SEJEONG – Plant: Album Review

SEJEONG released her first EP titled Plant on March 17th. I didn’t even know that she was releasing an EP. I just saw it yesterday on my new releases column in Spotify. I am so bad at keeping track of comebacks/debuts.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

I already have a profile for SEJEONG on this blog, it can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰ SEJEONG โ€“ Tunnel: Music Review

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

Reaction to Title track/Official MV:

  • Thankfully the music video has English captions.
  • This seems to be a ballad.
  • I have said this a million times in my reviews, but I live for any song that includes soft keyboard playing in its instrumental.
  • “Plant” already has most of the elements I enjoy.
  • Sejeong seems to be adding soft, breathy notes at the end of each sentence she sings. That is quite intriguing, I like it.
  • Her voice is smooth and compelling.
  • So the keyboard got a bit louder, and I think a cello or a violin came in. I love the progression so far. It’s soothing.
  • From the second verse, I can hear some very low classical guitar strumming. Everything is coming together nicely.
  • I don’t really understand what is happening in the music video, but the cinematography for it is stunning.
  • Sejeong is gorgeous. The lighting and colours of the video are doing her justice.
  • I love how she draws her ending notes to showcase vocal strength instead of hitting a big note.
  • I am enjoying her vocal technique.
  • Okay, I really love the instrumental progression. It is well produced.
  • The note she sang at the 3:00 minute mark of the music video is breathtaking and flawless.
  • I got goosebumps. Sejeong never fails to impress me.
  • I love the inclusion of chirping birds and water droplets into the instrumental. It added more tranquillity.
  • “Plant” is such a beautiful piece, I am glad that I checked this out.
  • What I got from the music video’s story is that she was trying to grow something for a long time but kept on failing. She continued to wait, and finally, the plant bloomed.
  • So I guess Sejeong is singing about having hope through uncertain times.

Album Review: img_4228Plant has a total of five songs. Here is the highlight medley –

  1. Plant – I am going to enjoy this for a while before moving on to the other tracks. This is my new bedtime song. It makes me feel like I’m floating on clouds.
  2. hopes for tomorrow – This also seems to be a ballad. It has that classical slow piano entry. I love Sejeong’s soft tone. It sounds like she is switching between falsetto and breathy tones, so beautiful. Once again, with the cello or violin, I’m not sure of which. But I love the inclusion of classical instruments because they bring things to a very serene space. I love how they paused the instrumental before her climax note. That few seconds of silence made her note sound more prominent. Oooh, I love the vocal layering that comes in after that big note, so lovely. Sejeong nailed this ballad. She is such a talented artist.
  3. SKYLINE – This is more upbeat, and I love the melody. I think they used chimes to start this song. Chimes are one of the most enchanting instruments ever. That aside, this is the first song on the album that actively includes drums. I can hear some vocal layering in this as well. I love the chorus, such a beautiful melody. So for this one, she used her breathy tone as a background vocal to compliment the chorus. Nice. WOW, the high note at the end is pure eargasm. Also, I love the group singing at the end, I wonder who and who sang that section with her.
  4. Swim Away – Another upbeat track and this time, we have a groovy guitar entry. I love how bouncy the instrumental for this one is. It sounds very summerish. I can hear this song being played at a beach party, which I might not get to attend due to the current pandemic. Anyways, the thing that stands out the most in “Swim Away” is the guitar. This song is too short. I have to replay it before moving on.
  5. In My Dream –ย  It looks like we are back to the slow jams. Instead of a soft piano entry, we are getting a classical guitar throughout. A lot of focus has been placed on her voice for this track, and I like that. She sounds lovely, and it almost feels like she singing right in front of me. Once again, I am getting that tranquil vibe. I found another bedtime song, guys. Wow, they just took things to another level with the incorporation of a cello into the mix. I legit got chills.

Final Thoughts:

I have a love/hate relationship with EPs. They are short, so writing a review is quick and easy. Unfortunately, when the EP is this good, I always crave for more. Plant has a fantastic set of songs, and I truly enjoyed every one. I can’t pick my favourites now because every track actually impressed me.

SEJEONG did a great job๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. My rating for this Plant is 10/10.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Walk Into Spring

This edition of my pictorial|poster faves is focused on pictures with spring vibes. This post has a lot of photos, so I won’t write much.

