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. This is a monthly feature done in TTT format. The first five are non-Korean, the last five are Korean.
Better Life | P!NK
Back at it with the P!NK tracks! I wasn’t going to highlight two songs from the same album–but this album deserves it. Better Life is my second favorite track from the Beautiful Trauma album, and the one that really demonstrated to me how much P!NK’s grown as an artist and as a person.
Drops in the Ocean | Hawk Nelson
About three to four years ago, I was really into the Christian music scene but fell out of it as I looked into other genres. Ironically enough, I came back into it with this song because it was played in the background of a MixNine episode. The step back into that music has been uplifting and a lot of fun, and its good to see new artists bringing different styles into the genre.
The Less I Know The Better | Tame Impala
I’ve found that for songs I appreciate for the instrumentation and overall sound, I can let the lyrics go. In some cases (i.e., Savina and Drones’ Glass Bridge), it’s better just to feel the emotion being portrayed. I’m sure that I’ll end up looking up the lyrics to The Less I Know The Better soon enough, but for now, let’s just enjoy the music.
TRNDSTTR (Lucian Remix) | Black Coast
I heard this song for the first time a while back but didn’t like it because of the drop in the beginning when I expected something with a bit more power. I was reintroduced to it by MixNine (the MixNine song introduction train continues!) and, more specifically, Yao Ming Ming’s dance solo. Though it took some time, I’ve enjoyed falling in love with this one.
Breezeblocks | alt-J
The current American indie scene has been steadily growing on me, and Breezeblocks is one of my most recent favorites. It’s weirdly catchy and endearing, and I love how entertaining the music is. Just when the song becomes repetitive, it brings in new elements.
One More Chance | Super Junior
Super Junior was always a legacy kind of group for me. I knew of them because of their impact in the K-pop world and loved their iconic songs, but I was never a fan of their current music–until One More Chance. And it almost didn’t make it. I thought about deleting it for a while before it started to pick up, and I’ve liked it a lot since then. A big part of my interest in them has stemmed from recognizing them as individuals–Kyuhyun because of At Gwanghwamun, Henry because of Trap and his variety show appearances, and Kim Heechul for being savage on Knowing Brothers. It’s been great exploring this group as a current fan, and I hope to enjoy more of their music in the future.
Kingdom Come | Red Velvet
There was a period in late November where a lot of great things happened for the K-music world, most of which had to do with YG Family, MixNine, and Stray Kids, but one of the ones that didn’t was Red Velvet’s comeback. My favorites from the album were Kingdom Come, About Love, and Moonlight Melody. This isn’t my favorite album from them, but it showcases the group’s Red side in a way that’s more mellow than other albums. It’s good to see them (or their producers, rather) experimenting with what freedom SM allows them, and of course, it’s always nice to hear from these girls. Over the past year or so, I’ve grown to love them and their voices, especially Joy.
Day 1 (오늘부터 1일) | K.will
Another song I’ve found thanks to MixNine! It’s a bit ironic because this was one of my least favorite stages of the first round of position battles, but it’s one of my favorite recent songs. It’s got K.will’s signature style and the AKMU-like vibe of freshness and cheerful self-deprecation. All around adorable, the perfect taste of spring as we fall deeper into winter. And the Soyou/Park Min Woo MV is a plus ^-^
Snow | Zion T. ft. Lee Moon Sae
I’ve come to enjoy Zion T.’s style, and I’ve grown up with Lee Moon Sae, so this collaboration seemed like the perfect holiday collab gift. I didn’t like it the first listen through, but it steadily grew on me. I love its peaceful and lowkey vibe, and it expresses the varying degrees of loneliness that we see in the MV well.
I Like You | DAY6
If JYP only did one thing right in the twenty years since he founded his entertainment company, it was making Day6 and letting them do their own thing. I love this group so much, for their distinct sound as well as their exploration of different styles, and for their ability to express virtually every stage and feeling in a relationship in unique and authentic ways.
In I Like You, the best part of the song has got to be the first and the last chorus that’s sung by Brian and Sungjin. Their voices interact perfectly, both with each other and with the music. They capture the simple love and desperation of the song and the relief that comes with finally letting something go. With their voices and the lyrics, the song feels bittersweet, which is a nice spin on the same old same old 고백송 *cough* GOT7 *cough*. Jae’s chorus in the middle is all right but lacks the rawness that makes the song feel genuine.
Another notably great part was Jae’s mini electric guitar solo. There aren’t a whole lot of instrumental solos in Korean songs, so it’s nice to see them when they pop up and don’t just serve as a dance break. And a side note: I recently found out that the person in the group who writes all of their songs that hit me in the feels is Brian (maybe that’s why he conveys the emotion of the song the best?), so he’s definitely become my favorite member. With the end of Every Day6 where the group releases two songs every month of 2017, I wish them the best, hope they can take some time to rest, and come back with new music soon!
What music have been you listening to lately?