Lim Kim – MINJOKYO(ENTRANCE) & YELLOW: Songs Of The Week

My chosen songs for this week are “MINJOKYO(ENTRANCE)” and “YELLOW” by Lim Kim. These two songs are my favourite from Lim Kim’s album – GENERASIAN. Recently, I have been listening to this EP a lot.

Kim Ye-rim, popularly known as Lim Kim, is a South Korean singer and former member of the duo known as Togeworl. She became known through the talent show – Superstar K3. Lim Kim was signed to MYSTIC Entertainment, but after her contract expired in 2016, she left the company. In 2019, after taking a three-year hiatus, Lim Kim came back as a totally different artist. She first released the digital single “SAL-KI” and then went on to release the EP titled GENERASIAN. Lim Kim is currently not signed to any company, which means she is an independent artist.

I discovered Lim Kim through the song “Awoo” in 2016. She has a beautiful voice, so I was quite sad that she wasn’t releasing new music. Late last year, I decided to look her up, and that was when I got to hear her new EP. I remember being so confused and shocked because of how different she sounded.

Yess, Lim Kim has always had a unique sound, but this new Lim Kim is also a rapper. She now sounds very powerful and unapologetic as she uses her music to discuss female liberation. Plus, her lyrics debunks the stereotypical western views of East Asian women. I love that she is using her platform to talk about social issues.

Also, I genuinely appreciate the fusion of modern music with traditional instruments and dances. I am not Korean; hence I do not understand all the subliminal messages, but I could tell that Lim Kim was bent on making a statement. I am very proud of her for taking an unconventional approach with her comeback. Here is an interview that explains why she took a long break and the reason for her new music direction –

Check out the live stages for “YELLOW” and another good song on the album titled “YO-SOUL” 

Listening to the EP – GENERASIAN was a full-blown experience for me. It is definitely not mainstream music, but personally, I enjoy diving into unconventional sounds every now and then. So if you are like me, go check out this EP –

Official HIGE DANdism – I LOVE: Song Of The Week

The chosen song for this week is “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I have been listening to this song a lot since I discovered it from the ongoing Japanese drama, Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo. img_3373Official HIGE DANdism, also known as Higedan, is a Japanese pop band formed in 2012. There are four members – Satoshi Fujihara (lead vocalist, keyboards), Daisuke Ozasa (guitar, background vocalist), Makoto Narazaki (bass guitar, saxophone, background vocalist) and Masaki Matsuura (drummer, background vocalist). The band is currently signed to Pony Canyon. Official HIGE DANdism gained popularity with their hit song “Pretender” in 2019. img_3378 I don’t know what it is about the song that got me so addicted. I didn’t take notice of it at first, then suddenly since the ending of last week, I found myself listening to it on repeat. Well, I do love a good rock song, and Japanese bands are amazing. So maybe, it was the instrumental that finally got to me. Plus, I like it when they sing “I love” because of the drums and clapping that comes in hard during that section.

Another thing might be the language, it sounds charming to me. Overall, I just think “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism is a lovely song. Hence I had to share it with you all. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it.

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Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 2

A-Lin – Passenger:img_3366 If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I LOVE A-Lin. “Passenger” was released as a single late last year, but she just dropped the music video yesterday. This is such a beautiful song. She always manages to make me feel the emotions even without any understanding of the song. I love how stripped down this track is. It almost sounds acoustic because the only instruments you can actually hear are the guitar and soft drums. So it gives a lot of space for A-Lin’s voice to soar. I also like the aesthetics of the music video, A-Lin is stunning.

 

TREASURE – Going Crazy (Performance Film):img_3362 This is my first time checking out anything for this newly formed group. I didn’t watch the survival show, and the only member I know is Bang Yedam. I wasn’t expecting their sound to be this pop-ish. Apart from WINNER and AKMU, almost all the artists in YG gravitate towards classic hip hop. I guess they went for this sound because of the age range in the group. Also, this is my first time seeing a YG group with so many members. All the same, I think TREASURE did great. They are young and talented, so even if this song is not my style, I am excited to see what they will bring to the Kpop community.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – from h:img_3076 On the 29th of January, Lee Hae-Ri from Davichi released her second mini-album titled from h. It has six songs with “Just Cry” as its title track. Lee Hae-Ri is the queen of ballads. She has a lovely voice and never fails to convey the right emotions when she sings. With these new set of songs, she showcased a variety of ballad styles. So if you enjoy slow songs, this is for you. My favourite song from this album is “Where the love goes”. I tried to add all the official music videos I could find. 

 

SUPER JUNIOR – 2YA2YAO!:img_3364 I love Super Junior, and this song is a BOP. The beat is so good, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. Plus, all the handsomeness going on in the music video, who could resist? Their voices still remain as good as ever. “2YA2YA0!” is three minutes and thirty seconds long, but I still needed more time. It felt too short for me. I already added it to my playlist because I need more groovy songs to relieve stress.

 

Poetic Narrator EP – Poetic License: img_3079This is a newly formed duo. The members are Juniel and Doko, and this release is their official debut. The EP has five songs. Three tracks have music videos, and the rest can be heard on this album sampler πŸ‘‡πŸΌ They have a really soothing sound. I genuinely enjoyed every song on this album, it was like a mix between neo-soul and R&B. Their voices are beautiful. They complement each other really well. I love the lady’s soft tone. I cannot wait to learn more about them. I added the entire EP to my playlist. It was too good, so I couldn’t select a favourite. Here are the music videos –

 

Kim Jae Joong EP – Love song: img_3365 This EP has four songs with “Tender love” as its title track. I can see myself on the balcony of a beach house staring at the ocean while this album plays in the background. Although I know who Kim Jae Joong is, I hardly listen to his songs. So this album is an introduction to his music for me, and I truly enjoyed every minute. He has a powerful and genuine voice. My favourite song from the album is the title track. Here is a sample of the remaining songs –

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 1

I have been quite busy, so I couldn’t review most of the songs that got released lately. Now here is a list of the recent releases that I truly enjoyed –

BIBI – Restless: img_3355 This is such a soothing song to listen to. BIBI has a unique tone, and she always makes the most lovely tracks. So I highly recommended “Restless” to anyone who needs some chill music to help them relax. Plus, the music video is beautiful, and BIBI is so adorable.

