“I can’t. I’m having a music burnout,” I said when my sister asked me to listen to a new band.
“Oh really?” was her response.
Sure enough, I crawled out of the hole that I was in from getting a job not many people agreed on and quit not long after. And I found this Kpop group called B1A4 from watching their latest release ‘Rollin’. They sure looked like another one of those BTS-types with snazzy artistic videos that had deep meanings.
It’s okay, I thought, taking in the One-Republic-vibes I was getting from the choir-heavy chorus. My gaze wandered to the side and I decided to watch their dance practice videos on a whim. I clicked on ‘Lonely’, the 2nd suggestion, because I don’t like clicking on 1st suggestions for some weird reason. Oh, what a sweet choice I made then.
I watched almost all of the dance videos, quickly falling for their unique dances and especially how most of their moves ‘hit’ the tempo/beat (forgive my poor musical language). Judging by my lack of balking at their music videos, I’d like to say they are a group of good-looking men (keke). Normally I cower behind my pillow when I watch new groups because some have fierce looks/features that just hit me. All of them are pretty easy on the eyes~
Gongchan, Sandeul, Jinyoung, Baro, CNU
I don’t know much about them because I’ve been busy trying to swallow down every performance video before the work week starts, but visually Gongchan caught my eye with his cute puppy eyes. Vocally, Sandeul is the one for me. Acting-wise, Baro impressed me with his emotion in the MVs. Surprisingly, I quickly warmed up to CNU, maybe because of his tall frame, energetic dancing and trot-like voice that reminds me of Heechul. As for Jinyoung, he’s pretty hard to miss and reading about his musical abilities made me look up to him. Since he wrote most of their songs, wow.. just wow, I love them so much.
Their sound is different with a lot of guitar-riffs and mid-tempo beats. Listen to ‘Tried to Walk’ and that’s the kind of soft spot I have for acoustic guitars. Their lyrics either break my heart to bits or lift my spirits to the sky. There is no in between. I can’t tell which song I like more than another so here I am, trying to repeat each song as many times because it’s that good.
I don’t know why but I love this MV so much?!! Or all of their MVs, to be honest, because they are generally so aesthetically pleasing to watch. And the boys are always so dramatic and into their roles~
This dorky dance put such a big smile on this depressed person’s face that I instantly knew I was going to fall harder for them. Fact: If I smile while watching your video, it means there’s a 99.9% chance that I’m in love with you. P.S. The ending verse is so freaking cute.
It’ll be illegal for me to not post my favorite dance video of 2017 so here it is.
Stop being so pretty, I can’t post enough of your pictures and videos, y’know!! Love ya, guys!
Here are my latest discoveries that you need to know about if you don’t already:
Tomorrow, Today – JJ Project
JJ PROJECT IS LOVE, JJ PROJECT IS LIFE. Does anyone even say that anymore? I don’t care because JB and Jinyoung are musical gifts to this world (and the cutest BFFs). Listen to this. This is the soundtrack of my 20s. If you don’t understand Korean, you have to read the lyrics to get what I mean. I love this song so much and am so happy they came back this summer with Verse 2.
K, now listen to the live version where their vocals shine through like diaaamonds, whatever that means. Also, their fashion concept for this album is so simple – I love. Jinyoung in white shirts is *___* and Jaebum with that too-cute hairstyle.
If you thought Tomorrow, Today was the best thing since GOT7, you’re in for a treat because Verse 2 has 6 other great tracks. My favorites are On&On and Don’t Wanna Know but I can’t skip any tracks when I start from the first track. Well done, Jinyoung and JB. Now when can I meet you to tell you that?
Love me, Love me – WINNER (aka the soundtrack of your summer)
Winner, if you’ve been reading my tweets, has slayed 2017. Does anyone even still use ‘slay’? Is ‘bae’ still relevant? Because Winner is. I love how they are now listed as Jinu, Hoony, Mino, and Yoon. So fun and easy to remember for people who have trouble with Korean names.
This song is so catchy and even though I thought it resembles Really, Really, it’s more of a cousin song than a sister song if you know what I mean. Both amazing but different. Watch the video for the guys in short shorts (okay, just Seunghoon but you know what I mean). My bias is Seungyoon even though Mino is a cutie. Yoon-ie forevah will be scratched onto a padlock and chained to a fence in Korea.
This song is from the latest album ‘Our Twenty For’ and the other title track is Island which is so-so only for me. You might end up liking Island more since I’ve seen a lot of comments saying they prefer Island. If you like both songs, welcome to the Inner Circle fandom, please feel free to ask me about all things WINNER.
