It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted on Tuesdays by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for today is music I’ve been listening to lately. At this point, I may end up just making this a regular feature separate from TTT. About a month ago, I posted my first music update talking about music I’d been listening to recently, and I wanted to do another one! Also be sure to check out Kaitlin’s recent listening list on Twitter ^-^ The first five are non-Korean, the last five are Korean.
Feel It Still | Portugal The Man
Vitamin Water commercial, anyone? This song has only continued to grow on me the more I hear it, and it’s actually led me to find more music like it. It’s the perfect mix of quirky, upbeat, and indie. If you like this one, definitely check out the next.
That Thing | Hazel English
I knew about That Thing before I found out about Feel It Still, but they tend to go hand-in-hand for me. I love listening to them one after the other. It’s not terribly eloquent, but I love Hazel’s voice in this and the way it meshes with the music.
Sign of the Times | Harry Styles
Yes, really, Harry Styles. I try not to discriminate music too much based on the artist. I found that I really enjoyed this one as I was catching up on Carpool Karaoke. The ending tries a bit too hard to be angsty, but overall, I like it. I’m interested to see what Styles comes out with in the future. It’d be cool to see him go more the direction of alternative and rock music compared to what his bandmates have come out with recently.
Japanese Denim | Daniel Caesar
This was recommended to me about a year ago by a good friend, but it’s taken a while for it to really grow on me. I’ve only started listening to it again now, and I’ve come to actually like the starts and stops and the lyrics at the front of it all.
Say You Like Me | We The Kings
I’ve been in a really happy / love song state of mind music-wise (despite how this playlist may look so far), and We The Kings has long been a part of my summer mix.
Love Talk | Kisum ft. Hwasa
I’ve been getting into more female indie soloists lately like Heize, Suran (thanks Kaitlin ^-^), and Kisum. I’ve been looking into Kisum especially and fallen in love with her rap style and voice. She reminds me of Euna Kim without the sweetness and Heize without so much raspiness (though I love all three for their unique qualities). Honestly, I’m not usually a fan of Hwasa, but I think her voice fits well with the song. If you like this one, also check out Kisum’s collab with Jooyoung. I didn’t highlight both individually because Kisum’s voice is pretty similar in both, but I also really like Jooyoung.
Ordinary Love | Kyung Park ft. Baek Yerin
Kyung Park’s moment seems to have passed, and I wasn’t that into him until I found this one from a few years back after getting hooked on Kisum. I love the simple beat to this one and the ways that Kyung Park and Baek Yerin’s voices interact. I’m not into Yerin’s personality, but I do appreciate her voice a great deal.
좋은걸 뭐 어떡해 (What Can I Do) | Day6
I told Day6 near and dear to my heart, but I’ve also wondered what could happen if they wanted to experiment with more rock sounds rather than pop band sounds. I feel like they’ve created a mishmash with What Can I Do, and I actually don’t hate it. I do wish that they’d stayed truer to one style or another. All things considered, it’s a promising development, and I really like this one right now.
Wake Me Up | Taeyang
I refuse to highlight music just because it comes from artists I like, not because I love the music itself. That’s why I didn’t talk about Winner’s comeback, even though Love Me, Love Me is on my playlist. Taeyang really does deserve this one. I like Wake Me Up even more than Darling, and it does a good job of balancing lyrics and meaning out with the music itself. Props to Kush for mixing, looking forward to seeing more from him as a YG producer.
내 납자친구를 부탁해 (Please Take Care of My Boyfriend) | Younha
I haven’t been keeping up with Younha’s recent work, but I’m a big fan of her older work, particularly Please Take Care of My Boyfriend. I’ve had to listen to a lot of music that’s actually stored on my phone recently and came back across this one. It’s a pretty standard ballad music-wise, but Younha’s voice perfectly highlights the emotions to the lyrics.
What music have been you listening to lately?