Tag Archives: Music Videos

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

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K-Feminist: Whatcha lookin’ at? My eyes are up here. (Spica’s “I Did It”)

That title comes from the lyrics of Spica’s English debut song “I did it” which was just released today. I felt a feminism segment coming for a long time, and it can’t be easier when I have lyrics to analyze along with the presentation for the video. If you wanna follow along, click here for a link to color coded lyrics.

Spica’s English debut single is one where it says one thing and shows the other. Now I know that as a woman I have the agency to wear whatever the fuck I want to to make me feel sexy, confident, etc. I also know that kpop stars surrender their agency to their literal agency. For Spica this is B2M entertainment, who also manages Lee Hyori. Now in the past, Hyori and Spica have been portrayed (whether it be by their own request or by the agency’s desires) as strong, independent women in videos such as “Bad Girls” and “You don’t love me”, but the English translations for the lyrics don’t quite make that same mark. “Bad girls” is a guide book on how to be a bad girl in order to be more attractive to men with lines like “Look a bit far ahead, walk a bit fast/Show just a little skin to be sexy” and “The heroine of a movie may be like an angel/But the bad girl next to her is more attractive”. You don’t love me is a distraught woman getting rid of a relationship; the lyrics would have been much more empowering without the breakdown where they repeat “I need you, love love.” This new single fixes the lack of agency in the lyrics, where the whole anthem in the song is that “I did it for me”. Can’t get much more empowering than ‘the only thing in my life that effects my decisions is my own damn opinion.’

But after you get past the lyrics, you watch the video. Now I’m ok with the outfits, I’m ok with the dance. The problem is in the editing, where the video literally embodies what feminism calls “the male gaze”.  Juhyun, you ask me where I’m looking, and tell me that your eyes are up here. Let me inform you that the video is cut in such a way that the only way I can watch it is to look at your legs, or to watch every part of you dance but where your eyes are located. I never object to a shot of someone’s legs when the lyrics point to shoes, but this whole video was a series of disjointed body parts. The lyrics state that “I don’t care what you want me to be” but this whole video turned your image into one of an object, a faceless idol that could be replaced by any band anywhere.

This is what half of the video looks like. Really.
This is what half of the video looks like. Really.

B2M has shown through their lyrics and their idol’s images that they want to make the the strong independent women the sexy woman, and I am more than happy to support that line of thinking. I just hope that next video can be one where the lyrics are more like “I did it” and the video is more like “You don’t know me”. Spica certainly has the talent to rise above pandering and I hope they do so.

❤ Rebecca

 
 

Saranghae: Block B’s “Her”

Is there anything better than a kpop band who’s leader writes and produces their own songs? Since the lawsuit with their former entertainment company, Block B has become synonymous with the word authentic when it comes to kpop entertainers in my mind. This latest video is Block B’s way of taking on the aegyo concept and smashing it out of the park with pure ridiculous.

You too can dye your hair and clothes with the power of ridiculous for one lowwwwwww payment.
You too can dye your hair and clothes with the power of ridiculous for one lowwwwwww payment.

The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was the cut in the music to go to the fake variety show, but the only reason I didn’t like it is because I don’t like cuts in the music for music videos. The idea that they were trying to show at the end was that there are really three Block Bs. There’s the idols, the performers and the musicians, and the latter two want to be taken more seriously than the former. They’re goofballs but they’re real musicians and don’t forget it. Or Zico will go aegyo on your ass.

Hey Zico Zico ni, let me high five you in the face. See even the subtitles know what you're about.
Hey Zico Zico ni, let me high five you in the face. See even the subtitles know what you’re about.

All in all, this is the type of Kpop video I want. Sexy is sexy, but hilarity trumps that any day.

 ❤ Rebecca

10 About: Girl’s Day’s “Darling (달링)”

Girl’s Day’s “Darling (달링)”
The video in 10 pictures. Here we go!

