K-Music Week In Review Part 1: K.Will, Standing Egg, Yoona and more

K-Music Week In Review Part 1: K.Will, Standing Egg, Yoona and more

0 comments 📅16 May 2018, 16:58

Previous weeks have not been so busy, but this week has been manic. Indie musicians are coming out of their hiding holes and showing their listeners just how much they have all grown over their breaks. So sit back, put your feet up and grab an iced drink. We are going super chilled.

Our Weekly K-music Review posts are here to give you a helping hand and a quick look back to the notable releases from Korean artists in a weekly format. This article looks at releases and comebacks from 10 – 13 May 2018.

K.Will – My Star
Released: 10 May

Serenading us with his soft and unique high toned vocals, K.Will is back in the charts with an upbeat ballad, something that fans of his are already accustomed to and look forward to seeing. K.Will is one of those artists who has taken the K-pop world by storm. Although he doesn’t make many songs each year, when he does, they hit the charts and soar to the top. Glad to see him back again.

Dreamcatcher – You And I
Released: 10 May

Fans of the J-rock group BABYMETAL or LOVEBITES may really enjoy listening to Dreamcatcher. The girls are one of the few K-girl groups who base their music videos on dark themes, something that a lot of K-pop groups seem to keep away from. Keeping true to their genre, Dreamcatcher leave the viewers spellbound with their music video and vocals combined.

Seo Eunkwang & Changsub (Of BTOB) – My Day
Released: 10 May

Known for their soft yet powerful harmonised vocals, Eunkwang and Changsub from the K-pop boy group BTOB have joined forces to bring a sweet and melodic love song to their fans. The song feels personal, simple yet effective in leaving the listener all loved up.

Grizzly – Firework (FEAT. Stella Jung)
Released: 11 May

In a modern, simplistic and very art nouveau creation, the music video is filmed in black and white and gives the viewer a sense of remembrance through memories. The song is a soft EDM backing track, with an indie vocal undertone. There is a slight nod towards the Parisian movie scene with the music video and song itself. A very chilled and relaxed song for a perfect summer night.

Standing Egg – S.C.H (Small But certain happiness)
Released: 11 May

Standing Egg are a firm favourite. They constantly bring out some great songs, but are one of the most underrated bands in the K-pop scene. They seem to be stuck on the bridge between K-indie and K-pop, but are very well known for their soundtrack songs for Korean dramas. Soft, upbeat, and relaxing, this is one of those feel-good tracks that you can listen to when walking around in the sunshine.

Woodz – Pool
Released: 12 May

Originally known as Seungyoun from the group UNIQ, a name change to Woodz and he is back on the scene to make fans swoon and fall in love with him and his beautiful and soft vocals. Hinting to the softer side of hip-hop and tilting his experienced hat to the R&B scene, he has certainly grown since the last time we saw him, and can’t wait to see more from him.

Cheeze – Hard For Me
Released: 12 May

Used as one of the soundtrack songs for the K-drama Rich Man, Hard For Me has all the elements you would expect from a Korean love story theme song. Cheeze’s high pitched vocals bring a new sense of emotion to those tense scenes, and the orchestral background music allows for those extravagant emotions to move along with the music. It’s a song that ticks all the right boxes.

Jay Moon – Fire
Released: 13 May

The spoken word truly does bring a whole new feeling to certain song genres. In this soft rap Jay Moon mixes his hip-hop background with the likes of soft pop and adds in elements from love songs to create a modern take on the usual K-pop scene. More like a poem with a tune, this release shows a lot of control, a lot of talent and a new artist to keep an eye on in the future. He is sure to go far!

Yoona – To You
Released: 13 May

Taking things back a step, Yoona (a member of the girl group SNSD – Girls Generation) has created a retro love song with modern day visuals for her solo song of 2018. Giving off a chilling yet enthralling sensation (it’s highly recommended that you listen with a good pair of headphones), there is an element to the song that will bring over a mixture of emotions. She has truly surpassed any expectations for her solo release and hopefully there will be more tracks like this from her. The music video is also like a beautifully artistic film.

As there have been a lot of releases this week, be sure to check back for the second installment of  K-music week in review, which will look at releases from 14 May – 16 May 2018

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