Saranghae: Super Junior M “Swing”

I’m always in a conundrum as to what constitutes Kpop. Kpop has so many different sounds that it’s hard to define the musical genre, but is it the genre that makes something Kpop and not the language? I’m inclined to agree, since I think that even though bands like SNSD have a different sound when they go to Japan, they’re definitely not making music in the Jpop style.

Anyway, I digress. I’m really digging the sound of Super Junior M’s single “Swing, save maybe the dubstep breakdown. I also enjoy the video editing; it saves it from the boring box feel. It seems to be done by the same team that did the dance version of EXO’s Growl, and both of the 2014 TVXQ releases. It sacrifices quality, since the zooms are not done during filming, so the close ups are not any better quality than the wide frames, but it’s not dull.

Watch after the song ends too. The ending sequence is just full of ridiculous.

This pretty much sums it up, actually.
This pretty much sums it up, actually.

❤ Rebecca

10 about: Orange Caramel’s “Catallena (까탈레나)”

Orange Caramel’s “Catallena (까탈레나)”
The video in 10 pictures. Here we go!

Orange caramel have graduated from being table tennis gods. They're mermaids now.
Orange Caramel have graduated from being table tennis gods. They’re mermaids now.
Who get captured and sold to a sushi mart.
Who get captured and sold to a sushi mart.
And are turned into sushi pieces
And are turned into sushi pieces
The people at the sushi restaurant are also matching pieces on the conveyer belt.
The people at the sushi restaurant are also matching pieces on the conveyer belt.
This is by far my favorite piece.
This is by far my favorite piece.
At the end of the video they consume themselves in sushi form.
At the end of the video they consume themselves in sushi form.
After they do so, they gain the perspective of their fish form.
After they do so, they gain the perspective of their fish form.
This is one of the patrons at the sushi restaurant. Please take this picture and give him speech bubbles.
This is one of the patrons at the sushi restaurant. Please take this picture and give him speech bubbles.
Well that's adorable.
Well that’s adorable.
I would definitely eat more sushi if it looked like that.
I would definitely eat more sushi if it looked like that.

And the video:

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10 About: 2ne1’s “Happy”

2ne1’s “Happy”
The video in 10 pictures. Here we go.

The "hope nobody can tell I'm biased" edition.
The “hope nobody can tell I’m biased” edition.
It's really more like the crazy colors, editing and hair edition.
It’s really more like the crazy colors, editing and hair edition.
I mean Dara really isn't happy about this.
I mean Dara really isn’t happy about this.
At least Minzy just got blue.
At least Minzy just got blue.
But they put CL in pigtails again.
But they put CL in pigtails again.
CL is a sad panda, YG. Fix that.
CL is a sad panda, YG. Fix that.
But somehow Bom always gets the really good hair.
But somehow Bom always gets the really good hair.
She does have to deal with the capes though. She does it spectacularly.
She does have to deal with the capes though. She does it spectacularly.
And I guess Dara gets to have normal hair too, after that mess in the beginning.
And I guess Dara gets to have normal hair too, after that mess in the beginning.
All in all, I'm just glad their back, craziness and all.
All in all, I’m just glad they’re back, craziness and all.

I liked “Come back home” more, but Happy has some really good shots, so I figured I’d capture that one too.

❤ Rebecca

10 About: 2ne1’s “Come Back Home”

2ne1’s “Come Back Home”
The video in 10 pictures. Here we go!

Well we start off with a fantastic, but stereotypical sci fi plot. The whole world is plugging into virtual reality, leaving real world to crumble.
Well, we start off with a fantastic, but stereotypical sci fi plot. The whole world is plugging into virtual reality, leaving real world to crumble.
Dara and her hubby capture the allure and heart break of it perfectly, since he's (probably) a druggie that wants to escape from his addiction, separating the couple.
Dara and her hubby capture the allure and heart break of it perfectly, since he’s (probably) a druggie that wants to escape from his addiction, while she’s left behind without him.
The four members of 2ne1 join virtual reality to pull everyone back home.
The four members of 2ne1 join virtual reality to pull everyone back home.
They're doing this by messing with the paradise everyone is addicted to.
They’re doing this by messing with the paradise everyone is addicted to.
I mean, just look at this science.
I mean, just look at this science.
It apparently makes Molotov cocktails.
It apparently makes Molotov cocktails.
I hypothesize that even though leader seems to be CL, it's Dara's relationship that starts the quartet's rebellion.
I hypothesize that even though leader seems to be CL, it’s Dara’s relationship that starts the quartet’s rebellion.
Bom distracts everyone with a performance while the other three trash the place.  Her words are probably broadcast too since that looks like the radio mic.
Bom distracts everyone with a performance while the other three trash the place. Her words are probably broadcast too since that looks like a radio mic.
The whole video was very bioshock meets futuristic. I was very pleased.
The whole video was very bioshock meets futuristic. I was very pleased.
And when I listened to it the first time, I thought the breakdown was out of left field. With the video, it was perfect.
And when I listened to it the first time, I thought the breakdown was out of left field. With the video, it was perfect.

A lot of people were laughing about YG’s “CGI” mishap, because SM entertainment used a very similar excuse when delaying their video. SM said that their footage got corrupted. I can totally see how the CGI could put a dent into 2ne1’s comeback, since it was an integral part of the video. I am so impressed with the quality of this video especially since 2ne1 seemed to be under performing for several years. Please enjoy it.

❤ Rebecca