 

Vince Feat. Zion.T – EMERGENCY:img_3357 I actually planned to check this out because of Zion.T. I really do not know much about Vince, he seems to be a new artist. I could only find two songs on his Spotify account, and I am already in love with his sound. Vince has the classic Korean sexy R&B vibe, so if that is your arena, you will enjoy his songs. Here is his other song titled “MENNAL” –

 

SECHSKIES EP – ALL FOR YOU: img_3358 I am so happy that they are back. I adore the sound of older Kpop groups. They always give off a nostalgic and sweet feel. Plus, their songs are also very catchy. This new EP has five songs. The title track is also called “ALL FOR YOU”. I enjoyed listening to all five songs. My favourites are – “ALL FOR YOU” & -“MEANINGLESS”. Here is a sample of the EP –

 

HYUKOH EP – through love:img_3361 HYUKOH always impresses with their music, so I had to check out their latest album. I recently featured their old song “TOMBOY” as my song for this week. To check out that post, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ HYUKOH – TOMBOY: Song Of The Week. This new album has six songs, and it is quite different from their usual sound. It has more instrumental solos and less lyrical sections. The songs made me feel like I was lying in an open field while staring at the sun. They sound very trancelike and give off a sense of serenity. I added the entire album to my playlist because just selecting a few songs will cause me to miss out on the full experience. HYUKOH’s through love is another good recommendation for some good relaxation time.

 

Lee Seung Chul – I will give you all:img_3118 I saw Park Bo-gum in the teaser, so I decided to check it out, but I stayed for the singer’s beautiful voice. This song is an OST for a webtoon called The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. This is my first time listening to anything from Lee Seung Chul, but I plan to check out more of his songs later. He is an older singer, so his control of this classic ballad sound is impeccable. If you are a ballad lover like me, you will really enjoy listening to this song. The instrumental for this track also has some rock elements, so if you like that, this is for you.Β 

 

Baek Ji Woong – A Weary Night: img_3218_original I love the deep voice of this singer, and I cannot wait to check out more of his songs. “A Weary Night” is another beautiful ballad. It is the classic slow song accompanied by a keyboard and orchestra. Such songs might seem simple, but what really makes or mars it is the singer’s ability. Baek Ji Woong has a compelling and calming tone, so I was captivated right from his first note. He is really talented. I love discovering new artists to add to my long list of faves.

 

 

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YOOK SUNGJAE – 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

Yesterday, BtoB’s YOOK SUNGJAE released two new tracks as part 3 of his ongoing 3×2=6 Project. The two new songs are titled “HMHN” and “Hypnotized”. I already checked out one of the tracks from part 2. If you haven’t read that post already, here is the link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for HMHN:

  • So this is the title track for 3×2=6 Project Part 3,Β and it features BtoB’s ILHOON.
  • To know what this song is about, read the description box of the video.
  • I love that all of SungJae’s videos have English captions. I genuinely appreciate the effort to accommodate international fans.
  • This is already a groove right from the start.
  • The voice layering going on in this track is delightful to hear.
  • The instrumental is really good, it is so addictive.
  • SungJae’s control over his voice is excellent, and Ilhoon’s rap tone also complements the style of this song really well.
  • I love that they are starting and ending each other’s lines during the chorus. Almost like a call and response technique.
  • Ilhoon is my bias in BtoB, so I always enjoy hearing him rap, and he never disappoints.
  • Yook SungJae has an incredible voice. I am really impressed, and people need to start paying more attention to this project.
  • There is bound to be one or more songs that anyone can enjoy.
  • “HMHN” is a slow tempo song, but it still has a groovy R&B/ hip hop beat.
  • I love it, so my rating is 10/10.

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for Hypnotized:

  • BtoB’s PENIEL is featured in this song. I love how he’s including his members.
  • The tone of the piano gives off a gloomy vibe. Although, I feel it’s trying to throw me off from what the song will actually sound like.
  • I am enjoying these animated videos that he has been using.
  • I know I have complimented him a lot already, but I absolutely love SungJae’s voice.
  • The background vocals on this track are so beautiful and very trance-like.
  • Yesss…. this is what I am talking about. That beat switch and the way Peniel came in was so perfect.
  • I am definitely enjoying this song more than the “W.A.U”
  • This calls for body rollingπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ. “Hypnotized” is a BOP – “ok ok ok what, ok ok ok whoop, ok ok ok yeah.”
  • WHAT???… SHUT UP, what just happened after he said – “drop the beat, let’s go.”
  • The instrumental in this song goes hard, and I am living for it.
  • THIS IS A GROOVE. I am sold, this is my jam for the whole week.
  • Peniel came in and did his thing. Sungjae also came back with his beautiful vocals to serenade my soul. I am in awe of this track.
  • I know I said I needed to hear something better from him after “W.A.U,” but he didn’t have to go this hard. I AM SHOCKED😲😲.
  • “Hypnotized” is a well-composed track. The way the beat switches up when entering a new section is impressive.
  • I love the trap/EDM elements for the instrumental. This is going on my playlist.
  • The details on what this song is about can be found in the description box of the video.
  • Nah, I wish you all can see my face at this point. Peniel went too hard on this song.
  • Also, SungJae’s vocal runs at the end were not helping.Β  This song has me hypnotized for real.
  • The intensity at the end is too good. That guitar riff. LORD… I’m outπŸ’€πŸ’€.
  • They cannot disrespect me like this. How am I supposed to review other songs now with this standard in mind?
  • PENIEL and YOOK SUNGJAE did an excellent job on this track. They nailed every second, so my rating for “Hypnotized” is a solid 10/10.

I absolutely enjoyed listening to both songs. Go check the 3×2-6 Project if you haven’t already done so.

