I rarely post about singles, but I think that some of these that I came across this week are worth highlighting. Not all are new, but all of them are new to me in some form or another.
FT Island | “Theory of Happiness”
This song is worth a post by itself, but I think I’ll wait for the whole album at some point in the future to give myself time to talk about the song in detail. This song is amazing, and it’s a shame that FT Island won’t succeed in mainstream Korean music with a song like this. Good thing Japan’s music industry exists or we won’t see the “Theory of Happiness”s come to light. Then again, I seem to prefer anything in Japanese over Korean.
Cho Yong-pil | “Hello (feat. Verbal Jint)” and “Bounce”
I’ve been living under a rock for the last 2 months, because I didn’t come across this song until yesterday. Yes, yesterday. I totally ignored Gaya‘s Spotlight at Seoulbeats on this 63 year old legend like an idiot, and only bothered to pay attention to the song because…it showed up on Younha‘s twitter. (My obsession with Younha is really getting out of hand now.) Nevertheless, Hello contains some awesome music.
Younha | “Delete”
Speaking of Younha, “Delete” is my new favorite song of hers for the week (from her first album). I add it in because I can.
John Park | “Slipping My Life” and “Too Late”
John Park released his new album Inner Child back on the 2nd, and I unfortunately didn’t cover it that day under the impression that I’ll write a review for it. It’s a good album, and the two songs I have up above are probably my two favorite songs from the album. As for whether the review will exist depends on the response I get, because High Heel‘s review remains half written (I’m sorry!)
Shinee | “Password”
I love this song so much. It’s in my top five Shinee songs ever. Too bad the rest of the album is lackluster compared to this little gem. Boys Meet U is not a bad listen, but it just feels incomplete and haphazard. For me, an album is made or broken on cohesion, and this is one of those unfortunate circumstances where a lack of cohesion has broken an album. The songs are still decent, for the most part, so go check it out.
Icon | “Hello”
Turns out the lead of the drama “Rock, Rock, Rock” has come out with a new group named Icon. No Min-woo is an incredibly talented musician, and the author of my favorite Trax song of all time, “End of the World.” Hearing about his new comeback certainly got me excited, but what I got isn’t exactly what I wanted. “Hello” happens to be the one standout track on the album, so I’ve posted it here.
Yan Wei-ling and Utopia | “最遙遠的距離是自己離開自己 (The Greatest Distance is Leaving Yourself Behind)”
Thank you Emily (dramarathon) for posting this song on your Tumblr. It’s wonderful. But I think Emily describes it best herself:
Utopia. Music that brings you out of this world.
Ethereal, electronic post-rock ambient band fronted by Taiwanese Singer Yan Wei Ling’s magical voice.
Lim Kim | “Like You Know It All”
I’m not a big fan of “All Right,” but this song is amazing. “Like You Know It All” has an artistic quality to it that I felt most of her other songs on the album lacked. I wish she promoted this one, over “All Right.”
That’s it for my picks of the week! If you liked this kind of post, let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to do one relatively often. What were your favorites this week?
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