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Weekly Wrap-up for August 14-20

Aug 22, 2023 | Review, Mini

My entire post disappeared right before I posted it. ㅠㅠ So, I will try to rewrite it with as much enthusiasm as I had the first time.

Last week was pretty well balanced, I think. I listened to a lot of tracks for the first time, but these were my favorites. These are in release order to avoid looking like I was ranking them.

Disclaimer: I am studying music production and often talk about the production of songs. I also mention other songs or artists that come to mind. This isn’t to compare talent but to provide a reference point to what I’m hearing or describing. I will often critique, but please don’t confuse this with being negative or hating on anyone. If I honestly dislike something, it won’t be featured on the site because I’m not in the business of being mean.


HONGRYEON by Ahn Ye Eun

I love how eerie this song feels right away. The way it begins in earnest with her rolling voice and the drum, immediately brought to mind traditional Pansori. The chanting contributing to the eerie feel of it. Then the strings chime in and elevate the song to another level. I haven’t had a chance to watch any performances of this yet, but I am eager to do so. I’ve listened to this multiple times to try to explain how I feel about it, but it is just mesmerizing. I want to create a dance to it, but I also just want to listen to it on repeat. Her voice honestly blows me away. The overall effect of the song is stunning. Every sound and instrument serve a purpose in propelling the story of the music forward. You just have to listen to it. All I’m going to do is gush over it rather than review it at this point.

Fast Forward by Jeon Somi

I can easily imagine this song blasting at any club or dance party. It feels a bit like Madonna meets K-pop in the best way possible. I just want to get up and dance every time it comes on my playlist. How could you not, right? The only other song of hers that I know well is Anymore. I love that song! However, my one critique about Fast Forward is that her voice is so rich and emotive that I wish the vocal track was mixed above the music more often. She gets a bit lost at times and the bass seeps into my brain so it’s not a song I can listen to multiple times. I know that’s in keeping with the club style of music. But it’s also the reason I don’t really listen to much of that style. This track though, I do really enjoy it. And I’ll be looking into the rest of her discography.

Mirror (Tic Toc) by HeyMen

Speaking of vocals, I love the way the singer uses his voice as an instrument on par with the electric guitar throughout this track. That hi hat ticks at the best moments to drive home the time ticking he references in the lyrics. You get that sense of urgency in such a visceral way. The majority of what you hear is the drums and electric guitar, via the other band mates, and the way he marries his voice with them both, I end up listening on repeat without intending to. Not to mention, the dueling electric guitars at the end highlighted the way his voice was filling that same space throughout the song in such a fulfilling way. Already on a playlist!

Don’t Leave Yet by Eric Nam

This song somehow shares the same essence as Wildfire, which was my favorite from There and Back Again. Eric Nam’s voice is full of so much emotion that he controls what you feel for the entirety of the song every time he sings. That being said, dissecting the lyrics and emotions of this track would be an entire post in itself. But there is something this song does amazingly well and I think Eric’s production team needs a gold star or something. Eric’s voice is so strong that I had to listen a few times before I noticed everything happening in the background. At the crescendo of the instruments toward the end, there is so much happening back there! And it would be so easy for his voice to get lost. But his team had that chaos lift and carry his voice like a crowd surfer at a concert. And I think that’s a beautiful bit of symbolism to go with the lyrics, intended or not. Great song. Keep them coming, Eric Nam!

Rainy Days by V

As someone who only loosely listens to BTS here and there, I had no idea what to expect going into this track. I have a playlist full of songs that make me want to put on headphones, lie on the floor, and let the music and feelings wash over me while it rains outside. This song quite literally embodies that same vibe, so obviously I added it to that playlist already. His voice is a lot deeper and richer than I think I realized. Something I rather enjoyed is the chorus. The bass sort of bleeds into his voice, which is already less sharp and clear compared to his voice during the rest of the track. It’s almost as if the bass was meant to pull him under. Like when you’re getting emotional, and you feel like your heart is in your throat and surely everyone can hear it. It felt a lot like that. I really enjoyed the way the production introduced all these elements that aren’t typically considered musical paired with the emotions he brought to the song. You could pair it with Feeling Blue by Milky Day & frad & Haybe, Lullaby by UMI and Yeek, and Lose by R.A.D. for a smooth and soulful playlist to put on and just feel things.

Girls’ Capitalism by tripleS LOVElution

Another track where I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. The funky bass and retro vibes are balanced by the bright guitar and bright vocals. It’s such a fun and bouncy song that I can’t help but groove to it every time it comes on. And such a strong message that I think we all need to hear right now. The concept of TripleS is intriguing, but this is the first song of theirs that I listened to and I’m definitely keeping my eyes on them moving forward.

Slay by Everglow

I haven’t listened to much of Everglow and that’s honestly a shame. Slay is a solid anthem track that I want to blast at full volume while working out or cleaning the house. It’s super catchy and makes you wanna move. However, the music is so full that it gets to be a bit sonically overwhelming for me. It feels much busier than it likely is. And I have t o work at paying attention to their amazing vocals above the music. They definitely slayed the track (pun intended), but I end up with a headache while listening casually. So it’s going on the workout playlist for background noise instead. And I’ll have to find a different Everglow song for daily listening playlists.


Thank you for joining me! Hopefully you found something interesting and left feeling a little lighter than you arrived!

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