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
I’m gonna shout louder than you
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! 😄💪🏻