to choose. We can see both!

Brave Girls - Pool Party (Feat. E-CHAN of DKB) MV

Second Aunt KimDaVi x ITZY - Break Ice

Having learned the Brave Girls story, I will throw them as many views as I can. Even if I don't like the song, they deserve it.

Tscott wrote:

I think between Butterfly and So What two things happened. 1) they lost their creative director, Jaden Jeong. He was supposedly a big part of what became the "Loonaverse" and when he left he took an albums worth of ballads that Loona had worked with him on. And 2) they had the success of their dance covers for BTS - Fire and NCT127 - Cherry Bomb. That gained them such notoriety that Lee Sooman, former CEO of SM Entertainment, wanted to work with them on their next comeback. Thus the focus the harder hitting songs. They were doing (outdoing?) the choreographies of boy groups, and I think it's been a good thing for them in South Korea. They're making a name for themselves now when before they were mostly known outside of Korea.

Ah, that makes sense. I knew they had a much larger international fan base, but I wasn't sure how the new stuff was landing in Korea relative to previous title tracks. I'm not too familiar with the details of the Loonaverse stuff, but I did recognize the outfit and circle stage from Kim Lip's Eclipse in the bridge of PPT. That's my favorite Loona solo, so I've seen the video enough times for that stage and outfit to stick with me. I'm sure there are plenty of other references that I don't recognize.

And yeah, I liked Star quite a bit too. I just wasn't thinking of it as a title track.

New Heize release from a few weeks ago!

Here's Loona performing their all English B-side from this album; Dance On My Own

Also a charming and hilarious behind the scenes video was filmed where we find out whose face is featured on a number of Loona's phone, and with an absolutely hilarious Chuu at the end.

Jeon Soyeon (of (G)I-dle) - Beam Beam

Day6 - Right Through Me

Taeyeon - Weekend

Minzy - TEAMO

(due to how they stylized the title, I read it as "Team-O", but it's "te amo" ("I love you" in Spanish)

AKMU - 전쟁터 (it looks like this translates to battleground or battlefield)

I love the vibe of this song. As for the meaning of the MV, this is in the video description:

Lee Chanhyuk: "Tragically, our childhood is built on the bones of a battlefield, and we learn to win. More people than you think know what's important, but nevertheless, life like this war doesn't end there".

The official video of 'Battlefield' reinterprets the lives of adults through the eyes of children. Although blood and bullets do not appear, complex emotions such as frustration and despair in a situation — no different from war, and longing for a peaceful everyday life are portrayed.
- NAVER

It looks like AKMU is releasing a video for each of the seven songs on their new album. Exciting!