My Thoughts on iKON’s “Apology” Music Video

With iKON releasing some music videos for the second half of their debut album, I’ll be writing about “Apology” for this post.

I feel like there’s this trend of me liking iKON’s slower songs over their upbeat tracks, but I mainly think it’s because the vocalists get to shine more. For this song, Junhoe definitely takes the spotlight as he showcases a rough vocal tone that really gives the song a desperate, earnest vibe. I’m really glad that they decided to showcase his voice more in this song because I was becoming less interested in iKON, but his voice coupled with the melody allowed me to hear a new side of the group.

Shot in B&W like “Anthem,” “Apology” features couples struggling to stay together and splitting apart.

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My Thoughts on iKON’s “Anthem” Music Video

iKON releases a few songs from the second half of their debut album & I’ll be writing about “Anthem” for this post.

I find it interesting that the song opens with “iKON is coming to town” and that the song is titled “Anthem” in English, but the song isn’t performed by the entire group. I know that this song is only performed by a 2 member sub-unit, but some things just don’t match up.

To be honest, the song really reminded me of labelmate Mino’s “I’m Him.” Well, both songs are composed and arranged by Teddy and Choice37. But, they literally sound like the same instrumentals with minor adjustments, which makes the song just sound recycled to me. I wonder if I’m the only person who hears this? For the record, I much prefer Mino’s “I’m Him,” which just sounds so much smoother and cleaner.

As for the video, I like how the stylists dressed the boys to really suit the monochromatic video. Plus, the editing made the video look so much more interesting when it really the boys aren’t doing all that much.

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My Thoughts on B.A.P’s “Young, Wild & Free” Music Video

After being on hiatus due to their company dispute, B.A.P makes their return with “Young, Wild & Free.”

The group is also back with their signature loud sound, going with a rock-rap track. I like that it’s a nice change from the typical pop or ballad songs in mainstream Korean music. It’s not really my type of song, but I can still appreciate it. I’d say the highlight of the song is the hook (as it should be), but Daehyun’s vocals there really make the whole song.

The video certainly has a lot more mature, epic look compared to their previous videos, performing much of it in dim/flashing lighting. I don’t really have anything to rave about, but at times, the video seems a bit excessive like the random car circling scene. And although I think the splattering paint everywhere does complement the “Young, Wild & Free” concept, it just seemed like a sudden contrast to all the dark visuals in the rest of the video. In any case, it’s nice to see a hardworking group back on the scene.

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My Thoughts on myB’s “DDODDO” Music Video

Rookie girl group myB returns with a cutesy track “DDODDO.”

The girls still sport their all blond hair and look like they live in a toy world similar to a life size Lego set. They went for a much more cutesy concept this time around and pull it off quite well with a catchy upbeat track. I preferred their debut track which was still cute, but was also just more spunky and incorporated more difficult choreography. My favorite shot of the video is when the girls are laying in a circle around some fake Lego flowers and are filmed from above. I wish they filmed them performing in those outfits.

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My Thoughts on MADTOWN’s “OMGT” Music Video

MADTOWN is back with “OMGT.”

The video starts off with the boys walking past this brick wall with posters of a woman pasted all over it. They do a double-take since she’s so hot and then basically worship a TV that continually plays images of this mysterious woman. Through all their worshipping, she begins to emerge from the TV leg first, but somebody steps on a wire and pulls the plug. The TV shuts off and her leg falls out of the TV and they hold it up at a loss of what to do.

I really enjoyed the concept of the video and thought the ending was a fun twist. (Except, who could have stepped on the wire if they were all on their knees trying to catch her as she came out of the TV?) Plus, I really liked the use of bright and neon accent colors throughout the video adding contrast to the scenes.

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My Thoughts on HeartB’s “a song for you” Music Video

HeartB returns with another moving ballad “a song for you.”

Upon first listen, I immediately liked the song. Since their debut, they’ve released pretty solid ballads and they’ve got another one to add to their repertoire.

