torsdag 28 november 2013

Jpop: bomi (ボーミ)

The background of bomi can be said to be a somewhat unique representation how international the kpop/jpop scenes really are today as she has Korean parents, was born in USA, and then grew up as a Japanese. As an parallell, many of the famous korean pop idols we see today was often born/grew up in America, only to move to Korea as a grown-up when they wanted into the kpop scene. The latest song is a airy synth sounding cover of CSS:s "Part Night, Hold Me Tight".

Mandopop: Hebe Tien (田馥甄 )

Hebe Tien from Taiwanese trio S.H.E. here sings in hauntingly beatiful "Insignificance", which thankfully enough is also subtitled in english. I usually doesn't like mandopop ballads as they often feel somewhat slow and even boring (sorry!), but the nerve that Tien gives this song makes it something more. And yes, it *was* shot on Iceland... ;-)

Jpop: Czecho No Republic(チェコ・ノー・リパブリック)

The group started of in 2010 with good reviews from the start, and with the new singer Mai Takahashi (starting with "Fine Day") they got even better I think. They got all the signs of a "real" indie band with all the inherent nerdiness and happy-ironic stances that comes with it. (^_^)

Ukrainian pop: Alain Vinnytsya - OH

"OH" with Ukrainian singer Alain has that kind of catchy sounding refrain that gets stuck in your head, it's like a gum you cant stop chewing.

  • Alain Vinnytsya - OH

onsdag 27 november 2013

Kpop: Hyolyn - One Way Love (너 밖에 몰라)

I suppose the tactic with releasing two debut songs/videos like Hyolyn's company is doing, can have the benefits of higher exposure and also getting fans and subtractors to divide among themselves which one is the better one. And, yes, I will bite and say that I prefer the better song from "Lonely" to the more sexy but plain "One Way Love". The theme, common in kpop and kdrama, also makes me slightly sad as the signals in the video somehow sends double messages. Sure, that kind of uncertainty can be common in a relation, but it is just so often one is even supposed to somehow even enjoy this kind of misstreatment from men of their "loved" ones in korean/japanese/chinese dramas (as a kind of romantic suspense until thw two finally "falls in love") so I would rather skip it when possible. I'm not blaming Hyolyn for this, she's just part of an industry that really should learn to differentiate between sexy and sexistic a little bit more. It can be a thin line, but at least it could avoid flirting with such male chauvinistic views. It is like the difference between humor and sadism. One is enjoyed by both and the other is (usually) a One Way "Love".

tisdag 26 november 2013

Kindie: DJ Hanmin(디제이 한민) - Show me your bba sae

From DJ Hanmin's 2nd album comes this catchy track, "Show me your bba sae". The video supposedly gives us an inside view of a DJ's hard life on the road... (^_^)

måndag 25 november 2013

Mandopop - S.H.E. / 女朋友

S.H.E. is a Taiwanese female pop trio that has produced 11 albums since their start in 2001, and here is just a few examples from that. Essential mainstream mandopop one could say. ;-)