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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….

Okay, so I fell in love with this song once I heard it sung in AI and Glee. This song is incredibly beautiful and somehow, makes me quite sad inside. I keep replay it over and over again this week, and yet, never bored listening to it. Blackbird from Beatles; surely one of my favorite songs from now on 🙂

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Blackbird
The Beatles

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise,
You were only waiting for this moment to arise,
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

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Song of the week :)

Seperti biasa, ada lagu-lagu yang menjadi favorit saya pada minggu-minggu tertentu. Dan kali ini yang mendapat kehormatan (duh!) menjadi lagu favorit saya adalah RAN – Jadi Gila. Here’s the lyric anyway :

RAN – Jadi Gila

Sejak Pertama kujumpa Kamu
Tahukah Kamu Kusuka Kamu
Namun bukan berartui Ku tak tahu
Bahwa Kau juga suka padaku
Cintamu itu tlah membutakan mata hatiku
Kini Ku tak sanggup bila hidup tanpamu

Kau buatku jadi gila
Saat kau juga bilang cinta padaku
Tak kuasa kumenahan rasa bahagia
Saat kau ucapkan cinta

Pesonamu bagai bulan purnama
Cinta pada pandangan pertama
Aku tak sanggup
Menahan gejolak cinta didalam diriku
Dan takkan ada yang
Sanggup memisahkan kita
Karna kan kujaga cinta kita berdua

Kau buatku jadi gila
Saat kau juga bilang cinta padaku
Tak kuasa kumenahan rasa bahagia
Saat kau ucapkan cinta

Kau buatku jadi gila
Saat kau juga bilang cinta padaku
Tak kuasa kumenahan rasa bahagia
Saat kau ucapkan cinta

Baby Girl you’re so beautiful
From you’re head to your toe
I just gotta let you know that
You’re the 1 and 2, 3, 4 kiss
That I wanna have You
You want more
Okay Me too
As long as You happy girl I’m with You
Till the rest of my life
Now please say yes
When I Asked You to be my wife

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Sayangnya ketika ditanya untuk siapakah lagu ini, saya tidak bisa menjawab apa-apa, hahahaha… When will I sing this song anyway?

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(My) Song of the month, eh, week ~ :D

Kayanya jadi tradisi aja deh, ngasi info tentang lagu favoritku per minggu (idih, padahal siapa juga yang nanya, ken, keen… ;P). Hahaha..biarin deh kalo orang-orang bilang aku narsis. Yang penting kan berbagi.. 😛

So, my favourite song this week is Firehouse – Here for You. Kenapa? Pertama karena lagunya sendiri enak (melodinya maksud ane..), liriknya menyentuh banget, dan menunjukkan arti dari orang-orang yang ada di sekitarku. I do really love my friends, and I hope I can give the best for them (cieee.. :P).

Anyway, here’s the lyric :

Firehouse —-  Here For You

So you think you’ve got it all figured out
Well you know you can’t make it alone
Everybody needs somebody to help them out
And you know I could be that someone

And if you ever get lost on life’s highway
Don’t know where to go
There’s just one thing that I want you to know

Chorus:
I am here for you, always here for you
When you need a shoulder to cry on
Someone to rely on, I am here for you

So you think that love is long overdue
Tired of looking for someone to care
Let me tell you now the choice is up to you
But you know I will always be there

I am here for you, always here for you
When you’re needin’ someone to hold you
Remember I told you
I am here for you
I am here for you

So now you’ve got it all figured out
And you know you’ve found someone that cares
And if you ever need somebody to help you out
Well you know I will always be there

And if you ever get lost on life’s highway
Don’t know where to go
There’s just one thing that I want you to know

Chorus

I am here for you, always here for you
When you’re needin’ someone to hold you
Remember I told you
I am here for you, I am here for you

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Bagusnyaaaaa… 😀