Welcome to another Kpopalypse roundup! Let’s check out some new releases!
Seventeen – Not Alone
Not awful, but yet another example of why Seventeen at least as a full group have never really gotten anywhere in these roundups.
Twice – Kura Kura
The pace is nice but a weak chorus lets it down. At least the girls finally actually look good again, the first time they’ve been allowed to since “Fancy” dragged them down into a black pit full of shadow and sparkly things that weren’t them.
Monsta X – Flavors of Love
It should be illegal to have a Marshall head and quad in a video for a song with no electric guitar.
Enhypen – Drunk Dazed
Hey, it’s okay, I guess. The hook is a little annoying but at least it gets down to business, support it so fast paced music in k-pop comes back.
P1Harmony – Scared
Throwing an excellent beat over the usual boring boy group template doesn’t actually help as much as you might think it should.
B1A4 – 10 Times
A lot of groups are doing B1A4 tributes this week and I’m not going to cover any of them because they’re boring. This song isn’t as intolerable as most of the others but it takes far too long to get going.
AB6IX – Close
This just is another one of those songs that isn’t terrible but just sounds like everything. Change the bassline by about two notes and it’s a SHINee solo song or whatever.
Penomeco – JAJA
That girl looks far too young to be hanging out on a bed with some dickhead in an R&B video. For all I know she’s older than I am, but it just looks wrong. Isn’t anyone quality-controlling this stuff? Okay, that was a silly question.
Yesung – Phantom Pain
I think the pain is very much real.
LambC ft. Stella Jang – Fortune Teller
It’s almost not completely boring because of the slightly odd way they’ve done the bass.
Wheein ft. pH-1 – Trash
Wheein looks far better here than in that other video from last week. So that’s something good. Of course the song sucks but nobody expected anything else, Mamamoo members looking good is enough.
Lim Seo Won – Shoulder Dance
This song would actually be alright if it wasn’t sung but a kid with a cheese-grater voice. Can’t kids just be kids, why does everyone want to be a k-pop. If you’re a parent and your child wants to do this shit just tell them it’s an activity for when they get older, like drinking coffee or dealing drugs.
Park Jiwoo – Happiness Or Sadness
The song has the terminal mumbles but that’s a sweet acoustic guitar tone.
IZ – Missing You
Actually a pretty decent rock tune, and okay it doesn’t go as hard as it could but the melody is correct and present as it should be, so it’s already in the top tier for this week.
Crystal Tea – Romanticist A.I
Wow this is a nice looking video, with sexy guitars and attractive people. Something’s missing though, ah yes, the music sucks ass. Gosh what a shame.
WAO – OnTheFire
These boys are putting way more effort into this than actually seem justified given the general lameness of it.
Soyeon – Interview
Hands up everyone who loves T-ara. Now everyone with your hands up, list your five favourite T-ara songs. I bet none of them on anybody’s list sound anything like this. Soyeon really has no fucking clue which side of her bread the butter is on, and the weird choice to highlight some fat dude’s guts hanging out of his undersized shirt instead of Soyeon underlines the general strangeness of everything.
EXN – Reverse
You can really tell when the singer-songwriter is also the bass player, because this song is just an excuse for a bassline really.
Drippin – Fate
“For the fans” content here to bore you again.
ONF – The Realist
This is my weekly reminder to you that if you send an album track, even if it looks like something I’d like on paper, there’s about a 99% chance I’m going to shit on it anyway so you might as well save your energy. ONF’s latest B-track sounds great at first, until the vocal melody comes in and it becomes very clear that nobody knew how to write one.
Kylie – Confused
I’m not sure about Kylie Minogue’s new musical direction, but the surgery definitely worked, I’ll give her that much.
Heesu – Honey Eyes
Unusual, but very, very bland – pretty much just a beat.
Zamgolbers – All Is Well
There was a bit less of this type of cacophonous bullshit released this week than last, but know that this type of music is why South Korea is struggling to progress as a society. I’m not even joking, do you think the conservatives doing so well in the recent elections there is a coincidence? The conservatism starts in music before it creeps over into politics.
Han Dong Geum – Thank You For Letting Me Leave
It’s okay, you can go, we totally don’t mind.
BONUS RANDOM VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The smartest member = Umji Gfriend
When I wrote my Gfriend retrospective to celebrate Korean Indie’s 10th anniversary, some cynics thought I was picking on Gfriend’s Umji. Not at all! Regular readers will know that I have long recognised Umji as the best member of Gfriend, and this video confirms many of her positive qualities. Not only is she highly attractive, but Umji’s life skills are sky-high by idol standards, and let’s be honest, there’s definitely times in your life when you’re going to want someone with you who knows exactly how much 25 grams is.
That’s all for this week – Kpopalypse roundup returns next week!
4 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 26/4/2021”
Actually though, Umji appreciation is always nice. The poor girl deserves to know that not everyone is shallow trash with a need to force their own beauty standards upon others. Her unique looks are far more interesting than the generically pretty kpop look that so many companies force their idols in to.
Now we just need a combo “life hack / DIY / arts n’ crafts” web series starring Jae-kyung, Umji, Chuu and the world will be complete.
I was going to post a long, involved thesis-length response to almost all your reviews, but nah.
Basically, seeing the ladies in Kura Kura was nice and I want them to re-do this in Korean (because even though three of their members are Japanese, they as a group just sound different and better when they sing in Korean), Wheein has become my bias wrecker supreme (she has grown into this dangerous, faery beast) – I sure wish the rest of her group could get some good songs again because I really miss them when they’re firing on all cylinders, it was REALLY great hearing Soyeon again(!), next time I listen to the song I will NOT watch the video (seriously, the guy made me think he was having some kind of seizure when he started dancing by himself in that park!), we all love Umji (because we should), and in your remarks on Zamgolbers you hit on THE main problem holding most of SK back from achieving what real success it could have in the world: the struggle between antiquated, hurtful ‘conservatism’ (that’s really more reactionary) and true, open-eyed progressivism.
Keep up the good fight!
Weird that I recognize the girl in the Penomeco video. She’s an actress named Kim Hyang-gi. I think she’s 20 or 21.
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