(Please note: none of these images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on this list is the Korean actress, Oh Yeon Seo, for 1st Look Magazine.img_3949

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Next is Taiwanese actress, Alyssa Chia, on the cover of Hongman Magazine – March 2020 issue.img_4054

 

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Chinese actress, Bridgette Qiao on the latest cover of ELLE idol

 

img_3927img_3928img_3926Chinese singer, Huang Minghao(Justin) on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Star for Tencent Variety Me+

 

Next up is Chinese actor, Zhu Yi Long on the cover of ELLE China – April 2020 issue for World Wildlife Fund.img_3874img_3873

 

img_4010img_4009Chinese actress, Song Yi takes the cover of Lifestyle China’s latest issue.

 

img_4052img_4051My baby IU on the cover of W Korea, April issue.

 

Rising Taiwanese star, Greg Han, in Gucci for the cover of ๅ‡บ่‰ฒWSJ. – March 2020 issue.

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img_3877img_3876My ultimate queen. Chinese actress, Ni Ni on the cover of Rayli HerStyle Magazine – March 2020 issue

 

Last on this list is AOA’s Seolhyun as the new campaign model for Nike’s Air Max.img_3995img_3990img_3991img_3994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K.Will – Beautiful Moment: Song Of The Week

My most played song this week is “Beautiful Moment” by K.Will. It is an original soundtrack from the 2018 Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. img_4181Kim Hyung-soo, popularly known as K.Will, is a South Korean singer, composer and vocal coach managed by Starship Entertainment. He made his official debut in 2007 with the album Left Heart.ย  He is known for his powerful ballads that always top music charts. K.Will is also known for his frequent contributions to Korean drama soundtracks.

The song that introduced me to him is “Please don’t…”. The music video for “Please don’t…” went viral for a while because of a plot-twist at the end. A lot of people, including myself, were taken off guard when we first watched the MV. I will leave that video at the end of this post for anyone interested.

Now, back to the song for this week –

From the very first time this soundtrack played, I was hooked. I love how it starts with the soft piano, and then we get some sort of rumbling sound in the background that ushers in K.Will’s voice. The way K.Will comes in with “don’t walk away, I’m falling down” always melts me. Plus, the instrumental progression as K.Will’s voice takes a more emotional and powerful turn from the second verse is a whole other level of eargasm. “Beautiful Moment” is a blissful ballad that I could never get tired of listening to. This song gives me some sense of peace that I cannot thoroughly explain in writing.

Also, whenever I remember the scenes that had this soundtrack, I get all soft inside. “Beautiful Moment” is a lovely piece, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I do.

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As promised, here is the music video for “Please don’t…” –

 

NCT #127 – Neo Zone: Album Review

This review is coming out quite late because I didn’t have enough time to check it out once it dropped, but I still want to share my thoughts on NCT 127’s latest album.img_3829NCT 127 is a sub-unit of the South Korean boy group known as NCT. They are managed by SM Entertainment. The acronym NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the number 127 represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul. This unit debuted on July 7th, 2016, with the EP – NCT #127. The group started out with seven members – Taeyong, Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. Later on, in the same year of their debut, Johnny and Doyoung were included in the unit. And in 2018, Jungwoo became the tenth member of NCT 127. Currently, there are only nine active members. Winwin is not an active member due to his participation in WayV, which is the Chinese sub-unit of NCT. On the 6th of this month, NCT 127 came back with their second album titled Neo Zone. The title track for this new release is called “Kick It”

(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:

