Last month of 2020, wow time does fly fast! Times have been turbulent for all of us, but thankfully there was music to help us face the tough times. This week saw a string of debuts and singles majorly. BoA returned with her 10th album, which made things BETTER for all us. ONEUS returned with a single whereas BM of KARD was seen in a collab hiphop song. IZ*ONE and The Boyz also made a comeback in the first week of December. With the festival of Christmas nearing, artists have begun to show their Christmas spirit with festive themed songs, some full of joy and some, with a tinge of nostalgia. As the temperatures went down, the ballads got even more sadder and even more nostalgic. Read along to know which artist made a comeback and who made a debut!

P.S. This week, we have begun an experimental section featuring K-Indie & K-HipHop tracks. Let us know how you find them and what else would you like to see? 

Please note: Some tracks are not yet available on Spotify or iTunes India yet. 

Debut:

  • Park So Yeon – Flower

Park Soyeon’s solo debut is flowery and pretty, just like the song’s title. The music video changes to three landscapes, each with its own color tone. The visuals are tied perfectly. The cute R&B track is definitely a great start for the week!

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Albums/Mini-Albums:

  • BoA – Better

December just got BETTER with BoA’s 10th Album. The legendary singer is back with an album, just under 38 minutes of pure joy and bops! With a mix of R&B and retro tracks, the album shows BoA’s versatility. My second pick from the album is L.O.V.E. What’s yours?

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  • KATIE – Our Time 

Katie Kim is back with an EP that is full of blues, literally and musically. The title track ‘Our Time’ is a slow jazzy number sung completely in English. The track is an ode to the beautiful times of the past.

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  • IZ*ONE – Panorama

IZ*ONE is back with their peppy charm! The music video for the title track gives a fantasy vibe, clubbed with stellar visuals.

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  • ITS (이츠) – 권태기 (Feat. Noovv) and 199N

A jazzy, ballad mini-album by ITS is a soothing listen. Dim lights, a cup of coffee, and a light book accompanied by this album will be a treat for the senses!

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K-Indie/K-HipHop:

  • daehan – Complex (ft. woOnim)

In this hip-hop track, daehan asks what he should speak when they meet in their first encounter after a breakup. The song has a slow urbane vibe to it.

Listen and download this song/album on:

Spotify

 

  • Catnip – Be Ma Self (ft. SlainEric)

This indie K-hip hop track is a trippy number that speaks about wanting to be true to oneself. The lyrics are a mix of English and Korean and the rhythm matches the mood of the lyrics.

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  • Suil – First Greeting

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Overall tones of the music video are very autumn-y. The ballad is about the first meeting, the butterflies in the stomach. Throughout the music video and the song, the soft instrumentals give a homely vibe making it a pleasant listen.

 

  • Boss Rabbit Project – Dream in Myself (ft. Kim Young Geun)

Yet another indie K-RnB track, this is an empowering track. It expresses hope that each of us can sing again. Kim Young Geun’s strong vocals elevate the meaning of the song.

 

  • Mona – On The Move

MONA’s On the Move highlighted with low synth beats and string instruments is a delightful track for a weekend jam playlist! So, listen to the track and Take it Easy.

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  • LOWA – Moonday

LOWA’s ‘Moonday’ is a jazzy ballad that resonates with the autumn vibes. Through this song, she asks the listeners “What is your brightest day?”

 

  • joif – Love is my All

The title track summarises what this RnB track narrates. Through this song, joif hopes that all of us can be full of mutual love.

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  • Standing Egg – reminiscence 

reminiscence is a track with a hint of nostalgia. The track and the music video reminiscence the wonderful times spent together. Standing Egg once again delivers a stellar performance!

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  • NUJES  – Loveless

Loveless is a slow R&B track that questions whether love really exists in real life or is it something that exists only in fairytales? All of us have pondered over this question at least once, am I right? Through this song, NUJES tells the listeners that please spread love and make flowers bloom everywhere you go.

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  • HOTOY – 비에이 (Biei)

HOTOY’s debut single is a smooth, acoustic track. The mellow vibes of the song, make it a perfect song to listen to when you are curled up on a sofa with a cup of tea.

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  • ODDCHILD – Fa,Do

Former BOL4 member, Odd Child is back with an indie song. ‘Fa,Do’ speaks about the memories that come and go like waves. The song is about letting your worries go and do what you wish.

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Single:

  • Gunho, Bang Tae Yeon – 2528, 3544 (My phone number is still the same) 

This love ballad is a sad number. The song speaks about the call of despair of two lovers who miss each other after their breakup. Hence the title, my phone number is still the same. Bang Tae Yeon and Gunho’s powerful vocals heighten the emotions of the lyrics. Gunho’s high notes are commendable.

Listen and download this song/album on:

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  • ONEUS – 뿌셔(BBUSYEO) 

With this song, ONEUS is back with a change in their visuals and music. ‘Bbusyeo’ is a peppy track with colorful and vibrant visuals in the music video. The song will definitely make you dance!

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  • BM, Lee Junhyuk, Lee Sangmin – BAD MANNERS

Bad Manners is one of those tracks which are sure shot party tracks. This trippy hip-hop track clubbed with catchy rap is an earworm!

 

  • VANNER  – FORM 

VANNER is back with a mafia themed music video for their latest single FORM. This fast-paced song is an instant mood booster. In this music video, they have collaborated with South Korean drag artist NaNa Young Rong Kim.