Because YG makes epic dance practice videos and this one is no different. Just think of it as a music video spinoff haha. The fashion concept for this comeback is questionable but hey, I’ll take it along with Yoon’s killer vocals (and smile).
Ko Ko Bop – EXO
I still haven’t found out what Ko Ko Bop means. I just know that this song is the song that brought me to EXO. Once I heard this song… I knew. I don’t think I can be considered an EXO-L yet but I do like Chen and think he doesn’t get enough screen time?? I looked up some of their old MVs and Lotto is another song I dig.
This song is so sick, as one of my Japanese friends would say. The Eve is also not bad.
White Night – Taeyang (sadly, not a full track)
My goodness, August has been saturated with comebacks and I LOVE THEM ALL. Get ready to be mesmerized by Taeyang’s vocals. You’re welcome. Taeyang brings his emotions into his songs like no other and you can just feel how much work he put in and how proud he is of this album.
Here’s the full album. I love track 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7. My sister has been loving Darling but I just can’t fully get behind it. Maybe in time I will? The only 2 songs I don’t really like are the two title tracks :/ If you’re wondering where I’ll be, I’ll just be putting coins into my piggybank so that I can attend a Taeyang concert. Feel free to contribute.
Sorry – The Rose
I discovered this by accident – just mere clicking around. Thank you, Youtube suggestions, because this song is amazing (those husky voices tho). Ever since I discovered Day6, I have been on the subconscious prowl for Korean bands who do their thing well. No rapping, no dancing, just pure vocal and musical skillz. The Rose is one of them – celebrate!! So far, they only have one song out because they just debuted but I look forward to their future music.
Rain – KNK
And here we have vocal and musical skillz + dancing skillz. Be still, my heart. You can watch the MV with emo scenes of the boys or you can watch this kickass umbrella choreography video instead. You’re welcome. This is one of my favorite dances yet (did you even see that part where the umbrellas came up as wipers during Seungjun’s part?). I love the dapper concept for this comeback, too. KNK is also hilarious and such a fun group. If you haven’t heard, they are all super tall, wow them legs. Jihun needs more lines, to be honest.
Where are you? – CLC
Wow, is this really me? Have I found some girl groups that I like? Apparently! This 80s vibe is to my taste and I like the video concept, not overly sweet nor overly sexy.
Friday Night – SONAMOO
I haven’t listened to this song too much but I like it for the most part. The sexy concept is okay, not too bad. I haven’t done much digging into the girl groups yet and they are still pretty new so I’ll wait a bit before getting to know the members and watching the interview videos.
All Night – Girls’ Generation
I know my sister has been on the GG train for a while but it didn’t happen for me until this year’s 10th anniversary comeback. I know the girls’ names and faces through news articles and a few interview videos. It’s also nice to watch videos and learn what their personalities are like. Usually with younger groups, the members are afraid to be themselves or don’t know how to be themselves yet so it’s a bit awkward/boring.
Easy Love – SF9
Here are our favorite boys. I almost forgot to include them in this list! SF9 is <3. This song from start to finish is our jam. Other noteworthy songs: Fanfare, Roar, Watch Out, and K.O.
If you thought one Taeyang was enough, you’re in for a shock because a second Taeyang exists and he’s the freakin’ vocal AND dance line in SF9. Also has fab hair, a killer smile, and a cute BFF relationship with Hwiyoung. I love Yoo Taeyang, that is all. Inseong is the other vocal line to watch out for. Can’t wait for their comeback so that I can see more of these boys.
Look at my Taeyang with blue glitter hair.
Edit: Ah, yes, I forgot one more group.
Plz Don’t Be Sad – Highlight
I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Highlight (formerly known as BEAST). I saw this song a lot on Youtube but I dismissed it until I watched Highlight on Weekly Idol. They were hilarious on Weekly Idol and their poor Random Play Dance section reminded me of Big Bang’s. I’ll have you know that I shamelessly know the chorus dance to this song and made sure people at the fried chicken restaurant we went to last week knew that LOL. Calling You is equally good so check that out too.
I’m really loving their music as Highlight. I’ve read the comments on their videos and it really does seem like they are happier as a group under their own label now. Yay for breaking free and achieving the things you want to without someone pressing you down! Does anyone else agree that Junhyung resembles Douchin from Chemistry..?
Fiction – BEAST
And yeah, BEAST has some good songs. This is my favorite. I should listen to more of the other songs.. I remember 12:30 and Good Luck and Gotta Go To Work being pretty good.