  • I am excited, and I can tell that this is about to be lit.
  • I tried my best to stay away from the teasers and tweets because I want a full experience.
  • Already… just four seconds in and the beat is calling to me.
  • I hear some rock elements from this instrumental.
  • The colour scheme for this music video is beautiful. The yellow, brown and black are popping off.
  • Oh, yea, yellow and black is Bruce Lee’s colours. I watched a lot of his movies growing up.
  • The choreography is going hard, they are killing this.
  • No, for real is choreo is slick, I LOVE THIS.
  • So it looks like they plan on flashing their abs at me throughout this music video, I ain’t complaining.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
  • NO, NO… hold up, WAIT A MINUTE. My man Johnny did not come to play with anyone in this era. He is fine.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • I see you, Johnny –
  • I also love the traditional elements that were used for the outfits and set design.
  • Yess Haechan come in with those smexy vocals.
  • I love how the beat switched up for the RnB style vocal entry. Very nice production.
  • Okay, NCT 127’s vocalists are killing it as usual, but Jonny and Yuta… damn, they both have all my attention.
  • Also, can we just talk about the energy in this music video? So good.
  • “new thangs, new thangs, new thangs,” I am vibing.
  • ย Okay, guys, can you all tell NCT 127 to stop disrespecting me with visuals. I thought I was stuck on Johnny and Yuta, but Jaehyun just came out of nowhere and left a sister stunned๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ –img_4037img_4038
  • I need a break, and I am not even halfway through the video. What did I sign up for???
  • On that note, I am just going to leave the teaser images for Yuta here because why not. He looks so good with this hairstyle –
  • There are a lot of high kicks and martial art moves for the choreography. It must be difficult.
  • I always enjoy it when Mark and Taeyong bass the baton of flow during their rap sections.
  • Somebody, please hold Johnny… I’m so done. All I wanted was a bop, not a visual slap in the face.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • The rhythm for this song is quite catchy. Most especially when they sing – “Baby we go wild… ehhh!!!, one-two seven squad… ehhh!!!, we ain’t never gonna stop. Even if we can’t see the end, just go.”
  • I love how bubbly and intense the instrumental is. I see myself jamming out to this song a lot.
  • Of course, we have a dance break that came in with Taeil’s powerful vocals.
  • Alright, NCT 127. This is their sound, and they nailed it as usual.
  • For me, “Kick It” is a BOP AND A HALF, but I know that there are people who might not really enjoy this sound because it requires a specific mood AND VIBES.
  • All the same, I still enjoyed every second. Every member killed their part. I can see the amount of work the boys put into this comeback.
  • I was slapped in the face with abs, vocals, excellent rap skills, amazing choreo, impressive visuals both from the members and the music video set.
  • THEREFORE, I AM HERE FOR THIS SONG. It is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • I am even more pumped now to check out the full album.

Album Review: img_3826Neo Zone has a total of twelve tracks. They also released short video teasers for the B-sides. Here is the link to those videos on YouTube – NCT#127 Album Preview. This is my first time listening to a full album from NCT 127, so I am excited to hear what their B-sides sound like.