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  • Lanalogue – Asking 

The music video shows one man on a beach and he expresses the emotions of the song beautifully. ‘Lanalogue’ speaks about the traces of a person left in us, which cannot be erased. The person has many questions to ask, mainly “I am waiting for you, what are you waiting for?”. Although there are many questions that come to mind, through this song hopefully some can be answered.

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  • Kid Milli, Dress – Bankroll (Ft. Okasian) 

‘Bankroll’ is a funky rap song. The music video features the artists on high rise buildings, bank vaults, and soccer fields, making it a visual treat.

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  • Gunho – My Vacant Days

This smooth R&B track from Gunho’s 7th Single Album is a soft track. Gunho’s soft vocals, accompanied by mellow music make it a soothing listen.

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  • Lee Si Eun – Sometimes

Lee Si Eun’s Sometimes is a perfect start for your Christmas playlist. Soft instruments, accompanied by her soulful vocals make the song a melodious treat. The song is laced with a tinge of nostalgia.

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  • GOSL, 원진 – Winter Sleep ft. 이효민 

Pianist WonJin and singer Hyu Min’s vocals give an insightful meaning to this track composed by GOSL. This song is about the first beginnings, the first steps of someone in this world. The song delivers a message to not worry by comparing it to a young girl’s wonderful dream.

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  • jojo – Let Me 

In this mellow track, jojo’s vocals shine with the soft instrumentals. This track is a must-have on your weekend jam playlist!

  • Lee Yejoon – On That Day

In this ballad, the lyrics narrate the story of a past love story between a young couple. The young woman in the video is remebering the past times spent with her lvoed one.

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  • Stephanie Kim – Love Pain 

This ballad speaks about the pain of love that comes when you smell an incense or a season passes. Those tiny specks of memories are awakened when anything happens that reminds you of your past love. It is a love that cannot be fulfilled but is not forgotten either.

 

  • NCT 2020 – RESONANCE 

One of the hottest comebacks of 2020! NCT 2020 made a debut with 23 members and the music video speaks volumes for their amazing talent. The caliber of NCT just went several notches higher with this power-packed performance. NCT’s sub-units or the full group never fail to surprise and amaze the listeners!

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  • GAVY NJ – Last Christmas 

A joyous Christmas song, this song tells the joys of Christmas and heartbreaks that happen during the festive season. This track is perfect to get started with your festive preparations!

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  • Ravi [VIXX] – Pause

VIXX RAVI’s Pause is a hip hop track. Pause tells the listeners to pause, take a breath and think. In today’s fast-paced times when everyone’s life is on a fast track, people are also quick to judge or speak harshly. RAVI tells the listeners to take a pause before doing anything that will hurt others. This is a deeply meaningful track with catchy music.

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  • GooNight -Don’t Fly Away 

This alternate pop track has a retro feel to it. With only a cartoon image in the music video, one can guess that this song is about a person who wishes his loved one won’t fly away, i.e. leave him.

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  • Lee Hye – Erase You  

Lee Hye has composed and written this R&B track which expresses the heart of a woman. The song expresses the pain, the emptiness that becomes a wound because the pen was forced on the paper for the ink to flow. Simply put, the song expresses the pain that one goes through when one is forced to do something, they don’t have the heart to.

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  • WUZOCIRCLE – Drawing Paper

The song expresses the wonderful memories that the members made together. Through this song, the members tell their fans to draw the memories with colors on a drawing paper and to treasure the wonderful memories in their heart.

 

  • B. O. – Starlight

‘Starlight’ is a slow dance number. The music video is as expressive as the song.

 

  • Ha Jun Seok – It’s Too Late 

In this self-composed and self-written Ballad, Ha Jun Seok’s voice shines beautifully. The lyrics narrate the story of a lover, who wants to come back but it is already too late.

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  • Poetic Narrator – We Need To Be Careful To Love 

Poetic Narrator, the pop singing duo are back with another ballad which is full of emotions and deep meanings. Their first full album is titled Essay.

 

  • The Boyz – Christmassy!

The Boyz are back with a Christmas spirit. This track is a bundle of joy, with cheerful music, cute lyrics and an equally visually pleasing music video.

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OST:

  • Kang In Soo – Wish For You (‘WISH YOU: Your Melody in my Heart’ Web drama OST)

In this ballad, Kang In Soo expresses a wish to be with the person you love. With the OST sung by the actors of the BL drama, the drama will be an interesting one to watch!

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  • APINK Eunji – To Me (Start Up OST)

Jeong Eun Ji sings a romantic ballad for the drama Start Up. The song expresses how important the love is for the person.

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  • K.Will – Care About You (Start Up OST)

You can never go wrong with K.Will singing a ballad. K.Will once again spins magic with his soulful vocals in this OST.

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  • Suran – O.V.E.R. (Cheat On Me, If You Can OST) 

Suran lends her vocals to this jazzy pop OST from the drama Cheat on Me, If You Can. The song tells the story of a woman with a broken heart, who has decided to steal her heart against heartbreaks.

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  • Ban Gwang Ok – Love Once (Man In A Veil OST) 

Love Once is a ballad that tells the story after a breakup. The song was played during a sad reunion of the leads and can be a hint to how the story develops in the future.

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  • Yang Yoseob – Only You (Romance 101 webtoon OST) 

The Korean title literally translates to “Love I recognized at once”. Hence, this romantic ballad tells the feelings of a person who knew who his love was, at first glance. Yang Yo Seob’s melodious vocals are soothing to listen to.

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Which is your favourite pick of the week? 

Written by

Nandini Iyengar

An aspiring translator and a writer!