Figured I'd make a playlist of the MVs that caught my eye for the first half of the year. Many of which will be contenders for my end of the year 'eclectic mix'. It was very slow-going for the first few months and the most interesting stuff, for me, has been of the non-idol variety. Still waiting for a mainstream group to do something that completely knocks my socks off. We'll see!
Link to the full playlist on Youtube
Purely chronological, as usual.
- Mad Clown (feat. Jinsil) - Fire
- hyukoh - Comes and Goes *
- MOSS - FLASH LIFE
- Dana Hong (feat. Swings) - Tat Tat Tat
- Zion.T & Crush - Just
- 4Minute - Crazy
- Mayson The Soul (feat. Paloalto, Ugly Duck) - Somebody
- SHINHWA - Sniper
- XIA - Flower
- GaIn - Paradise Lost
- Giriboy - Take Care of You
- Red Velvet - Ice Cream Cake
- Rap Monster - Do You
- Crayon Pop - FM
- EXO - Call Me Baby
- MAMAMOO, eSNa - Ahh Oop!
- Jimin Park - Hopeless Love
- Lee Moonsae (feat. Naul) - Spring Breeze
- OH MY GIRL - CUPID
- THE ARK - The Light
- Lim Kim - Awoo
- VINYLHOUSE - Negative Love
- Lim Kim - Love Game
- BIG BANG - BAE BAE
- BESTie - Excuse Me
- Kim Sung Kyu - Kontrol
- Yankie (feat. Tablo, Zion.T, Loco) - SOLD OUT
- GOGOSTAR - Jumping
- ANDA - Touch
- BTS - DOPE
Elaboration, highlights, and personal notes below!
First observation, SO MUCH BLACK AND WHITE. I noticed this from week to week also, but there were a ton of black and white videos... or with added pops of color. And every time a new black and white video would show up in my feed I'd end up loving the song. Interesting trend. I considered making an entirely black and white playlist for the hell of it. Maybe later. Lol. Anyway, a few of those made the cut.
Some stand-out observations of my favey faves.
Totally stunning black and white on this one. Zion.T and Crush both make music that vibes well with my personal taste. This is suuuuuper mellow, but the audio and visual forms here are perfectly complementary.
I always enjoy seeing really ambitious over-the-top videos as on display in both Shinhwa's 'Sniper' and Junsu's MV for 'Flower' here:
Shouldn't be any surprise that Flower will be making it to the end of the year list, too. Junsu is my ultimate bias and this video is a wild spectacle. He may be illegally banned from TV, but he sure knows how to make up for it in MVs and concerts! Bonus: Watch him perform it live.
Similar shout-out to GaIn for 'Paradise Lost'. Fantastic concept with great execution. At this point the censorship board must have a special ban-button just for her. Any announcement of a comeback and they preemptively hammer that thing. XD
I'm determined to learn the choreography to Crayon Pop's 'FM', because it's glorious.
Lee Moonsae's 'Spring Breeze' isn't a hugely special song, but the video is hilarious and has quite a sweet message about the ways we connect socially with all of our new tech.
From funny, we flip to The Ark's emotionally devastating debut video. Bring your tissues to that one.
OH MY GIRL's 'Cupid' is my favorite of the traditional girl-group debuts so far. The video is the epitome of the hyper girly aegyo stuff I can barely stand. BUT THE SONG IS SUCH A JAM. I adore the drum-line percussion and they also totally owned the live performances. So props for that.
I could have made a fully black and white playlist. I also could have made a playlist of entirely Lim Kim's 'Awoo'. 1 through 30. All Lim Kim. Rofl. This song and video combination is one of the most exciting and satisfying I've seen in a long time. This is like top 20 Kpop of ALL TIME for me.
Aaaaaaaand I already want to listen to it again. It made a bit of an impact in the music subreddit as well, so it seems to have some universal/cross-over appeal. Which is cool.
VINYLHOUSE? I'm a sucker for papercraft.
Aaaaaaaaand more Lim Kim. Both 'Awoo' and 'Love Game' are amazeballs. Not everyone liked Love Game as much, but I dig it. Always gets me dancing.
Sooooo... BIG BANG. They've released a million things (and there may be more?), so I wasn't sure what to include. Considering the cut-off for this first half playlist was June 1st I decided on 'Bae Bae'... for purely visual reasons. It's utterly ridiculous and TOP's flowery hallway scene induced a giggle-fit beyond measure. Let it be known I feel deeply uncomfortable watching it. *hul*
Also tough to choose between Sungkyu's MVs. Both lovely. Went with 'Kontrol'.
Bringing home the black and white trend with GOGOSTAR's trippy symmetry in 'Jumping'.
ANDA's 'Touch' is a visual hybrid of Fiona Apple's 'Criminal' and Dizzee Rascal's 'I Don't Need a Reason', which I think is pretty interesting, despite the song not really being my thing.
Finally, BTS's 'Dope'. This came the closest to knocking my socks off in terms of the big mainstream groups. There's something in the water with these guys. I wouldn't qualify their style as something I'd be into, yet every major release has been an absurdly infectious earworm for me. This MV is the perfect case for less is more. I'm sure it was tricky to shoot, but it's only a basic performance of their choreography. No elaborate sets or filters or narrative scenes. But it works. And I love it.
That's a rap!
Gonna go put 'Awoo' on repeat a few hundred times. ^^