  1. Elevator (127F) – I find it so cute that this song actually starts with an elevator’s arrival sound – ding. I always enjoy some clapping in songs. So far, this is slower in comparison to their title track. I hear some jazzy elements, and I love it. Okay… the chorus is simply the best groovy instrumental-only session I have listened to in a long while. This song is a safe way to start the album, but I don’t think it is going to be part of my favourites once I listen to the other eleven tracks.
  2. Kick It – This here is my ultimate jam and I dying to see if any other track on this album can beat it. For now, I’m just going to vibe before moving on to the next song. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  3. Boom – The starting of this one is giving me major black church choir vibes. I think it is because of the instrumental and choral notes. It feels like they’re about to bust into – “for the Bible says…”. That aside, I love it when they sing” Everyday aye…Yeah, aye” in unison. The way their voices melt into each other during that pre-chorus section is pure eargasm. The vocals in this are outstanding, and that beat switch that happens for the chorus is fantastic. “Boom” is definitely a major vibe. The vocalists are going off on this track. Even the rappers are singing, hallelujah!!.
  4. Pandora’s Box – Remember, I mentioned that I haven’t seen any teaser for this comeback, which means I also didn’t watch the short videos they released for each song. I included the links for you guys, but I was going to check them out after completing this review. Now “Pandora’s Box” started playing, and the Spotify track clips just hit me with Johnny and Yuta’s face. I can’t… I just can’t๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. What did I do to deserve all this beauty being thrown at me? Okay, enough fangirling.. back to the song. The vocals in this are also perfect. I love it when they sing in unison, their harmonies are incredible. The instrumental on this is also really catchy and bouncy, so it makes me want to move. Oooh, that high note and falsetto towards the end is pure bliss. Unquestionably, this is another excellent track on the album, but I’m not sure if I see myself listening to it a lot.
  5. Day Dream – So this time the Spotify clip hit me with some Doyoung visuals… okay, alright… ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š, moving on. The beginning of this song sounds like I am being put into a trance. This might be my next favourite after “Kick It.” It seems distorted but still, quite soothing. This is such a weird vibe, but I LOVE IT. Plus, the vocals on this are also pure eargasm. I can’t tell who is singing each part, but the person belting out that falsetto note during the chorus has truly blessed me. Yesss, “Day Dream” is my song.
  6. Interlude: Neo Zone –ย This is simply an instrumental break into the second half of the album. So far, aside from “Kick It,” we’ve had slow tempo/groovy tracks. From this interlude progression, I feel that things are about to go up to the LITTY level, and I am so ready.
  7. MAD DOG – I knew it, we are back to the hip-hop vibes. From what I’m hearing, only Mark and Taeyong are on this track. I love the distorted trap instrumental. “MAD DOG” is a party song but still not something I see myself listening to a lot. Oh, Taeil and Doyoung are also on this. The bass and drums on this song go hard, so if you are a core trap fan, this one is for you.
  8. Sit Down! – Another trap vibe… okay. Maybe I might enjoy this one better. Yesss, Jaehyun come in with those hot vocals. This is is more groovy instead of just going hard, and I love it. Alright… I am here for this chorus – “ay you, ay you (Sit down!)…ย  don’t tell me what to be (Sit down!)… don’t tell me where to be (Sit down!)…”. And then Johnny just comes in and kills things more with – “don’t get up, don’t stand up, please don’t put your hand up, and don’t make me tell you again, Sit down!”. Boys, boys, what are these lyrics???๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I still love it, though. The harmonies on this are so good, and the chorus is very catchy.
  9. Love Me Now – This has a classic summer sound, but they have included some EDM elements to make it more interesting. I love the short vocal runs that were used to start the song. NCT 127, in fact, the whole of SM Entertainment has really talented vocalists. “Love Me Now” will make for a great car trip song. I can imagine a group of friends driving to their next vacation destination. I really wanted to go on a short vacation this summer, but with the way things are going, it won’t happen๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ. I didn’t sign up for all this drama when entering 2020. Please stay safe, everyone.
  10. Love Song – The beginning of this song reminds me of “That’s What I like” by Bruno Mars. The drum patterns are quite similar, but this one is slower. So with “Love Song,” we are getting some well deserved smooth RnB from the Neo Zone album. I am kind of confused about this one. I am grooving to it, but at the same time, I am not 100% into it. Weird right? Hmmm… maybe I should give it a second listen to confirm my feelings. Okay, after replaying it a few times, I actually like it.
  11. White Night – Another RnB type of song. I love how the beat dropped for the chorus section. So smooth but still groovy. I know I have mentioned this a lot already, but they just continue to serve beautiful vocals. I love that I can really hear the piano in this track, it’s so calming. The vocal runs in this are pure bliss, and those soft background vocals are also a great addition.
  12. Not Alone – Oooh, I think this might be another favourite. I love how slow but body rolls worthy this song is. The instrumental is giving me slight 80s vibes, but that might just be me feeling nostalgic for an era I wasn’t born into. So please don’t take my word for a fact๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. The vocal runs at the end are so adorable. This is going on my playlist for sure.
  13. Dreams Come True – Finally, we have reached the last song on Neo Zone. This is a lovely closing song for the album. It fits the concept, but it isn’t doing much for me.

Final Thoughts:

Neo Zone has a lot of great songs, which means many people could easily enjoy at least two or three tracks from this album.

However, I still feel that the album lacked that WOW factor. I was left feeling 50/50 on most tracks. Hence I don’t see myself playing this album very often. I could let it play in the background while working on something else, but not many of the songs will be going on my personal playlist. Do you all get what I mean? Currently, my ultimate favourites are – “Kick It” – “Day Dream” and “Not Alone.” I also really like “Boom” and “Love Song,” so altogether, only five songs are going on my playlist, which falls short to me since this album has twelve songs.

All the same, the boys did a really great job vocally and rap wise, so I will give them Kudos for all the work they put in to create this album๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. I will continue to support them. Also, I hope Mark and Taeyong get a break soon because those two are working too much. To close this post, my rating for Neo Zone by NCT #127 isย  8/10.