As for the video, it follows a woman as she reminisces a former lover. HeartB are seen singing around her, but continually fade away. With the song being about wishing to sing a song for a lover who’s already gone, it fits really well with the simple video concept. I thought it was a nice touch that the video opened with a widening screen and closed with a narrowing screen, just as the lyrics begin with the start of the relationship to end of it.

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My Thoughts on M.A.P6’s “Storm” Music Video

M.A.P6 makes their debut with “Storm.”

Is a new group considered a rookie group if most of the group members actually debuted as part of A-Prince and was active since 2012? I don’t know, just some food for thought.

I felt like the piano instrumentals were really promising, but all the aggressive rapping sounded really jarring to me. To be honest, I think the song would be better off just with the soft, lilting vocals. I don’t have much to note about the music video, as there’s not really a storyline or unique concept to discuss and because I kind of checked out after hearing the over-aggressive chorus the second time around. I have to say this isn’t a very strong or memorable debut track, so we’ll see where they go from here.

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My Thoughts on RANIA’s “Demonstrate” Music Video

RANIA returns with some new members for “Demonstrate.”

RANIA came onto the scene with a really memorable debut “Dr. Feel Good,” but they kind of faded out to me after that. I have to say “Demonstrate” sounds a lot more like their debut and is pretty solid. This isn’t an instant earworm, but it grows on you. I think if they keep going with this, the group can really grow. The video’s all performance and I think they really nailed some interesting choreo, plus the gum prop is a really nice touch.

One of the newest members Alex is said to be the first non-Asian (half black/half white) artist to join K-pop, so that’s been making some waves in the K-pop community. She was unable to feature in the music video for “Demonstrate” as she didn’t have a working Korean visa yet, but she’s currently promoting with RANIA on live shows. They featured her in the music video teaser, so I don’t really get why they didn’t use that footage to include her in the music video if they couldn’t wait for her visa to film the video. In any case, people are very skeptical as to whether she will truly be a new member of RANIA, but they’ll have to wait until RANIA’s next single to find out.

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My Thoughts on VIXX’s “Chained Up” Music Video

VIXX returns in chokers for “Chained Up.”

VIXX is pretty well known for always coming back with very distinct and unique concepts, so I was well aware of fans freaking out about them wearing chokers for a song titled “Chained Up.” With chokers being all the rage right now, it seemed like a pretty timely concept.

The song and video didn’t really strike me the way their previous title tracks have, so that was a bit disappointing. I think the biggest deviation from expectation due to the teasers is that I thought this would be a sleek and sexy song and it really isn’t either of those things. With a song title like “Chained Up” and chokers as the concept accessory, how much better and more fitting would this have been if it was a sleek and sexy song? I didn’t fall in love with this song first listen and it isn’t an instant fave, but after a few listens, I do admit it grows on you. I just think with a “chained up” concept, a lot more could have been done.

There are some interesting visuals in the music video, but conceptually there are a bunch of sets that don’t really have any relevance to the song, so that’s kind of out of place. But of the relevant sets, I liked the hanging chains set, as well as the mirror room with the broken mirror floors. Ravi’s tarp maze was slightly unimpressive though… but at least it conceptually made sense as opposed to Hyuk’s platform.

This comeback doesn’t really do it for me, but I do enjoy VIXX’s team for always coming up with interesting concepts, so I’ll be looking out for something a lot more engaging next time.

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My Thoughts on Brown Eyed Girls’ “Warm Hole” Music Video

Always bold, Brown Eyed Girls talk sex in “Warm Hole.”

Sexy is a word that Koreans use really often in regular conversation, but sex itself isn’t really all that talked about. Of course, tons of Korean songs refer to sex/romantic intimacy, but not many mainstream Kpop groups have ever dropped an entire song about sex that doesn’t attempt to be really vague about it. Brown Eyed Girls unabashedly sings about sex in “Warm Hole.” Whether the listener only understands English or Korean, it’s pretty clear what the song’s about.  Aside from the title and lyrics, the video make a number of references to the vagina including the most obvious, a tunnel. With how conservative Korean society is as a whole, I’m curious to know what they think about the song.

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