In the second half of 2018 I've taken a big dive into Kpop (Korean pop) and have been enjoying finding great songs that are in part both familiar and unusual at the same time. I've posted some in the music and video threads, but figured I'd start a thread just for this genre.
Like everyone, I knew the song Gangnam Style from 2012. But that wasn't enough to prompt me to search further into the genre. It wasn't until I saw this video on Youtube's trending...
...that I thought, I want to know more about this. First, who are the members of this group so I can discuss them by name, then what else have they done, then what else is out there that I might like. (Incidentally, this music video became the first K-pop girl group video to get over 500 million views on Youtube.)
One thing Kpop tends to do is borrow from multiple genres and will often mix things up in the same song. So something bright and poppy can suddenly take on dark electronic tones with an aggressive rap or vice versa.
A good example is Exo's hit "Tempo"
This song switches from pop to a weird electronic voice to rap and back again, then towards the end takes a sharp turn into acapella.
If you watch those videos you'll notice another common tread in Kpop. They sing mostly in Korean, but they will randomly switch to English at times. Which is done in part to make it catchy, and to appeal to a wider world audience. For some reason all my friends that I've tried to introduce into to kpop have all been confused by this at first.
I tend to enjoy the female groups over the male (I've always been this way- in the 80s I was all about Pat Benatar or The Go-Gos over Def Leppard or Whitesnake) but have found a few songs from male groups I enjoy (Tempo being one of those).
My current favorites besides BlackPink are Red Velvet, Loona and EXID.
Anyone else care to share their experience, or their recommendations?