 

 

YOON MI RAE – Flower: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “Flower” by YOON MI RAE. It an original soundtrack from the Korean drama, Crash Landing On You. img_3855Natasha Shanta Reid, popularly known as Yoon Mi Rae, is a Korean American rapper and singer. She is a member of the hip-hop trio known as MFBTY (My Fans are Better Than Yours). The other members of the group are Tiger JK (her husband) and Bizzy.

I am always amazed by Yoon Mi Rae’s ability to belt beautiful notes but still go hard as a rapper. Her duality is impressive, and once again, she has captured heart with this lovely song. Everything about this OST is comforting. From the soft start to when Yoon Mi Rae starts singing, “Always, your way… Always”. Plus, the chemistry between Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin makes it even better. I am itching to complete the drama so that I can finally write my review.

All the same, I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Winter/Early Spring Playlist 2020

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Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.

#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I loveimg_3238 I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILING album. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย AKMU โ€“ SAILING: Album Review

 

#. Eric Nam – Hold Meimg_3242 I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. DAY6 – I’ll tryimg_3239 This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the pastimg_3244 A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Solar x Kassy โ€“ A Song From The Past: Music Review

 

#TAEYEON – Wineimg_3269 “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Review

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

 

#. Eric Nam – 4AMimg_3242 Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.

 

#. millic, HAN – Treasure Islandimg_3241 “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.

 

#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozooimg_3236 Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Primary โ€“ 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.

 

#. Punch – Sometimesimg_3248 This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Vincent Blue – Stupidimg_3240 This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.

 

#. IU – The visitorimg_3268 My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ IU โ€“ LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.

 

#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Doimg_3246 Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

 

#. Tia Ray – Ready For Loveimg_3237 The instrumental on this track is LIT๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. In fact, the entire 1212 album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

 

#. g.o.d – One Candleimg_3261 g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.

 

#. DAY6 – days gone by
img_3245 Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

 

#. Ailee – Reminiscing img_3249 The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Loveimg_3259 You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.

 

#. 4Men – Baby Babyimg_3263 This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.

 

#. LEE HI – BREATHE img_3247 This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.

 

#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Againimg_3258 I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.

 

#. Urban Zakapa – Wishimg_3255 There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.

 

#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbyeimg_3252 Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.

 

#. BTOB – Missing Youimg_3260 I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜Š Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.

 

#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET, and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ YOUNHA โ€“ UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.

 

#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rainimg_3267 Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.

 

#. Paul Kim – Big Heartimg_3250 Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Paul Kim โ€“ Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.

 

#. DAY6 – All Aloneimg_3251 I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…

 

#. Davichi – Dear. img_3243 Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Davichi โ€“ Dear: Music Review

 

#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
img_3270 ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. The Rose – She’s In The Rainimg_3273-1 Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawn album, which contains this song, is also perfect.ย So all I did was choose my number track from it.


Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Youtube Winter 2020

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Spotify Winter 2020

Please like this post and if I introduced you to a new song, let me know in the comment section.

That is all I have for you guys today, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 3

Recently there has been a lot of comebacks and new singles that caught my attention. Unfortunately, I can’t write a review for every single one, but I can still give you guys a few words about the songs that impressed me.

#. ZHOUMI – “I’ll be there” feat. KUN & XIAOJUN of WayVimg_3813 It is nice to hear from Zhoumi again, and I am always delighted to listen to my WayV babies. This song is actually dedicated to encouraging China as they fight against the recent coronavirus (COVID-19). XiaoJun really stood out to me because of his distinct tone and technique. All the same, they all sounded beautiful together. “I’ll be there” is a heartwarming power ballad, and I really enjoyed second of it.

 

#. GAEKO – “Cold” feat. Heizeimg_3816 This is the classic hip-hop/RnB track which I easily gravitate to. Heize is one of my frequent listens, so I had to check this out. I also know Gaeko, but I usually hear him on featured tracks. This is my first time listening to an actual song from him. “Cold” is a groovy and chill track, so I immediately added it to my playlist. The music video is also fantastic with the way it tells the story of the couple.

 

#. John Park – March Lover img_3817 I haven’t heard anything from John Park in a while, so you could imagine my excitement when I saw the notification for this new single. Oooh, how I missed that deep and raspy tone. His vocal control is impressive. I am so happy. “March Lover” is also a groovy track, but it has some disco and jazz elements. I was dancing throughout the entire 3:49 minutes. I LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG!!! Thank you, John Park, for blessing my ears.

