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Back to blogging… eventually

So turns out i couldn’t handle the regularity that was required to write for a Kpop news site, so I left while still on good terms with the staff. I’m subbing on the regular and working weekends at the flower shop, so my days have gotten really early. I’m rarely staying up past midnight anymore. Fortunately for me, the snowmageddon that is NJ gave me a snow day today and a delayed opening tomorrow, so I can still be among the living. While i’m not ready to write another post yet, let me link you to some of the articles I wrote, so you can see what I was up to.

“Love Letter” by Uji from BESTie
“New Year’s Luck” by Kiha and the Faces
“Because of You” Acoustic version by Berry Good
“Gentleman” a cover of the Mamamoo song by eSNa
“Crazy” by 4minute
“Just” by ZionT and Crush

And many more. You can check out my whole list here

Hopefully I’ll write for you guys again soon, but for now, I’m back =)

❤ Rebecca

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Mamamoo’s “Piano Man” might be the best Kpop MV of 2014

I’m calling this years recap early. This is a heavyweight song coming out of a rookie group, with styling that is classic and sultry. It takes everything I love about Spica and combines it with Secret’s “Poison”.

I still have another month to be proven wrong, but it says a ton that this song is currently knocking Spica out of the number one spot they’ve held since January. If you’ve listened to Mamamoo before this, they had some incredible vocal work on their previous songs that should be checked out. This song was much more dynamic than it’s predecessors, using changes in dynamics, tempo and musical stylings to add interest. But why have me talk about that when you can have a independent American pop producer and Kpop fan gush about the musical superiority of this song:

I watch all of his reviews now cause he gives words to why I don’t like some comebacks and debuts. He’s the one that made me listen to this song and now I can’t stop playing it, my bf can’t stop playing it and we’ve already started to irritate his roommates. Job well done Mamamoo, I might become a moomoo when all is said and done (best fan group name btw).

❤ Rebecca

Saranghae: Purfles “1,2,3”

I think this is a perfect example of a over talented trio plagued by a stupid name. This song came out 6 days ago and just recently broke 100,000 views and I suspect there’s no hype because Purfle sounds strangely like the sequel to a Furby. It’s not, and it’s not even a poorly done translation of the English word Purple. A purfle is an ornamental design especially seen on the back of a violin. You know why I knew that? I looked it up and I bet most other people will have to do the same; purfle is not a common word. But their song tho:

The song is relatively simple, deep booming bass, simple rhythm and all the trimmings included in typical club music. Their vocals are typical for a Korean girl group until you get to the “nana” sections and the breakdown, where the harmonies kick in. It’s not the best thing since sliced bread, but it deserves more hype that 100k views in a week. I think I’m also a bit more hype about it because I can see them getting into even stronger vocals as more songs come out. We could have a tiny Spica on our hands, especially because their introduction sounds like this (only the first 10 seconds):

Also because their debut stage sounds rough but clearly not lipsynced. That ending flourish that wooyoung did after the breakdown was pretty damn cool.

As for the video itself, the club scene was ok, but please feed me workout videos all day long. Workout style shots celebrate the strength of the body, and the company shot them in greyscale, making the feel grittier and more raw. Even the shots featuring a body part typically panned or was shot in a wide angle, making the focus less on that particular body part and more on the act of working out. The ladies in this video are in control and I like that so much.

I can’t wait for their next song, and I look forward to more bands that sound like this and Kiss and Cry. This style needs to keep happening please.

❤ Rebecca

남주긴 아까워 by Spica S is a minor dissappointment

This is less of a review and more of an inquiry as to who else on the wordpress blogosphere feels the same way as me. To preface, I find it to be an enjoyable, well constructed song that just unfortunately sounded a lot more like Sistar than Spica. I like me some Sistar, but switching Sistar for Spica is like getting promised a well prepared steak and getting served M&Ms. Those two foods were picked because I feel like Spica has a meaty deeper tone that is full bodied, where Sistar is high and sugary. This song has low points (mostly the rap section) but stays extremely high and nasally throughout the chorus and most of the verses. I find that I can’t even enjoy the decently made music video, because I got something that was just so far away from what I wanted.

I think mostly it’s my fault. I really shouldn’t assume Spica – Boa is going to sound the same as Spica itself. The leader is an important voice to go without and I think that really impacted their sound. I also shouldn’t assume that Spica S SHOULD sound like Spica. Many sub units are formed simply because they want to take on a different sound, and many times I appreciate the branch from the original (looking at you Orange Caramel). I think my problem was I was thinking that this would be the opportunity for Spica’s members to shine while Boa wasn’t there, cause they would have a more generous line distribution. Instead I spent my time thinking about how much Bohyung sounded like Hyorin, how Juhyun sounded like Bora and how the other two just melted into the background. Very much standard Sistar.

To compare here is the song:

Here is Spica’s most popular song according to peak number in Korean charts:

And here is Sistar’s most popular song based on number of digital downloads (because Sistar has multiple number 1 songs):

Want to refute my opinion? Agree with me? Let me know if I’m going crazy or not, please.

❤ Rebecca

Saranghae: Kara’s “Mamma Mia”

I didn’t know how I felt about Mamma Mia. I really liked the song, but was it really worthy of a post about it when I am equally obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new single right now? Last night I accidentally stayed up until 4am watching live stages, dance versions and MR removed videos of this single, and I might be in love with it. I know many Kamilia’s and even casual fans are mad about Jiyoung and Nicole being gone, but I think its a blessing in disguise since now Nicole gets to go solo and Jiyoung is going to start up acting, which is what I believe she always wanted to do. Plus old members get more screen time, and the new Kara member Youngji has a surprisingly strong voice. I can’t wait until she gets more comfortable with being on stage so she can get some more time belting out lines.

Here’s the MV:

And here’s a live version with the MR removed:

I’m excited for the new Kara. =)

❤ Rebecca