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iKON – Dive: Music Review

Just Yesterday, iKON returned with a new EP titled i DECIDE after a long hiatus. This mini-album features five songs with “Dive” as its title track.img_3353iKON is a South Korean group signed to YG Entertainment. They were introduced to the public through the survival show, WIN: Who is Next. Before debuting, the group also appeared on another survival program called Mix & Match, which defined the final seven-member lineup. iKON officially debuted on September 15th, 2015, with the album – Welcome Back. The group currently has six members – Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK and Chan. The seventh member and former leader of the group B.I left the band on June 12th, 2019.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I don’t have much time now, so I can only review the title track. However, I will check out the album sampler toΒ see which songs I might like.
  • I have not seen any teaser, so everything will be new to me.
  • I wasn’t expecting the song to start this way. The instrumental is nice.
  • I missed Ju-ne’s voice. That raspy tone is a blessing to my ears.
  • I am still not used to their new names, so I am finding it hard matching the new names to the right member.
  • I am loving “Dive” so far.
  • DK looks really good with the long hair.
  • The vocalists are shinning in this comeback.
  • Bobby always gets me with the hard rap sections. I love his flow. He is so good.
  • The visual for the music video is beautiful, and the red outfits are my favourite for them.
  • As usual, we have the standard iKON chorus singing at the end. That is iKON’s thing, and they always nail it.
  • I love this song, and I am happy with every member’s input.
  • I hope this comeback gets all the support from fans because iKON really needs it now.
  • I know B.I wrote a few songs on the album because they were already working on it before his departure. So in a way, he is still present for this comeback.
  • I wish they could allow him to rejoin the group, but with the way things have been going, I highly doubt that will happen.
  • All the same, “Dive” is a great upbeat song and has that beautiful iKON flavour, which I always enjoy. It isn’t my favourite from them, but the boys did a fantastic job.
  • Therefore, my rating for “Dive” is 9/10.
  • Now let’s check out the album sampler.

Album Sampler: img_3352

  • Thankfully, YG Entertainment did the right thing and credited B.I for his songs.
  • I absolutely love the way “Ah Yeah” sounds, it might be my favourite because of the guitar riffs.
  • Oh, I also like “Holding On”. My second favourite on the album for sure.
  • Aww, I also love “Flower”, it is that perfect soft bop.
  • Even though I haven’t listened to the full songs. I can already tell that this is a solid EP.
  • It has a good selection of songs, and I can count three that genuinely suits my taste.
  • I am going to listen to the full album while doing my correction read-through for this post. I will probably post my final thoughts on the blog’s Facebook page.

That is all for this post. I wish iKON all the best during the promotion for i Decide.

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HYUKOH – TOMBOY: Song Of The Week

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The song I am sharing with you all this week is “TOMBOY” by HYUKOH. img_3317HYUKOH is a South Korean Indie band formed in 2014. The group consists of four members – Oh Hyuk (leader/singer/guitarist), Im Dong-geon (bassist), Lim Hyun-Jae (guitarist) and Lee In-woo (drummer). They are currently signed to DooRooDooRoo Artist Company. HYUKOH, along with DAY6 and The Rose, are my favourite bands from South Korea as of now. img_3316

This song was produced by Car, the garden and Oh Hyuk. It is from the band’s 2017 album titled 23.

From the very first time I heard this song, I got a very nostalgic and sad vibe from it. Even without reading the English translation, I could feel some underlying anger and drive. It is one of those songs that I could replay for hours whenever it comes on. Plus, the power in Oh hyuk’s voice always gets me emotional. I enjoy listening to him sing and then when the band comes together, it is just complete bliss for me. They are so talented and very unique. Although this is not a lively song, I still recommend it because it makes for a beautiful listen and talks about life. So I hope you guys enjoy listening to “TOMBOY”.

Here is the English translation for this song –

[Verse 1]
I was awkward with the love my mom always showed
Maybe that’s why things are always so hard
Even inside the greed that I was afraid to lose
There is a small beauty

[Verse 2]
I’m happy right now, so I’m nervous
Because the sea is always calm before the storm
Because don’t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
I’m cheering for love

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

[Verse 3]
Sad adults always only walk backwards
You, who just passed your Terrible Twenty, look bored
Because don’t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
We’re cheering for love

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

[Verse 4]
Yea, I didn’t know well back then
We only have common about the difference
Matured, you fell off first
Now, I resemble with you

[Chorus]
The young us
Are too naive to count the rings of trees
Blind, by bright lights, fading away

(source: Genius Lyrics)

Okay, this is for anyone interesting in diving more into HYUKOH’s music. On the 30th of last month, they released a new album titled through love. I really want to review it, but I haven’t had enough time due to school. I’ll probably check it out this weekend.

That is all I have for this post, guys. Take careπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review

BtoB’S YOOK SUNGJAE released the second part of his 3X2=6 Project on the 16th of this month. There are two songs for Part 2, but I will be reviewing only “W.A.U” img_3226Yook Sung Jae is a South Korean singer, actor, and entertainer. He is a member of the boy group, BtoB. Every member of BtoB is known for their powerful and stable vocals. SungJae is known for his acting in television dramas like Who Are You: 2015, Goblin, and The Village: Achiara’s Secret. He is also a permanent cast on the variety show Master in the House.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to official Lyric Video:

  • According to the description provided under the video, “W.A.U” is an EDM Pop describing a gentle longing that comes when we feel light after a breakup.
  • I thought this was a ballad, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
  • Now I am excited to hear what it sounds like.
  • Yes, it has English captions. πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • It is definitely EDM Pop, and I like the beat.
  • This is already a groove.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • SungJae’s voice is so good, and it is lovely hearing him on a very upbeat track.
  • I love the beat drop during the chorus, it is very catchy.
  • So W.A.U stands for “what about you?”
  • Wow, this is a short song. It is not even up to three minutes.
  • I was waiting for more, and it just ended on me after two minutes and fifty-six seconds. WHY?
  • I have to go back and take my time.
  • Honestly, It is a lovely song, but the length doesn’t give me much to appreciate.
  • Overall, I’ll rate it as 8/10.
  • I truly enjoyed it, but it left me hanging. This is just my opinion.
  • I will still be keeping an eye out for more releases from SungJae. Hopefully, I will get something I genuinely love.