 

#. CHUNG HA – Everybody Hasimg_3818 Chung ha continues to impress me as a vocalist. I know she always had a lovely voice, but I appreciate the growth I hear. Everything about this new single is perfect. I love the message that everyone has one of those awful days, but there is always hope. Very relatable, and Chung ha’s voice makes things even more emotional. The music video is stunning, and the instrumental on this is very soothing. I added this to my playlist.

 

#. Dino Lee – Be Meimg_3819 I stumbled upon this song while searching for Bii’s new single and I am so thrilled because this is a gem. I am mad at myself for not giving Dino Lee the attention he rightly deserves. “Be Me” is a simple track, all in English, but what drives this song home is Dino Lee’s voice. He wasn’t doing too much, but he sounded incredible to me. Also, the instrumental gives off warmth, it made me feel like I was receiving a visual hug. I just wish the song was a little bit longer. All the same, I still love it. Definitely playlist worthy.

 

#. YOOK SUNGJAE – Come With The Windimg_3815 This is the title track for SungJae’s recent mini-album titled YOOK O’clock. The mini has seven songs in total, and the sidetracks are all from his 3X2=6 Project. I have reviewed three songs already, and they can be accessed with these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ W.A.U: Music Review

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

SungJae dedicated this song to Melodys (BTOB’s fandom name). BTOB is honestly one of the most vocally talented groups. Every vocalist in BTOB is fully capable of singing a solid solo. I am so happy with SungJae for putting himself out there and creating this masterpiece. I have enjoyed this journey with him. His voice is beautiful. “Come With The Wind” is a heartfelt letter to his fans. Also, the animated music video is always interesting to watch. Good job, Yook SungJae. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

 

#. Dreamcatcher – Screamimg_3823 I have heard about Dreamcatcher, but I never had the zeal to check them out. I happened to see their teaser images for this comeback, and I was intrigued. I am genuinely impressed with this title track, so I have them on my radar now. I admire girl groups that move away from the conventional cute girl concept. “Scream” showcases incredible singing and rapping skills. I love the way the song starts, the instrumental is insanely good, and the music video compliments their concept. I am here for this kind of energy. I will have to check out the full album later because these girls are gorgeous, fierce and talented.

 

#. PENTAGON – Dr. BeBeimg_3821 I have listened to at least one or two title tracks from PENTAGON, but I never got into them like that. This comeback intensely called my attention, so here I am, boys. That whole stomping/marching band movement in the beginning already sold it for me. Plus, I love dark concepts. I lived for whenever they said “Gratatata…”, it so catchy. They have a good set of vocalists and rappers. I was jamming throughout the entire song. “Dr. BeBe” is a well-produced track, and PENTAGON ate this song up. This is already in my playlist, and I will be checking out the full album when I have time.

 

#. Niko Sun – ไธๆž‰ๅนดๅฐ‘ img_3820 I am not sure about the English title. I think it either translates to ‘Not Young’ or ‘Young.’ All the same, it definitely has something to do with youth. This track is from Niko Sun’s latest EP. I also stumbled on this song while searching for Bii’s new single. What caught my attention was the traditional Chinese instruments in the beginning. I just love it when artists fuse the old and new to create amazing masterpieces. This is my first time hearing Niko Sun, and I must say that he has a great set of pipes. Plus, his control is wild. This song is already in my playlist, now all I need is the correct English title.

 

#.MOONBYUL – Eclipseimg_3822 I haven’t listened to the full EP yet, but I like the vibe I am getting from this title track. I am so surprised that she isn’t getting more attention with this song. “Eclipse” sounds like something a boy band could get a lot of hype with. She nailed every second of this track. I was genuinely in awe of her presence and energy. I just hope she keeps doing her and showing that there can be variance in the kind of music that women put out. I also love the choreography for this song because it goes hard.

SECHSKIES – ALL FOR YOU: Song Of The Week

I finally have some free time, so I am here to share with you guys my song for this week, which is “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES. I left this track on repeat while doing school work and even before going to bed.

