lördag 30 augusti 2014

Jpop: Mr Ramen

Mr Ramen is just this japanese bitpop (synth music based on video games) artist I found, which suits just into my playlist for asian synth music as I like those retro game sounds.

torsdag 28 augusti 2014

Kpop: Super Junior - Mamacita (아야야)

Here it is, the come back for Super Junior. "Mamacita" is half a fun western drama with the guys taking on a range of cliche roles and half a passionate dance-in-a-box in warm colors. The song is neither here or there, but for the elf's (SJ fan club members) I am guessing it is more than enough.

Mandopop: Li Yuchun/Chris Lee (李宇春)

Li Yuchun (or her english name Chris Lee) from China was widely debated when she won the idol competition Super Girl in 2005 as she had a tomboyish/androgynous styling which didn't follow the usual beauty standard. She has since then risen to become one of the most famous chinese singers, but for me her music hasn't really done it for until this year. First the interesting "Dance to the music", and now, the superb synth retro video of "In 1987, I didn't know I would meet you".

Mandopop: Jeannie Hsieh - To Be Mature (要發達)

To be honest - the new song from Jeannie Hsieh is a hot mess. Her "Sister" was a much better track. But what a fascinating video. Its like a golden celebration of slightly off bad taste. Like someone trying to make something both luxurios and stylish at the same time. As someone says in the comments - this is the style of Jeannie Hsieh, whether you like it or not. I like it. ;-)

fredag 22 augusti 2014

Jpop: Suiyoubi no Campanella - Sen no Rikyū (千利休)

When talking about the history of the Japanese tea ceremony, one cannot avoid the 16th century zen monk Sen no Rikyū, who formed many aspects of the powerful tradition. (As an interesting side note, he served under the famous shogun Nobunaga, who started the unification of Japan)
Named after this monk, the new video from the duo Suiyoubi no Campanella has a theme that combines the tea ceremony with several mystical aspects, but I find it somehow quite suitable for its theme.

torsdag 21 augusti 2014

Kpop: Stellar - Mask (마스크)

Whatever one may have thought of Stellar's explicitly sexy and slightly trashy look for "Marionette" (I thought the video was badly styled and rather almost un-sexy but the song was actually really good and not to be missed), it worked for them as they stayed in the spotlight for several weeks. This ofc means that the follow-up video will continue in the same mould. So…yes, if you liked Marionette for its "visuals", you will like this too. They song isn't too bad either, but more bland that memorable. If you want a group that does what Stellar is trying to do, but in a more successful way, watch some of 9Muses videos.
  • Stellar - Mask (마스크)

Kpop: Sunny Hill - Monday Blues

Finally! Is this the end of Sunny Hill's "boring" phase? I know that the ballads and touching songs they have released for some time now is liked by many, but for me they have been a step down from what they did at their renewal back in 2011 with "Midnight Circus" etc. The new "Monday Blues" isn't perfect in any sense, but it feels refreshing for Sunny Hill as they had this unique charm that I feel they have been downplaying with the more serious tone, but now is back.