Paul Kim, CHUNG HA – Loveship: Music Review

Paul Kim and CHUNG HA released a duet titled “Loveship” on the 21st of this month. This song was written and composed by Paul Kim. I have some time to spare, so let’s check it out.

I already have a short bio for Paul Kim available on this blog, so use this link for that πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review.

img_2573Kim Chung-ha’s actual birth name is Kim Chan-mi, but she is now popularly known as CHUNG HA. She is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter and choreographer. She placed fourth during Mnet’s group survival show Produce 101. She was a member of the resulting group, I.O.I. CHUNG HA later debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the EP – Hands on Me. My favourite song from her is is “Gotta Go”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love ballads. I could listen to such songs for years.
  • Another music video without English captions. WHY do they do this to me?
  • I missed Paul Kim’s voice. It is so soulful.
  • Damn that lower note from him was chilling.
  • This is my first time hearing Chung ha’s voice on a slower song, and she sounds fantastic.
  • She is so pretty.
  • So they are childhood friends.
  • I love the call and response style going on here. Also, the harmonies are soothing.
  • I am enjoying this breathy tone that Chung ha is used while singing in harmony with Paul Kim.
  • This has such a lovely melody, and it is also the type that can quickly become addictive.
  • So they are friends that have feelings for each other?
  • The build-up is excellent. The instrumental, Paul Kim and Chung Ha’s voices begin to reach climax without you even noticing that the key has changed.
  • The production is impressive.
  • Yesss… to the high notes during the bridge and that instrumental solo was also a perfect touch.
  • They both look stunning in formal wear.
  • I got goosebumps when they sang, “you are my everything to me” in unison. So adorable and sweet.
  • The music video is also quite intriguing with the stage-like scenes. Creative concept.
  • Time for a replay before giving my rating.
  • Awww the ending is too cute. The younger versions pushed them towards each other.
  • I thought it had ended because the screen went black.
  • I’m swimming in sugar at this point.😍😍😍
  • It remains a beautiful piece on the second listen.
  • My rating for “Loveship” by Paul Kim and CHUNG HA is 10/10.Β This is going on my playlist.

Dynamic Duo, CHEN – You: Music Review

Dynamic Duo, in collaboration with EXO’s CHEN, released a new digital single titled “You” on the 23rd of this month. I have been itching to check this out.

Before I begin, here is my regular short bio for both parties:

img_3228Dynamic Duo is a South Korean hip hop group formed by two rappers, Choiza and Gaeko. They were friends since childhood. Both were previously part of the hip hop trio CB MASS. After CB MASS disbanded in 2003, Choiza and Gaeko became Dynamic Duo. The duo rose to fame in 2004 with the release of their debut album, Taxi Driver. It became the best-selling hip hop album in South Korea. They are now signed to Amoeba Culture. A hip hop based record label established by the duo and their partner, Go Kyung-min.

img_3229Kim Jong-Dae, popularly known as Chen, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. He is famous for being the main vocalist of the group and has also participated in a good number of soundtracks for South Korean dramas. In 2019 Chen made his official solo debut with the EP – April, and a Flower.

This is not the first time Dynamic Duo is working with Chen. In 2017, they collaborated for the track – “Nosedive”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Yes, you all know how I feel about songs that begin with a keyboard.
  • Oh damn, there aren’t any English captions available.
  • Chen’s voice is beautiful and relaxing.
  • I love the perfectly timed finger-snapping that was included in the mix.
  • Β The way the beat dropped before the rap is so good.
  • I never used to enjoy rap music, but Korean hip hop has changed my opinion. The songs are always groovy and lit.
  • This song is a BOP.
  • Choiza and Gaeko are giving good vibes with their fantastic rhythm and flow.
  • The instrumental has a lot of intriguing elements. I can hear something new in every section.
  • I wish I knew the technical terms to explain better.
  • Also, the background vocals are so good. Chen did an excellent job.
  • The instrumental is smooth and entrancing. It makes you feel like you are riding through a time machine.
  • The music video is also relaxing because of the chosen tone.
  • After reading the English translations, this is what I got – the song is reminiscing about the good and bad times of a previous relationship. Then you get a realization of all the mistakes made. Now you are at that point where you can’t live without the other person.
  • I love this song. Everyone played their part perfectly well, but I do not see myself listening to it all the time.
  • So my rating for it is 9.5/10.

Tia Ray – Here For You (η‚Ίδ½ θ€ŒδΎ†): Song Of The Week

I know this is late, but I have been busy. The song that I stuck on the most this week is “Here For You (η‚Ίδ½ θ€ŒδΎ†)” by Tia Ray. It is an official soundtrack and opening theme for the Chinese drama, Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty. The series stars Wang An Yu and Landi Li as leads. I just started watching it, and I am not sure if I will review it. Even if I do, it might be a brief review. Similar to what I did for Ten Years Late.

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Tia Ray seems to be singing a lot of my favourite soundtracks from Chinese dramas. I love her voice. Her singing style for OSTs is profoundly emotional. She just hits you with different levels of feels as the song progresses. At first, when I heard this song, I didn’t know she was the one singing. I am still new to Tia Ray’s sound. This was my statement after finding out – “yea, that makes complete sense. She always gets me teary for no good reasonπŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯.” Her voice is beautiful, and it always brings home the message of any song.

The soft instrumental start for “Here For You (η‚Ίδ½ θ€ŒδΎ†)” is one of my favourite sections of the song. It gently prepares you for a beautiful melody that you will not easily forget. Then the male background vocal is another intriguing aspect of this OST. Although that voice is faint, it works as a great tool that takes the song to a higher note towards the end. Analyzation aside, this is a beautiful song, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.

