Some of you might remember that last summer I went to see the kpop group Block B in Washington DC. Some of you might also remember that the musical (aka Block B) part of the experience was not the greatest and I promptly fell out of love with Block B. Yeah, that hasn’t changed, sorry about that. But, instead, one of their supertalented singers has finally release a single! I wish it was an album, but I’ll take what I can get. The following is the music video for Taeil’s single. Sadly, he isn’t in the MV, which is so-so, but the song is amazing. So, enjoy!
There’s a kpop group named Teen Top and while I’m not interested in them as a group, one of their singers, Niel, released a solo album which is actually pretty great! It’s called oNIELy (I know, really) and this is one of the songs off of it. I don’t have feelings one way or the other about the music video, but I like the song a lot.
I’ve (recently) starting fangirling YG’s newest (soon to be second newest) boyband. They were the winners of a YG reality show called Win. The group’s name is Winner and I really like their music. This video is from a performance of theirs and includes Different, my favorite of their songs.
If you’ve watched Unbroken (note: I haven’t), you might recognize Japanese singer/guitar player Miyavi. Or you might not, because his tattoos were covered up for the movie. He’s pretty great, tbh. Enjoy one of his music videos. I can’t recommend his music enough.
Another girl group! The Barberettes have been around for a while, they just released an album (which you can get on iTunes), but they’ve done a lot of covers and they’re really good. Here are a few of them.
Here they are covering The Andrews Sisters’ song Rum And Coca-Cola.
And covering Satin Doll.
Covering the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann.
I really can’t recommend their music enough! I love listening to them, they’re so good. Go to the YT channel these are from for more. And don’t forget to check out their official channel for more.
If you know me personally, or have read my about page, you know that I’ve got a thing for mandopop. There’s just something about Mandarin that I like. I mean, I like listening to Korean music (CNBlue, anyone?), but I really love the way Mandarin sounds. My friend H used the following analogy when I was trying to explain it to her; it’s like the difference between listening to German music and French music. You might like them both (and I do), but there’s just something about the French language that just sounds different/prettier. That’s how I feel about Mandarin. And while there are a lot of singers who I like, one of the guys who does it best is Yoga Lin.
He’s 24 years old and from Taiwan (which seems to be something of a theme for me). I really like his music, there’s something different about it. I recently purchased a copy of his second album, Senses Around (感官/世界) and I really like it. The above song is called 飄 (Gone With the Wind) and is my favorite off of that album. It’s slower than most of his songs, which generally sound like a mix of Sonndre Lerche, Rufus Wainwright and Wouter Hamel. The songs are a little poppy, but have this light, almost jazzy feel to them.
I really need to get actual cd copies of his other two cds, Mystery Guest (神秘嘉賓) and Perfect Life (美妙生活). But when I was driving home home from work one Thursday, I wasn’t quite in the mood for my audio book (A Wizard of Earth Sea) so I put Senses Around on and I couldn’t believe what good driving music it was (after I told H that it totally wasn’t good for that, I was so wrong).
Even though I don’t understand what he’s saying (yet), I just like the way he sings. His voice is really sweet and fun, and there’s just something comforting about the music. You can busy his music on YesAsia and listen to him sing/talk about YouTube.