Usually, when I’m deciding my song for each week, I try not to pick tracks that I have already reviewed or spoken about, but this is a rare case. img_3796Sechskies is a South Korean boy band that debuted on the 15th of April, 1997 as a six-member group. The members at that time were Eun Ji-won, Kang Sung-hoon, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin, Jang Su-won and Ko Ji-Yong. Sechskies is part of the first generation of idol pop groups in Korea. They initially disbanded in 2000 but reunited in 2016 for a special episode of the variety program – Infinite Challenge. That same 2016, the group signed with YG Entertainment and started promoting as five members. Ko Ji-Yong could not continue with them due to work and family commitments, but he is still considered to be part of the group. He and his son later became a part of the hit reality show – The Return of Superman. Moving on to the 1st of January 2019, the main vocalist Kang Sung-hoon announced his departure from the group due to some controversies. Hence Sechskies currently has only four active members, which are Eun Ji-won, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin and Jang Su-won.

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Honestly, I think this is one of the catchiest songs I have ever listened to. The melody got stuck in my head, so I found my self coming back for more. I simply couldn’t resist. I love whenever they sing “tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight… I’ll do all for you.” Plus, “ALL FOR YOU” gives off a sense of warmth and love. I feel at peace whenever I have this song on. I love everything about it. From the aesthetically pleasing music video to the lyrics, which are incredibly heartfelt and down to their beautiful voices. First-generation Kpop idols always have this relaxed and nostalgic vibe that instantly draws me in. I found out about Sechskies after their reunion, and I am so happy to be a fan because they always release the best songs.

Fun fact – This song is actually dedicated to Yellowkies (the name for Sechskies’ fandom). At the end of the video, you can see people in yellow raincoats holding yellow umbrellas. Yellow is the group’s official colour, and the people represent the fans that continue to support Sechskies.

That is all for this post. I hope you all enjoy listening to “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES as much as I do.

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 11 – 16|FINALE

Yesss… finally it is here.

In this post, I will be reviewing the remaining episodes of Queen: Love and War and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t seen the two previous reviews, use these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Queen: Love and War: Drama Review โ€“ Episode 1-4

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Queen: Love And War: Drama Review โ€“ Episode 5-10

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.

I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal.

The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.

  • Wal played by Lee Si EonScreenshot (31)He proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.

So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.

Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.

The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.

Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.

Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.

Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.

Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –

I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well done๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.

Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Queen: Love and War with English Subtitles on Viki

And if you are currently watching or you’ve already completed it, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

 

 

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 –

My Pictorial|Pictures Faves: Flowers and Fantasy

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Angelababy on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China – March 2020 Issue. She was photographed by Chen Man. I really love the concept of insects and nature, she looks like a fairy in all these set of photos.img_3629img_3632img_3631img_3630img_3628

 

img_3606img_3608img_3607img_3605South Korean Model Han Hye-jin rocks FENDI for the 2020 March Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR. I love the vibrant colours, and the way the flowers were incorporated into the shoot is also beautiful.

 

img_3323img_3663img_3325img_3324Chinese actress Zhou Yutong for NeufMode Style. I love the pastoral setting of these pictures. She is stunning.

 

img_3329img_3331Teaser images for Dreamcatcher’s 1st Album – Dystopia: The Tree of Language. I haven’t listened to any song from this group, but I really love their concept for this comeback. I might check them out.

 

img_3321Chinese actress Xu Jiao updated her fans with some new pictures. This is my favourite. She looks like an antique painting.

Here are some other images that she posted.img_3327img_3328

 

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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 ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ HYUKOH โ€“ 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.ย 

 

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ 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,ย 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 rolling๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. “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 SHOCKED๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ.
  • “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.ย  This song has me hypnotized for real.
  • The intensity at the end is too good. That guitar riff. LORD… I’m out๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€.
  • 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.

That is all I have for this post, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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 toย 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.

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  • 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 thatโ€™s why things are always so hard
Even inside the greed that I was afraid to lose
There is a small beauty

[Verse 2]
Iโ€™m happy right now, so Iโ€™m nervous
Because the sea is always calm before the storm
Because donโ€™t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
Iโ€™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 donโ€™t want to be set on fire and burn quickly
Weโ€™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 didnโ€™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 care๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Kings, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings. Just like the ladies, I had so many people to include. So here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Sung Hoon for W Korea Magazine. He was carefully sculpted to enchant anyone that dares to look. LOL.img_3176

 

img_3060img_3061Xiao Zhan on the cover of Vogue Me – February 2020 Issue. He graced the cover with Estelle(a model), but since this is male-focused, I didn’t include their photos together. Anyways Xiao Zhan always serves looks.