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Lu Han – Dream Up: Music Review

I have featured a song from Lu Han on this blog before, but I have not written a short bio for him yet. So Let’s do that first before getting into the review.

Lu Han is a Chinese singer and actor. Up until October 2014, he was a member of the South Korean boy group EXO. His official debut for China was in 2015 with the album Reloaded. He has also starred in several box office hits and popular TV series like Fighter of the Destiny and Sweet Combat. On January 16th, he released a new single titled “Dream Up”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_3188

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I appreciate the urban-graphic vibe of the music video.
  • Oh, it is an animated music video. Such videos tend to be interesting.
  • Thank you, Lu Han, for providing English captions.
  • Where are you heading to Mr. Dear or Antelope? Sorry, I honestly cannot differentiate both.🀭
  • Wow, Mr. Dear is looking good with his shades.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Okay, I am going to stop now. Let’s focus on the song.
  • Lu Han’s songs are always groovy. I enjoy listening to him because he brings perfect rhythm and flow.
  • So this is about staying true to your dreams no matter what you go through.
  • I love the animation style.
  • The music video also showcases the different ways people move towards their goals.
  • The other animals gave up, but Mr. Deer kept pushing through.
  • The beat is a bit mellow, but it is still a BOP.
  • Lu Han encourages everyone to not give up halfway because the future is uncertain. Try to stay in the race until the end.
  • You still have many chances, so keep dreaming.
  • This is a compelling message accompanied by beautiful music.
  • I am here for it, therefore “Dream Up” is going on my playlist.
  • Honestly, I need to take some time and organize my Asian music playlist. I would love to arrange the songs according to mood.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed watching this music video.
  • My rating for “Dream Up” is 10/10.

Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review

IT IS FINALLY FRIDAYπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ, I AM FREE. I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY THIS WEEKπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ.

I have a lot to catch up on. I have to complete music and drama reviews, variety show discussions/recaps and a winter playlist. Hopefully, I can get everything done by Sunday. To begin the marathon, let’s check out Solar and Kassy’s latest collaboration. The teaser poster for their new song caught my attention, so I made a note to check it out once I have enough time. I already know Solar from Mamamoo, but I do not know much about Kassy.

I did a little research on her and here is what I found – Kim So Yeon, known by the stage name Kassy is a South Korean singer and rapper. She debuted in 2015 and in 2016, she participated in the hip hop survival reality show – Unpretty Rapstar 3. So far, she has released two extended plays and a good number of singles. She is currently managed by Nextar Entertainment.

Okay, on January 16th, Solar x Kassy released a digital single titled “A song from the past”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

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Reaction to Live Version Video:

  • I already love the melody.
  • Kassy has a beautiful voice, and I know that Solar is going to sound great.
  • They are both stunning ladies, and I love this hair colour on Solar.
  • Wait, I just got chills. The subtle instrumental switch-up and Kassy’s breathy notes during their entry to the chorus section is so good.
  • The chorus section is my favourite part of this song.
  • Yes, to the heavenly harmonies.
  • Lol Solar cannot be serious for too long, I guess.
  • Love her happy vibes even when singing an emotional ballad.
  • Oooo, more harmonies.πŸ’“πŸ’“
  • I need to check out more of Kassy’s songs because her voice keeps on giving me goosebumps.
  • The high notes in this song are not too climactic, but they are very efficient and stable.
  • Wait a minute… Did they just subtly modulate on me? I was not expecting a modulation at this point, and it was done so quickly.
  • I am enjoying this song.
  • Yes… Solar come in with those chilling high notes.
  • Also, the way she smoothly switches back into her lower register is impressive.
  • Awwww, they ended in harmony… SO BEAUTIFUL.
  • I said it. Solar cannot hold back her happy vibes.
  • Immediately they stopped singing, she started laughing. I can’t deal.πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • I am going to have a second listen before giving my rating.
  • Although I do not have the English translation now, this song gives me some sense of peace.
  • I could see myself listening to just the instrumental of this track because it has a very soothing and lovely melody.
  • WOW. Solar and Kassy effortlessly nailed every second of this track.
  • I checked out the English translation, and the lyrics are so comforting.
  • I also watched their actual live performance on Yu Huiyeol’s Sketchbook:
  • Their voices go so well together.
  • I am in love, this is for sure, going on my playlist.
  • So my rating for “A song from the past” by Solar x Kassy is 10/10.

ATEEZ – PIRATE KING: Song Of The Week

I recently wrote an album review for ATEEZ’s latest release, and I stated that I was going to check out their discography. So I have listened to a lot of their songs since the beginning of this week, but my most played one is “Pirate King” from their debut album.

Therefore it is my chosen song for this week –

Everything about this song screams, “certified bop.” The instrumental is really amazing, and the chorus goes hard. Most notably, when they sing – “Will you be my friend?… Um OEO.” The first time I heard that part of the song, I lost it. And I still go crazy whenever it comes on.

Also, let us not even start talking about choreography, which was on point from beginning to end. These guys are seriously coming for my wigs with their killer vibes.

Another song I have replayed a lot is “Sunrise” from the TREASURE EP.FIN: All to Action album. It has an inspiring message, which I genuinely appreciate. But “Pirate King” is just that perfect upbeat track to jam out to. Honestly, if you have not listened to any of these two songs I mentioned, go check them out immediately.

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌ TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album ReviewΒ &Β TAEYEON – FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.

This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs areΒ  – “Drawing Our Moments”“My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”img_2774

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV for Dear Me:

  • Yesss… I have English Captions available.
  • I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
  • I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
  • She is so beautiful.
  • I love the encouraging message.
  • Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
  • The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
  • I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
  • Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
  • That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
  • I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
  • When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
  • Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
  • I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
  • But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
  • Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
  • Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
  • Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declarationπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  • As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
  • But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
  • Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.

My Tragedy –Β 

  • This has a weird start, but okay.
  • Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
  • The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
  • I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
  • The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
  • She sounds flawless, as always.
  • I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
  • That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
  • Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
  • I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
  • Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
  • So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.

