It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup! Let’s check out some new releases!
CLC – Me
A neat rhythmic twist in the chorus isn’t quite enough to make this song work. Of course people will like it for the lyrics anyway but if you actually care about music there’s not a lot going on here that actually fits together.
Tiffany ft. Babyface, Chloe Flower – Runaway
Incredibly, Tiffany manages to out-Tiffany her own notorious monologues with one of the cringiest spoken song intros of all time. Tiffany’s hair styling in the intro is the only winner here.
Lee Hi ft. B.I – No One
Seemingly a song about Lee Hi being abducted by furries, I guess that explains what happened to her all this time.
OneUs – Twilight
Keeping the tempo going throughout instead of dropping down to half-time constantly would have helped improve this song a lot. Still, the guitar riff kind of saves it anyway.
Yoona – Summer Night
After an odd run of uncharacteristically great ballads over the last couple years, finally Yoona has a bullshit song which is just as boring to listen to as she is to look at.
Peniel – B.O.D
Absolutely laughably bad. It’s a terrifying thought that somewhere in the world, somebody is taking this seriously.
Giantpink ft. Yeri – Tuesday Is Better Than Monday
Pure trash. I feel sorry for Red Velvet stans who might feel morally obliged to like this garbage so they don’t offend their peer group. It must be tough being part of a fandom.
Aseul – Fade Away
It’s alright, but the weird rhythmic pulse does it no favours, and it all ends up sounding a bit wishy-washy. Aseul has done better.
Rothy – Bee
Kinda cool how she found the only active record store in Korea to shoot this in.
Rothy – Beautiful Days
Porn video of the week is this other one from Rothy which is just “let’s perv at Rothy in pretty clothes while a crap song plays”. “Special clip” indeed.
D-Crunch – Are You Ready
It’s not too bad I suppose but it’s not worth crunching your D over.
Beatburger – Butterfly Ribbon
The weird thing with eyes looks exactly like the weird painting in Alternative DiMansion Diary, which pretty much kills any small amount of sincerity in this “sensitive rap” garbage stone dead. Rappers please go hard or just shut the fuck up, nobody wants to hear you get in touch with your inner repressed normal person.
MASC – Maschera
It’s that bullshit sound everyone was doing last year. Forgettable.
EXID – We Are
A better “sentimental breakup song” than most, but it’s still puerile garbage that nobody is going to like except one-eyed fans of this group who would like anything they do just because their name is on it.
Universe Mongae – loveistheonlyanswer
Cool sounds but the songwriting just isn’t quite there.
Grazy Grace – Pink Is My Favourite Colour
Woman Who Should Do Kpopalypse Interview #5723 writes a song for her birthday and it’s like getting new coat hangers when you already have too many.
Yeojeong – Pui, The Happy Cat
The cat is certainly happier than I am.
Enob ft. Choilb – Deja Vu
These dogs got an even worse song.
Root – What I Want To Say
There’s something about yellow chains that just dulls the seriousness of the image they’re going for here. Yellow chains made of plastic are what you surround a children’s sandpit with so the kids don’t kick the sand everywhere.
Hot Teen – Bonita
Wait… are these kids wearing Han Seo Hee’s fashion line? Time to stan, folks.
Chic Angel – Like It
Just when you think you’re going to get a chorus, you get some weird half-time drop thing, and that really annoying synth line doesn’t help. This is definitely one for when your speakers don’t work.
Allegrow – Night & Day
My reviews are definitely biased, but they’re only biased because so much music is just shit now, which means that they’re not really biased at all.
Kwak Jin Eon – Your Shape
“Kpopalypse producer top-billing rule” remains true.
OnlyOneOf – Time Leap
This is like those slow boring BigBang songs that you’d always skip on the album.
Rockit Girl – Little Cat
If you’re searching for a reason to not attempt suicide this week, here you go. Listen to this a bunch of times, it’s fucking cool and I like how the melody just keeps going up, and up, really clever use of harmony in this song. Also great guitar selection, everyone should own a “Prince” guitar and an Avril Lavigne Telecaster.
Yoyomi – A Road In My Dream
Yoyomi dresses like your grandmother when she was a 20 year old uni student, which automatically makes this great. Did you know Yoyomi has released NINE singles and a full length album over the last 10 months? Now that’s determination! Now what’s your excuse for being a slackass?
BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK
BLACKPINK English Interview with Zach Sang Show
Never mind the content of the interview which definitely isn’t as “deep” as hyped, it’s just interesting to me to hear all the Blackpink accents. Most Koreans obviously speak English in an American accent because it’s Americans who are teaching them and spreading their (filthy, incorrect) ways of pronouncing words, so it’s nice when I hear a group that isn’t like that, and Blackpink meets required “not sounding completely like Americans” standards. Jennie’s and Rose’s accents are definitely converging, with Rose picking up the odd American style pronunciation lately, and recent Jennie interviews have her adding a lot more Australian inflections into her speech, and even Lisa’s starting to catch a little bit of the Australian style. I guess this is what happens when you share the same living space and work environment for years on end. When I see Rose in two weeks I’m going to ask if she wants any durries from the servo or just Maccas and a goon sack from the bottle-o. She’ll be stoked, I’m sure.
That’s all for this week – Kpopalypse returns next week with more roundup!