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).
So I’ve been super confused this past week because I’ve been getting referrals from a website I’ve never visited before: http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/. The major confusion section was that I had no idea where the link was. I was like “was I referenced in a review,” and I was secretly crossing my fingers that it wasn’t a review trashing my opinion. Cause referrals are referrals but I have hopes and dreams and feelings too. But I guess I’m in the cool kids club cause my blog link is in the sidebar. Well that’s pure magic.
While exploring the cool kids club I noted that not only do they ninja advertize blergs like mine, they also ninja advertise kpop in a “we’re going to review every music evar even if they don’t speak English.” (A message to them: Culcha Candela will be back together in 2014, check out some German dancehall [make sure to read up by listening to Hamma!].) I think that’s a phenomenal way to shift modern music tastes towards a global perspective, and let me tell you, I will be checking up on this review website often. What’s pretty cool is each review gets a statement and a rating from about 8 different people from (it seems) different perspectives. I feel like this gets rid of the “hipster snobbery” and bias that I see so often in Kpop. It makes the focus on the music and not on the idols and the video, which is something I love.
Kpop Music Video: Day 4
“Pinocchio (Danger)” by F(x) under SM Entertainment
F(x) is a 5 member girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2009. The leader’s name is Victoria Song, hailing from China. Krystal is the younger sister of Jessica from Girl’s Generation. Sulli had starred in a Korean drama as a child and Luna has appeared on many variety shows and acted in musicals. Amber was raised in California, and is only conversationally fluent in Korean. Pinocchio (Danger) is the first single off of their 3rd album.
Looking fashionable is a large part of being a Kpop idol, like any American celebrity. However, fashion in Korea leans slightly more to the eccentric, because Kpop stars that push the fashion envelope get even more famous for their wardrobe choices. When thinking about both the positives and negatives of Kpop fashion, my thoughts turn towards the band F(x). The fashion choices in all of their songs seem to cater to the individual styles of each star. For example, Amber wears either flat tops or wedges, never high heels. She also doesn’t seem to wear dresses or very tight fitting clothing, which lends to her tomboyish style. On the other hand, Sulli is often in short puffy skirts, cute hair styles and bright jewelry, because she has a more girly style. Each girl wears clothing that (would seem to me at least) fit their personality and make them feel comfortable. On the other hand, the patterns and colors in their clothing can be off putting, and unnatural. I would be hard pressed to wear the shirt that looks like a roller from a car wash that Krystal wears in this video, and the spiky football pads that Luna wears are slightly over the top. I applaud SM Entertainment for allowing each member to keep their individual style choices in these videos, but I hate that they seem to smother in style.
Kpop Music Video: Day 1
“Gee” by SNSD under SM Entertainment
This music video is the second most watched Kpop video on Youtube, coming second only to the most watched video on Youtube: “Gangnam Style”. The band is called So Nyeo Shi Dae (소녀시대), which is abbreviated to SNSD and translates into English as Girl’s Generation. The nine members are most noted for making cuter music videos than some of their Kpop counterparts, however, their music style has evolved since this 2009 video.
There are many popular Kpop videos that I could have started my list with; I chose this video because it was the video that inspired me to look for more music in this genre. While it is not the first Kpop song I listened to, or my favorite band, I think fondly back to the first time I heard it as the start of my Kpop journey.