Drawing Our Moments –

  • Hopefully, I like this one more.
  • I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
  • Β It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
  • The little humming she does is lovely.
  • Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
  • It is soft and very soothing.
  • Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
  • I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
  • The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
  • Awesome production.
  • I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
  • Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
  • Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
  • Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
  • My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.

All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.

That is all for this post, take care. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review

This is my first time listening to anything from this group, so I am not too sure what to expect. I have heard good reviews about them, so I have my fingers crossed. I know this review is a few days late, but I have been busy, and I really wanted to check this out. img_2711ATEEZ is a South Korean boy group with eight members – Kim Hongjoong, Park Seonghwa, Jeong Yunho, Kang Yeosang, Choi San, Song Mingi, Jung Wooyoung and Choi Jongho. They officially debuted on the 24th of October, 2018 with Treasure EP. 1: All to Zero. On January 6th, they released their fourth mini-album – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer. “Answer” is the title track for this comeback. So they are a relatively new group.

Okay, it is time to see what they have to offer.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • The first few seconds of the instrumental sounds promising.
  • Plus, the deep humming, in the beginning, is giving me good vibes.
  • This group definitely has exceptional singers.
  • Love how the rap came in and little background vocal runs going on during that section.
  • Their voices are so beautiful.
  • Who has that deep voice? I NEED HIS NAME.
  • The chorus is groovy and catchy. I love how crunchy the instrumental sounds during that section.
  • The music video also has gorgeous visuals, and I like that all members got a fair share of individual screen time.
  • They are all handsome men, by the way. I always appreciate a visual feast.
  • The scene where they have the hats on is pure art.
  • And I like that the bridge before the end took a different turn. It spiced things up and retained any attention till the end.
  • I want to see a live performance because the energy from the music video alone is incredible.
  • Okay, what does this last scene mean? Did they just leave me with a cliff hanger?
  • I am going to watch the video again and then check out a live performance.
  • I love everything about this song. The energy is astounding.
  • The instrumental fits perfectly well with the concept of this track. It gives off that feeling of marching forward while acknowledging every accomplishment on the way.
  • Live performance –
  • Yesss… they kept the same energy while performing. Good job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • They seem to be singing live, I appreciate that.
  • Okay, I know that this album is a conclusion of an ongoing trilogy but because I have not been following this group. I do not see the need to discuss any theories.
  • All the same, I can tell that ATEEZ is a solid group. So I need to do more research on them after I finish my work for today.

Album Review: img_2718Here is a preview of the album –

  1. Answer – I am just going to chill through this track. I already said it all.
  2. Horizon – Why does this sound so Arabian in the beginning. Is it just me getting such vibes from the lady’s voice in the background? Great choice with the EDM instrumental, the start definitely got my attention. I love the switch between a soft tone to a deeper one during the singing parts. They have an excellent range of vocalists, and the rappers are also incredible. What is this trap like feel? I AM IN LOVE. “Horizon” is a very intriguing track. It has an unexpected sound, but it can be appreciated from the first listen. I am genuinely impressed. And the way the beat switches up towards the end, plus the high notes. At this point, I can clearly state that I am in love with ATEEZ. This song is πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯.
  3. Star 1117 – Okay, we are taking things a bit slower now. I love their voices, I need to finish this and go learn about each vocalist. This is so soothing. I like how the drums are used to add in rhythm. This is the classic RnB sound but still very refreshing to hear because of how beautiful they sound. Ooo, there is some guitar playing as well. Excellent production on instrumental. Yesss to the vocal runs and high notes. I have to replay this track. At this rate, the entire album will be added to my playlist.
  4. Precious – This starts out in a way that leaves you anticipating how the drop during the chorus is going to happen. Right now, I am just like okay, what is coming next? I like that all the exciting elements are not given away from the start. Yess to the flawless falsetto notes. I KNEW IT. I HAD A STRONG FEELING THAT THE DROP WAS GOING TO TAKE ME BY SUPRISE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. By the way, I am enjoying the EDM vibe of this album. On a regular, I am not the biggest fan of EDM, but when it sounds this funky, I genuinely appreciate it. “Precious” is a BOP.  I have my stank face on right now while grooving πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ… all I need now is a disco light. The rappers are killing it on this track. YESSS. I love how they all joined in to sing the chorus at the end. ATEEX keeps on giving me more feels with each song, so I think I just found my new obsession. WHAT???… how can they end this song on such a chill and soft note, the disrespect.
  5. Outro: Long Journey – This one has a video, but it is not actually a song. More like a spoken word conclusion to their trilogy, I guess. All the same, the instrumental on this is beautiful. This articulates power and hope. I also appreciate the fact that it is entirely in English.

Final Thoughts:

My rating for TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer by ATEEZ is a solid 10/10. I was WOWED, so I will be keeping an eye out for them now. I am so glad that I discovered this group because I would have been missing out on such great music. Also, I must get my hands on a physical copy of this album.

Now I am off to go listen to all their albums. Luckily for me, they are a relatively new group.

YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review

On the 6th of January, Younha released her fifth mini-album –Β UNSTABLE MINDSET. “Dark Cloud” is the title track for this EP.img_2714Go Youn-ha popularly known as Younha is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer. In 2004, she began her career in Japan with the single – “Yubikiri”. She later gained tremendous success with her second Japanese single titled “Houkiboshi” which was also used as a soundtrack for the anime series Bleach. She even earned the nickname – Oricon Comet for charting high on the country’s music streaming sites. In 2006, she officially debuted in Korea with the digital single – “Audition”