 

img_3017img_3018NCT’s Jaehyun was recently featured in ELLE magazine. All NCT members are pure visuals that stun at every given opportunity. I included his pictures for their representation.

 

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Chen Linong for CCTV Chinese New Year Gala program. Iย  always see his pictures, but I never had the opportunity to include him in my previous photo posts. He is really handsome.

 

img_3104My favourite photo from Lee Do Hyun’s recent shoot for Esquire magazine. He is a rising star, and I cannot wait to watch his next project.

 

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Arthur Chen for the DiorCouture Spring-Summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week. I don’t know him that well, but he got my attention. Oh, I just realized that he was the lead for Ever Night (2018). I am suddenly into guys with low cuts.

 

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Lee Jae Wook for DAZED Korea. I cannot wait to see him in a lead role, he is a good actor.

 

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Xu Kaicheng for K-MEDIA. He is seriously giving me Dracula vibes in these photos.

 

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Chinese singer, Ayunga for Vivo x Alexander Wang. I just love his pictures, and he surely looks dapper in this Chinese New Year snaps.

 

And last on this list… ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ is the one and only Taeyang. Honestly, he looks so good in this photo from Esquire magazine. How can one be that fine? Plus, his thick eyebrows made their statement.ย img_3013

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.img_2982

 

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Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.ย  I love her funky and goofy poses.

 

IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.

 

Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.ย  She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

 

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Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.

 

Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.

 

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Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.

 

And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Couples Edition.

This edition is focused on couples. I included some real couples, but most of the pictures are actors/models that partnered for a photoshoot or starred in a drama together. ENJOY.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Sung Hoon and Chun Woo Hee for W Korea. They are so beautiful. Sung Hoon has that perfect edgy, but clean-cut visuals. img_3179img_3207img_3175

 

img_3152img_3151img_3153Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao on the latest posters for Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book. I find it so fascinating that the three posters connect through one tree. Isn’t that cool?

 

img_2790img_2793img_2789Chinese singer Han Geng and his wife Celina Jade shared their romantic wedding pictorial on Weibo. They are so lovely and goofy together.

 

img_2785img_2784img_2783Kris Wu and Japanese model Koki take the front cover of Marie Clarie China – February Issue. They complement each other well, and they are both stunning individuals.

 

img_2056Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are magnetic on-screen. Their chemistry is to die for. I adore this promo shoot they did for Crash Landing On You.

 

img_3125img_3124Recently released posters for the upcoming Chinese TV series – Find Yourself. It stars Victoria Song and Song Wei Long as leads. I am counting down the hours to its premiere. I have so many dramas to watch, but very little time.๐Ÿ˜ช

 

img_3142The leads for Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty look quite cozy together in their recent cover shoot for Men’s Uno Young! February issue. I think they had great chemistry in the drama, and I will be keeping an eye out for their future projects.

 

img_2838_originalimg_2837The main casts of the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty in a New year themed shoot for NEUFMODE Magazine. I need to watch this series, but I have been so busy with school.

 

7c61fcc9-9890-4d73-a150-5e904f2169c8-1947-000000e499bae16dimg_2673Jin Se Yeon and Kim Min Kyu on the promotional posters for Queen: Love and War. The colours for the traditional attires are so vibrant. I could stare at them for days. Costumes are my major delights when watching historical series.

 

img_3046This is a poster for the Chinese web movie – The Enchanting Phantom. It is a remake of A Chinese Ghost Story, and it will be available exclusively on Tencent. The details on this poster are insane, and the colours are remarkably captivating. I must find a means to watch this movie.

 

img_3201A chilling poster for the Chinese drama, Sword Dynasty. The white and blue colours scream elegance. I am tempted to watch the series.

 

And last on my list is the adorable beauty, Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng on H&M’s latest Chinese New Year campaign. They released a lot of pictures, but these are my favourites.img_3196img_3195

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. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • It is definitely EDM Pop, and I like the beat.
  • This is already a groove.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • 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.