I don’t pay much attention to the yearly influx of noobs in kpop anymore. There are just too many debuting each year and most of them sound and look more or less the same. That said, every now and then a group comes along and makes me sit up and take notice. Usually it’s a combination of a song that I like from get go and a MV that is eye catching in some way. I also don’t have time to follow the content these noobs put out in various medias, so I don’t really get to know the members in a way I did with my older faves. It’s a YT video here and a variety apparence there. But, at least I’m still able to learn their names, and possibly positions pretty quickly. 🙂
The debut that got me this year is that of ONEUS. I really, really liked Vakyrie, a splendid first outing and the album was great as well. Their 1st comeback song, Twilight wasn’t perhaps quite as catchy but pretty good all the same. Then just a little over a week ago ONEUS had their 2nd comeback and boy, did they do it in style! Valkyrie was such a good song, that I thought it would be hard to top. Well, I was wrong.
가자 / LIT is… well, LIT. 😀 Though I do prefer the Korean title more. I absolutely love EVERYTHING about the song and the MV! The whole thing is a wonderful celebration of Korean culture. The song and especially the MV are so much fun. Full of life and packed with all sorts of referencs to Korean traditions and even history. I have about a decade of watching kdramas and my share of sageuks behind me, so I was able to pick out several of the references, but it was only after I watched DKDTV’s explanation video I realised how many there actually are.
The song is a perfect blend of traditional and modern elements. Done wrong it could have just ended up trite or even jarring, so I applaud the production team for a job well done. And I applaud ONEUS, or the team behind them (I don’t really know how much say in these matters the boys have), for taking a risk at trying something different. The song certainly stands out. It’s a total earworm too, I’ve had it playing in my head for days now, ha. 가자!
6.10.2019 Inki perf ~ Love the outfits. 🙂 The dance is actually pretty demanding and yet, they sound so stable.
Annnd the mirrored dance version
One more for the road^^ ~ Blue Sky, another song from their album. Yup, they sure can sing, all of them. Guess that’s a RBW thing.