Long time no update, I know. Been busy with trying to learn a lot of things like gardening, farming, apiculture, and the likes. I haven’t been drawing and I still can’t find my inspiration to write stories.
Right now, I am obsessing over these Korean girl groups. Funny enough, I am not into K-Pop. I find some of the songs and gimmicks repulsive. I don’t know what happened or how it came to be but I stumbled upon these groups and I find myself “stanning” them (stanning is the term used by this generation when one obsessively supports someone or something. I do believe it came from Eminem’s hit song Stan haha).
First off, Blackpink. I was acquainted with this group a couple of years ago, if I remember correctly — it was a YouTube recommendation. At first, I thought of them as “budget 2ne1”. I thought they were just created to fill the void left by the influential girl group from the same company. Plus, I hated their song “Boombayah”. I found the title pathetic.
I harbor these opinions until recently when a friend’s sister showed me the music video for “Whistle”. I guess what I liked about this group is that they are very visual, very aesthetically pleasing. A lot of my friends would like to point out that one of this group’s “lethal weapon” (haha) is their choreography and I agree. Not a lot of girl groups do complex choreography — not even 2ne1. Recently, I was able to watch their reality show Blackpink TV and I just find them adorable, I don’t care if it’s scripted, I just saw a glimpse of their personalities and I love them all (I have Jisoo as my bias, though).
Next on my list is Red Velvet. I’m not really familiar with how they started but I know they are produced by the same company which gave the world another iconic girl group: SNSD. According to my more K-Pop informed friends, this group started out as a commercial flop but was able to come out stronger every comeback.
While I am not particularly a fan of their earlier concept (apparently they have two: the Red and the Velvet. The earlier concept falls under Red which is the “cute aesthetic”), I really like how they harmonize and how they perform live (Blackpink cannot, for the love of god, harmonize live). I do believe their vocal prowess is underrated.
I think it’s a big plus that their leader Irene is “closet” feminist. Recently, there were reports that male fans of this group burned their merchandise because they learned Irene is a feminist (haha).
Okay, last on my list is the wonderful and criminally underrated Mamamoo. Remove the flashy aesthetics, the choreography, and the gimmicks, most of these Korean pop groups are, unfortunately, mediocre. Here is where Mamamoo stood out. These girls are musically talented — and that’s an understatement. Try listening to the acapella version of their songs and you’d be willing to shell out money just for their raw tracks.
This group also has a large LGBT following because of their LGBT-friendly music videos, and of course they themselves are lovely. This group is also the home to one of K-Pop’s largest “ship” Moonsun (Moonbyul and Solar).
I really can’t find the words to describe Mamamoo as they are perfect for me, I am a proud stan of this group. Hopefully, they get the recognition they truly deserve.