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In Love with Akdong Musician (AKMU)

Lately I have been infected by Korean wave or generally called hallyu. It began when I started watching I Can See Your Voice (see more about it in my previous post), and since then I just cannot stop browsing for some Korean stuffs, especially K-pop songs. This time I will share one of my “bias” (I think this is how K-fan naming their main interest?): Akdong Musician a.k.a AKMU. 

I first realized this group when I accidentally found their video when they were auditioning for Kpopstar. If I recall correctly, Kpopstar is some kind of Korean singing competition show where the winner will be part of the talent agency (for better information you might check via google 😋). Anyway, this siblings left quite an impression in my mind because they were so cute and had some talent to compose a nice song. See the video here:

I did not explore further their other songs afterward, but not so long ago I saw their videos being reacted to by Reacttothek, one of youtube channel which shows reaction of classical musicians to Korean songs (they are very entertaining by the way, you should check it out 😁). I fell in love instantly to their songs, 200% and Give Love. Compared to other K-pop songs which I’ve ever listened to, their music is very simple yet very engaging. It is easy listening and cheers you up in a very happy way. My favorite so far is 200% that I could listen maybe hundred times in a day. 

AKMU consists of Lee Chan Hyuk (brother) and Lee Soo Hyun (sister). After they won Kpopstar season 2 in 2014 (I wish I had known it before!), they signed a contract with YG entertainment and released three albums, Play (2014), Spring (2016) and Winter (2017). Their latest single album is Summer Episode (2017) which was launched only last July with two tracks inside: Dinosaur and My Darling. 

What I love from AKMU is their simplicity and creativity in creating music. Most of their songs tell stories which are relatable and easy to digest. How People Move, for example. This happy and bouncy song tells us about how amazing it is to be alive as human being. It is amazing to be able to breathe and move around with your feet and do lot of things with your hands, which is true, right? Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to be born as human. I remember when I was younger, I asked myself what would happen if I had been born as a chair. How devastated would it have been for me not being able to do anything I like? I am quite happy that this same feeling was also captured in their lyrics:

It’s a relief that I’m a human out of all the countless living creatures
If I were born a toy
I wouldn’t be able to move on my own, it’s frightening to even think about it
Then how is my heart bounce bouncing

If you are looking at this video, you would not think that the lyrics will be quite deep in the meaning, and that is what I like about it 😁


Another song which I really like lately is Dinosaur. This newest song of AKMU is actually their first experiment with EDM (honestly I did not know what EDM is until I googled it and found out that it is Electronic Dance Music! Lol). In the beginning I was surprised and did not really get the feel of it, but after listening to it several times, I found myself more and more engaged to this song. I love how light the song is and not heavily ‘EDM’-ed. It still showcases Soo Hyun’s amazing voice and their beautiful harmonization. 

The video tells us stories about bullied Chan Hyuk and lonely Soo Hyun who created their own world inside their dream. In that world they could enjoy their freedom, however there is one thing that they were afraid of, which was the dinosaur. Though in the beginning they looked like running away from it, in the end they decided to face their fear. This was reflected in the lyric:  

You broke down our window
You roared at my family
If I see you again
Then
I’m gonna shout louder than you
Dinosaur

There is a good review about this video in seoulbeats that I think very good and relevant (I honestly did not realize that it linked to Spielberg and series of Stranger Things!). I am impressed how thoroughful this video was made, and completely aligned with their story of Dinosaur

In conclusion, I am totally in love with AKMU and looking forward for their next projects. Hopefully I could get a chance to see their live concert because from what I found in youtube, they always perform amazingly in their live performances! “They ate their own CD.”, has been always everyone’s comment when people see their live performance. They are simply amazing 😍

AKMU, hwaiting! 😄💪🏻

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Song of the week : Mika – “Popular Song”

Alright, back to my old habit to share my most played song of the week(s), this week I would share with you song from Mika – Popular Song. It is a catchy and funny song with amusing yet thinkable lyrics. Even from the title and several first lines of the lyric we could already tell what this song is about. Long story short, enjoy the song! 🙂

MIKA – Popular Song

La la, la la
You were the popular one, the popular chick
It is what it is, now I’m popular bitch
Standing on the field with your pretty pompons
Now you’re working at the movie selling popular corn
I could have been a mess but I never went wrong
Cause I’m putting down my story in a popular
Said I’m putting down my story in a popular

[Chorus]
My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
You were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don’t know
Now you’re in the front row
Cause my song is popular

Popular, I know about popular
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to do
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go

I was on the lookout for someone to hate
Picking on me like a dinner plate
I’d hit during classes, and in between them
Dunk me in the toilet sound to that cleans
You tried to make me feel bad with the shit you do
It ain’t so funny when the joke’s on you
Uh, the joke’s on you
And everyone’s laughing, got everyone clapping, asking
How come you look so cool?
Cause that’s the only thing that I’ve learned at school
So that’s the only thing I’ve learned at school

[Chorus]
My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
You were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don’t know
Now you’re in the front row
Cause my song is popular

Popular, I know about popular
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to do
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go

Before the next time that you calling me crazy
Lazy, a faggot, or that…
Here’s the one thing that’s so amazing
It ain’t about that to be a looser baby
All you ever need to know
You’re only ever who you were
All you ever need to know
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do, is be true to you

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Song of the month: Sweet Sorrow – Viva

Yes, Sweet Sorrow is a name of a group in case anyone is wondering. I knew this vocal group by accident when I was at Lausanne with Pak Riky. While we were traveling in train to Lucern (if I am not mistaken), he showed me music video of four young Korean guys with lovely song and funny story. Soon I fell in love with them, even though I couldn’t remember their name, not until I was back in Jakarta and asked Pak Riky about them 😛

They are Sweet Sorrow, an all Korean male vocal group which apparently have started their carreer in 2005 (should have known them sooner!). They have released three albums and two mini albums now (based on one site that I found), and have sung many soundtracks for Korean drama. Currently I only knew two songs from them: First Date and Viva, but somehow I am sure enough that I will like most of their songs judging from how often I play their songs lately.

Viva is one of the newest song I could get from YouTube, and I looooove this song! There is always something about easy listening jazzy song that I could not resist, and Sweet Sorrow seems to know this weakness of mine, because now I just can’t get this song out of my mind 😛 I am looking for their other albums now, hoping I can find them soon (but not sure if I can find it in Indonesia…).

Check out the song to see how awesome they are 😛

Sweet Sorrow_Viva

PS : Anyone please tell me how to insert video in WordPress? What I can show is only the link and that’s not really I wanted :/