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • She is so pretty.
  • Yesss… I have English subs.
  • Wow, she starts singing right away.
  • I like how they incorporated the sound of thunder into the instrumental.
  • The colour scheme for the music video is stunning.
  • You all know that I go crazy over soft piano songs, and this is already serving in that aspect.
  • I find myself going back to beginning way too many times so that I can pick out every little detail. Lol
  • They also included the sound of rain, which goes along with the theme of dark clouds, I guess.
  • That aside, I absolutely enjoy the sound of rain. Whenever I cannot sleep, that is what helps put me to bed.
  • I am not even halfway through this song, but I know that I am going to love it.
  • Okay, time to focus.
  • Ooo, it got me with the drums.😍😍😍
  • I am getting chills. Younha’s voice is so beautiful, and the musical progression is impressive.
  • OMG, I have goosebumps for real. The way she scales through each note is so outstanding.
  • Some songs usually give me an okay feeling, but this is one of those rare kinds that instantly wow me.
  • Basically, “Dark Cloud” is about her missing the times when she was still with her ex-boyfriend. Currently, she tries to acts as if all is well, but the time has stopped for her ever since they broke up. So all she has left is heartbreak and longing.
  • The instrumental on this track is golden.
  • Damn, her high note is majestic. I am amazed. Why have I not been listening to her music?
  • She has definitely entered my top 10 list for incredible female vocalists.
  • This is insane, how can someone voice be so good?
  • I AM ADDING THIS SONG TO MY PLAYLIST IMMEDIATELY.
  • So I went ahead to check a live performance, and she sounds smoothΒ –
  • Thank you, Younha, for this pitch-perfect gift.πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Okay, for sure, this album is about to be exceptional.

Album Review: img_2733Here is a preview of the album –

  1. WINTER FLOWER(Feat.RM) –Β  This features RM from BTS. Okay, just from the first second, I already love this song. RM’s deep voice with Younha’s soft tone is giving me life. The instrumental on this is groovy. Once again, her high notes are insane. The chorus is so good. I am being blessed this evening. What did I do to deserves such an angelic presence? Yesss….RM come in with that perfectly timed rap verse. I need to check out the English translation for this song, and whoever composed this track is a genius. The way the instrumental flows as the song intensifies is astounding. Also, the mix between Younha’s vocals and the backing track is well balanced. I went ahead to check for the English translation. The song is about how everyone struggles and might feel like giving up at some point. Do not give up, hold on because there will always be someone or people who give support and love until the end. I also researched the composer, his name is Eden. He is a solo artist and producer managed by KQ Entertainment. Oh, he also helps produce ATEEZ’s song. I am about to check out their latest comeback, so if it has this same awesomeness, that will be great.
  2. Dark Cloud – Still lovely. I will enjoy it for a while before moving on to the next song.
  3. See You –Β This seems like a more calm track. I always enjoy a good ballad. I love the soft tambourines that come in periodically at the beginning. Younha sounds more soothing here. Oh, the second verse comes in with drums and takes the tempo up a bit. The production of all three songs so far is fantastic. I have a feeling that I will be replaying this album for a while. I love how she harmonizes with herself at the end. That spiced up the song a bit more. “See You” is the kind of track you play to help you relax or meditate. I have to listen to it again before moving on.
  4. One Day of Twenty – The instrumental on this has an odd timing, but that also makes it intriguing to hear. It still goes perfectly well with Younha’s singing pace. I love it when she sings, “ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…” A beautiful and catchy melody. This track actually has bass, and I think a xylophone is part of the instruments being played, but do not take my word for it. Younha falsetto is flawless. She has excellent control over her voice. Okay, the tempo goes up a beat during the last minute. Once again, this has been achieved with a full drum set. I genuinely love instruments, and I wish I could play at least one. Maybe during the summer, I might take a few guitar or keyboard lessons.
  5. 26 – I want to know what tempo this is going to take. Are we going to get an upbeat outro or a slow one?Β  Β  Oooh… yes, it makes sense to have an upbeat song to finish things since the last two tracks were quite slow. I am here for the guitar in this song. It almost sounds like something I will hear in an anime, most notably the guitar solo sections. Okay, things got a bit more interesting after she gave out that troll-like modulation. I call it troll-like because it sounds like a modulation, but it was actually just a high note. The guitar is what made “26”.

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this album. There was no letdown, every track is equally captivating. I will be getting a physical copy of this EP soon because it is too good to not have in my collection. This is my first time listening to Younha, and she truly surprised me, so I have her on my radar now.

My rating for UNSTABLE MINDSET is a solid 10/10. If you have not listened to this mini-album yet, please go check it out. You are certainly going to love two songs or more.

 

 

BTS MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ‘Interlude: Shadow’ Comeback Trailer – Music Review

I was talking to my cousin recently, and she asked why I have not featured BTS on my blog yet. My answer was that I do not keep up with their activities. I simply listen to a few songs that get my attention. Plus, when I started doing more music reviews on this blog, I focused mainly on present comebacks. After our little talk, I promised her that once they release a new song, I will check it out. Finally, today is the d-day. My school has resumed, so I hardly have enough time to write. But I am a bit free now, so let us get right into this –

This solo track from Suga is a teaser for their upcoming album titled Map of the Soul: 7, set to be released on February 21st. Here is a comeback map for anyone who wants to stay up to date –img_2772(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the instrumental.
  • The way Suga starts this song is quite intriguing – “I wanna be a rap star, I wanna be the top, I wanna be a rockstar, I want it all mine, I wanna be rich, I wanna be the king, I wanna go win, I wanna be…”
  • I feel like this is about to be some personal reflective track.
  • Of course, his rapping skill is on point, so I am just going to focus more on the message and music composition.
  • Okay, I was definitely not expecting the singing part. I thought this was going to be a full rap track.
  • I am impressed and pleasantly surprised because I love musical compositions that are not too predictable.
  • “Please don’t let me shine, Don’t let me down, Don’t let me fly, Now I’m afraid.” This is such a deep line.
  • Honestly, being famous is not all blink, there are numerous negatives. Celebrities are deprived of almost all their rights to privacy. They are also constantly scrutinized for every little mistake they make.
  • Hence even though, they would love their music to gain more recognition, I feel that there is still this fear in knowing that they might have to give up more of their freedom and individuality.
  • At some point, I am sure they contemplate if the fame is even worth all the stress.
  • This song has a beautiful message.
  • I now have big expectations for the upcoming album.
  • The production on this track is remarkable. I love the way things got quite dark towards the end, and you can sense it from the instrumental.
  • Wait a minute… the entire beat just switched up on me. Starting from the 2:19 minute mark of the music video, I was kind of thrown off a bit. I do not know if I appreciate that section.
  • Okay, it sounds better with time. It gives me a very cypher like vibe.
  • Now I want this particular section to have an entire song of its own. Lol
  • Damn all those photo clicks. That is the celeb life. You will always have cameras pushed on your face. Sad. I also noticed a few other visual representations, but due to time, I cannot point out all.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed listening to “Shadow” by Suga. I absolutely love the music and message, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be keeping an eye out for the album.