I have peppered this post with as much slang as I currently possess in my slang arsenal because that’s how enthusiastic I am about this post!!
I haven’t said a lot about coming back but today, randomly, out of boredom, I opened my picture folder to peruse through recent photos.
I hit a photo that made me stop. It was a picture of us, taking a selfie with our car in the background. It was the day before we sold our car and even though I’m smiling in most of the pictures and even though I walked into the dealership with a cold expression, my heart was breaking.
If anyone were to ask me what the hardest thing I had to do throughout my years studying abroad was, my mind would answer: the first few weeks trying to look for a place to stay and setting up (bank accounts, phone lines, internet service, registering for classes, etc).
My heart would answer: selling my car.
Occasionally when I’m sitting in the car back here, I will start to remember what my car felt like. I will imagine the cloth seats and the slight scratchiness of the material, the way the steering wheel felt in my hands, the way my hand curled around the gear stick, the perfect positioning of the indicator and wiper switch that I could hit with just a flick of my wrist. I will think about the dashboard that I never put anything on, the AUX cable that would always get stuck between the passenger seat and gear area, and the touchscreen panel that I never appreciated enough. I try to picture myself in the driver’s seat again, try to pretend that I never left.
That car is my first love and even though there are plenty of cars to be driven and cared for, no car can replace the love I have for the first. And I’m 300% sure nobody will ever love that car the way I loved it.
I never knew bread could be funny but it’s become a joke now that we eat bread and butter while we’re on the road because there’s nothing else to eat if it’s not McDonald’s or Taco Bell. We’re always on a time crunch so bread is always the way to have something that is both filling and… tasteful (?) since it actually has flavor if you put butter or jam on it. Surfing gallien krueger at musiciansfriend.com doesn’t help me find a better lunch option, but I’m sure I’ll get to it soon.
So… how long has it been since I’ve written a proper post that isn’t about KPop? The new year, I’m thinking.
Here are some things that have happened:
Graduation. We did it. The slowpoke finally graduated. It was hard to watch my friends graduate a year or two ago but I’m happy with the way things turned out for me because college really is the best time to do a lot of things. Now that it’s over, it doesn’t feel read. It sure will feel real soon enough…
Watercolor fun. We painted cards for friends over spring break and it was so much fun. I never knew how to use watercolor but I’ve discovered that they are so fun and easy to use. You can’t really go wrong with diluting watercolor and making random drawings. I’ll see if I find the guts to post a picture of a card I made.
Kitchen adventures. Right now, I’m obsessed with the potato soup we made for the second time. It’s so chunky and luscious and I think it’s definitely healthier than those you get outside. We made too little and I keep wanting to make it again (with bacon but don’t tell anyone).
Travel. We have been hitting up national and state parks and they have all been wonderful. These city gals have been soaking up a lot of nature time which is something we don’t get a lot of back home. The drives are long and tiring and sometimes kind of unnerving (no cars in front or behind you for miles?!) but worth it!!
Post-graduation life decisions. Uhhh, don’t wanna talk about it.
Now that I have mastered the art of making my own granola bars, I’m no longer interested in the aisles where all kinds of snacks are sold. Homemade granola bars are the most amazing things ever because you can customize it with whatever you want, and the best part is when you use a no bake recipe. I told my close friend about it but she would rather read about boss loop station at guitarcenter.com so I moved on and continued searching for more recipes. One day, I’d like to try making granola bars with dried dates. I think that’d be really delicious.
Wow, if you thought ASTRO was a boy group to overlook because of their bright and cutesy school-boy image, you have another think coming (I read too much Enid Blyton as a kid). Between Victon and Astro, I’m having a good time discovering their music. I mean, look at all my Astro cuties in this video below:
Hands down, this song is so good and their sharp dance moves and synchronization are mesmerizing! Their voices are better than I remember and if I’m fangirling, I’ll have to say that I can’t decide between Rocky and Eunwoo.
Again – Astro
I’m just going to throw in this lyric video. I like to see line distributions for some strange reason and this song seems to have some of the best line distributions. I can’t imagine them switching lines at all.
Voice to the New World (mini album) – Victon
Here’s Victon’s first mini album. My favorite tracks are 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Ready (2nd mini album) – Victon
And here’s the 2nd mini album. All the songs are good but my favorite is 3. I love the way Hanse starts the song.. actually I think he starts all the songs in this album?! Seungsik and Sejun as the two main vocalists complement each other so well. I can’t identify Subin’s voice so I hope they give him a few more lines.
So Good – Taeyang
This song by Taeyang was released today so I have to put it here. Taeyang killin’ it as always.