"Are you ready?" she says as I take this screenshot. No, apparently I am not. That is a mighty awkward screen shot.
“Are you ready?” she says as I take this screenshot. No, apparently I am not. That is a mighty awkward screen shot.
This girl's day video is brought to you by sass, hair rollers, and butts.
This girl’s day video is brought to you by sass, hair rollers, and butts.
But then again, when isn't it a girl's day video without butts. Just clasp and shake. The rest of the dance was lovely and 50's inspired.
But then again, when isn’t it a girl’s day video without butts. Just clasp and shake. The rest of the dance was lovely and 50’s inspired.
Someone with hair experience tell me why you need to curl the bangs with a different roller. And also, what are those barbell curlers?
Someone with hair experience tell me why you need to curl the bangs with a different roller. And also, what are those barbell curlers?
I would also say something about the dresses being too short, but I think they have shorts attached and I also think they're adorable.
I would also say something about the dresses being too short, but I think they have shorts attached and I also think they’re adorable.
I think what gets me about all the body parts shots is that there's so many great ways to show off idols in a way that gives them a personality.
I think what gets me about all the body parts shots is that there’s so many great ways to show off idols in a way that gives them a personality.
This is one of them. More of this, less of disembodied leg.
This is one of them. More of this, less of disembodied leg.
This one takes my breath away. I would say literally, but you would probably think I'm being facetious. Really, It makes me stop and manually breathe.
This one takes my breath away. I would say literally, but you would probably think I’m being facetious. Really, It makes me stop and manually breathe.
I do think they're getting better about showing personality. They interacted much more with the camera than normal.
I do think they’re getting better about showing personality. They interacted much more with the camera than normal.
It's probably because it's a summer song, but I would go so far as to say it is THE summer song. It reminded me of Sistar's "Loving U" and now it will probably be stuck in my head all week.
It’s probably because it’s a summer song, but I would go so far as to say it is THE summer song. It reminded me of Sistar’s “Loving U” and now it will probably be stuck in my head all week.

Please check it out here:

Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

❤ Rebecca

Back after a month long haitus

Oh hello there. Sorry for the silence. This past month I’ve been putting in full hours at work, and I’ve been focusing hard on the Us Nasties group (Eat Your Kimchi’s US Fan page), because we had a meet and greet in LA for 80 people this past week. I never knew how involved gathering large amounts of people would be, and I didn’t even have to do most of the work. DAMN SON. That and I went to AnimeNext and put together some cosplays. I don’t have a picture of one; I walked around with a shirt that had the word “Life” on it and I gave out lemons. The other two:

This is Miss Fortune "Mafia Skin" from League of Legends. I had to use nerf guns instead of replica tommy guns =(
This is Miss Fortune “Mafia Skin” from League of Legends. I had to use nerf guns instead of replica tommy guns =(
This one is a character from Genshiken. I wasn't recognized the entire con, but I really liked the wig, so I'm figuring out where else I can use it.
This one is a character from Genshiken. I wasn’t recognized the entire con, but I really liked the wig, so I’m figuring out where else I can use it.

In my defense, I didn’t miss much. I don’t report on scandals, and this month was a whole bunch of scandals and not a lot of any type of music that I enjoyed. I am happy that I’m getting back right before the F(x) drop and I’m hoping that we’ll get some good kpop soon. I’ve been very unimpressed this year with releases. These are the songs that I enjoyed during my break:

This first one is 8Dayz by Megan Lee. I didn’t notice it until about a week ago, when I heard the English version, but it actually came out mid May. I like that the English version doesn’t have the rap section, which in Junhyung’s defense was not bad. I just thought it didn’t mesh with the rest of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMxW57JjunE

I liked Ukiss’ Don’t Play, and would have been much more comfortable with the song if it didn’t seem like it was being promiscuous for the sake of doing so. I was not able to suspend disbelief that I was watching something that contained over dramatized characters, and the female character was cemented into my brain as an object rather than a person with agency. That and Eli’s rap was not something I enjoyed. However, the chorus, versus and instrumentals were enough for me to include it on this list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0pJ-mBHiV0

Then I had Eyes, Nose, Lips by Taeyang. I love the song, and the video is shot in such a way that it makes you focus on the song. I just wish there was something slightly more dynamic about the video. Because I can’t understand the lyrics, it’s a song that I play in the background and I don’t watch the video itself, meaning that when I think of good releases this past month, it takes me a second to remember it was released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwuAPyOImoI

Lastly, I found Tablo’s cover of Eyes, Nose, Lips riveting. This must be what Taeyang’s video did for people who understand Korean, because the writing in the verses was better than I expected it to be. “They say time flies, but you keep breaking its wings.” “No cure, no rehab for me/ Funny how you got the nerve to keep asking me/ How I’ve been. You’re the victor in this pageantry/ But the only trophy you deserve? Catastrophe.” It’s not impeccable, but it certainly exceeded expectations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhc_UpS6U3Y

I saw AOA’s short hair. Didn’t really have feelings either way for it. Hangover made my ears bleed. Other songs didn’t make it on my radar.

What did I miss in the kpop world? Anything stunning I need to look at now? Also, any suggestions of what to cosplay as using that short strawberry blond wig?

❤ Rebecca