Tia Ray – More: Song Of The Week

Hello everyone, it is officially the last day of 2019 over where I live, but I am sure that most of you are already in 2020. All the same, My wish is that you all experience the very best in the new year.

So I actually want to recommend an entire album. I randomly discovered 1212 by Tia Ray about a week ago, and I been listening to it a lot. Now one of my favourite songs from the album is “More”, so I decided to choose it as my song for this week, but in all honesty, all the other five songs on this mini by Tia Ray are equally great. img_2502Tia Ray is a Chinese singer. She began her career as a background singer for other Chinese singers like Jane Zhang and Ma Tianyu. In 2013, she participated in The Voice China and officially debuted with a self-titled album after the competition. She is currently sighed to Warner Music Group. While researching her, I discovered that she sang my favourite OST – “Waiting For You” from the Chinese series Bloody Romance. I absolutely loved the opening theme of that drama, and the fact that I can now find it on Spotify is fantastic.

I love how soft and sultry she sounds in “More”. The instrumental is not too loud but very groovy, and the background vocals on this track are so beautiful. Tia Ray has a very captivating voice. Listening to her is like taking a journey into paradise. I hope you guys enjoy listening to this song as well and check out the other tracks with this playlist link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Tia Ray – 1212

Tia Ray has definitely caught my attention, so my radar is on and waiting for a new release. So far, she has released music videos for three songs on the 1212 album. They are as follows – “Time Wasn’t Right” – “Complicated” – “Looking Out For You”:

 

 

My Favourite OSTs Of 2019: Final Part

The second half of my favourite OSTs –

DAEON – “Liar”img_2437 This song gives me goosebumps. A badass track that served as the perfect red carpet for Mo Seok Hee in the Korean TV series – Graceful Family. My only problem with this OST is the length. How can it be only two minutes and twelve seconds long? I need more time for epicness.

 

Sa Ji – “Never Let You Go”img_2448 This is such a beautiful and calming song. Definitely my favourite OST from the Chinese drama – Le Coup de Foudre. Also, the fact that it is entirely in English is a nice bonus. I LOVE … LOVE THIS SONG. Sa Ji’s voice really embodied every word that she sang.

 

Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo – “Unrestrained”img_2472 The elegant “Unrestrained’ from the Chinese TV series – The Untamed. I love it when actors sing the soundtracks for their drama. This was a great main track from Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. Listening to this song always makes me want to rewatch the series again.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – “Maybe”img_2480 Lee Hae-Ri’s voice with the sweet chemistry from the leads of Her Private Life was a perfect combo. I remember waiting eagerly for TVN to release this particular soundtrack. Till the end of the series, it remained my top OST from the drama.

 

Ju Jingyi – “Passing Feelings”img_2475 Ju Jingyi’s rendition of this song gives me chills. She sounds so trancelike. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in my life. Listening to it puts me at peace. “Passing Feelings” is an original soundtrack for the Chinese drama – The Legend Of White Snake. I remember watching the version with Jet Li as the monk, but this new version is equally impressive.

 

Ju Jingyi – “A Millennium’s Wait For A Return”img_2473 Another artistic delight from The Legend Of White Snake. Ju Jingyi proves herself not only as an actress but also as an exceptional singer. Her soft and smooth voice was a perfect choice for the OSTs. This also has a trancelike vibe, most notably when they sing the line – “alone waiting for a thousand years.”

 

Ju Jingyi – “Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng”img_2474 I live for the drums in this song. The instrumental is not so loud, but it still stands out. Yet another astounding soundtrack from The Legend Of White Snake. This drama definitely had one of the best soundtracks among Chinese dramas this year.

 

Samuel Seo – “Pain Or Death”img_2478 Doctor John had a fantastic set of OSTs. “Pain & Death” is my favourite. This is also my first song from Samuel Seo, and I must say that he has a very compelling voice. The lyrics for this song hit really hard because it speaks about the one thing that all humans most experience – Death. But all the same, it was a very befitting soundtrack for the drama.

 

MINSEO – “Star”img_2477 This was another emotional song from Doctor John. Honestly, even though this drama did not have a lot of romantic scenes between the leads, their chemistry was still undeniable. Anytime I listen to this particular soundtrack, I always remember all their sweet and comforting moments.

 

SALTNPAPER – “Look At”img_2479 A very comforting song from the phenomenal SALTNPAPER. Whenever this OST came on, I knew it was going to be an emotional but yet hopeful scene. SALTNPAPER never fails to deliver intriguing OSTs. I first heard Satelite from Chicago Typewriter, and I have been hooked since then.

 

Sean Chen – “How are You These Days”img_2494 Another OST I discovered without actually watching the drama. Fun fact: I just figured out the English title and artist while writing this post. I randomly found the OST album for the Chinese TV series – Hope All Is Well With Us on Spotify, so almost everything was in Chinese.  But I can confidently state that every track from the series is fascinating.

 

Xu Jun – “Chasing”img_2494 And last on my list is my ultimate song from Hope All Is Well With Us. I do not know much about the artist, but his voice really captured me. I have replayed this song a million times, and I even listen to the instrumental version. Honestly, I had no plans to watch the drama, but they did such an excellent job with the soundtracks, so I am quite tempted to see a few episodes.


That is all I have for this post. If there is an OST that you loved that did not make my list, please feel free to mention it in the comment section. Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.

I hope you all continue to enjoy this holiday season.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“