What I've been listening to this month:
I swear, Dean can do no wrong with his collaborations. I included his track with Zico and Crush two posts back, but this track showcases his dreamy voice more, and it's with Baek Yerin, whose voice is also so incredibly soothing (my favorite song of hers is "Across the Universe"). The simple space-themed, moving-scribbles music video is entrancing in its own right too. All in all, a perfection addiction to my "Take A Breather" Spotify playlist.
Have I talked about how low-key obsessed I've become with Red Velvet? Now I have. I think my obsessions with boy groups will always be more intense (lolol), but Red Velvet's slowly making their way up there. It makes sense too cause Red Velvet hasn't "boxed themselves" in to the traditional girl group concepts of overtly sexy or cute explosion — their quirky, colorful sound (same goes for outfits + hair) have drawn both girl and boy fans, which is pretty rare from what I can tell (like the majority of Korean fans are the opposite sex of the group they stan). This interview from Dazed goes more in-depth on all of that. I have a thing with disliking songs when they first come out only to listen to them nonstop ~4 months later. "Russian Roulette" might be my fav (I currently have a YouTube "russian roulette dance tutorial" search tab open, but TBD if I actually try to learn the choreo), but I like their b-tracks just as much, like "Lucky Girl" and "Happily Ever After" (the latter more than the title track, "Rookie"). Also, I've decided I'm going to dye my hair like Irene's, so look forward to that, I guess.
At this point, anything Taeyeon sings is magical, but I'll be hard-pressed to find something that beats 11:11 in my heart. While I'm not so much of a fan of "I Got Love" (I think artists can and should experiment with different images/concepts all they want; I'm just not particularly drawn to an edgier Taeyeon), "Fire" is more my style (especially with that guitar riff at the beginning — is that the right term?) reminds me of an early 2000s Michelle Branch or Vanessa Carlton song (I feel like there's an even better songstress to reference and it bothers me I can't think of one). Anyways, I'll need to delve more into her album to find what other songs I like. I've been listening to the title track "Fine" quite a bit too, but it's just...fine. I don't have any strong opinions, but I think "Fire" is stronger and more diverse vocally. I think Taeyeon mentioned that this is her first music video filmed entirely in Korea, which makes sense just watching it. It's simple, but makes me want to visit all the more.
Ok, how can I not add this? I won't ramble on about it, but the choreography/cinematography (the bird's eye view on them dancing on that huge reflective surface...I can't) is killer and fight me if you think otherwise. I might have played this MV upwards of 20 times the day it came out (it's almost at 50 million views now, daaaang). I also haven't been feeling the best lately, so as one Tumblr user said, "self-care is listening to 'Not Today' until you go deaf." Actually.
Here's one more to round out the list — so fun and upbeat. More of the image I have of Block B in general, and kind of the polar opposite of "Toy" (although I like that song more).
Btw, this video makes me want to investigate K-pop's popularity in Korea vs. the world even more. Is the music more charming to foreigners than Koreans? If I grew up in Korea, would I think K-pop is overrated and roll my eyes whenever I hear it playing at the gym (though I'd probably not be at the gym to begin with...a shopping mall or beauty shop would be more accurate)? I do think being an ~outsider~ lends itself to a level of ~fascination~ that comes with not being bombarded with it, if that makes sense. Anyways, what I hope to show through my blog / general whatever, is that my fascination goes beyond a surface-level type of thing that's just like, "oooh, flashy music videos."
Yoooo, I'm also so excited about the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, mostly because Constance Wu is playing Rachel Chu but also because this cast is clearly being very thoughtfully chosen, so big shout-out to Jon M. Chu.