Roundtable: K-pop in the SummerWritten by way of Seoulbeats On June 30, 2016It is now summer in the northern hemisphere; a season that no longermost effective brings out the sun, yet as well rays of bright and sunny K-pop tunes. This week we ask our writers: do you look forward to K-pop in the summer? What do you like about summertime releases? Whose summer tracks do you love?
Qing: Actually, all theconcept of seasonal songs is attention-grabbing to me because I reside in a tropical country. It wasnt till one studied out of the country for a semester in Williamsburg, VA that I realised rain isn't precisely rain, but gloom, and sunshine is happiness.
I dont watch for K-pop in the summer more so than in other seasons, because I beautifulsimilar to what each and every season has to offer. But I undoubtedly honey the more cheerful tunes and energeticideas nosotros get. I to find myself leaning more in opposition to upbeat but now not in addition to high-energy songs, the sort that makes you're feelingglad simply also relaxed.
When I bring to mind summer releases, B1A4 springs to mind. Solo Day is impossible to resist alongside its twangy guitar instrumentals and whistling, and I at all timeslocate myself bobbing my head along to it. I also love the retro, jazzy vibe of Girls Days Darling. The use of English in its refrain makes it simple to sing along to. Rounding off my list is an old K-pop summer song that I chanced upon on radio several years ago: UNs Wave. Gfriend these days covered it for a CF with American Tourister, but I prefer the infectious sunniness of the original. Once youlook for the MV on YouTube, you're going to goto look the duo prancing around a sea coast box set in Hawaiian shirts, whole with random English words stoning upat the screen (traveling you, ocean colure scene, fun!! fun!!). Its a hoot.
Pat: Ill be totally honest: summer is the only real fourth dimension I concentrate to Sistar. Which is bizarre because I typically hate their songs. But in summer? The songs which areconstantly on replay are their songs. Its like I cant move on a summer commuteor maybea typicalforce without blasting Touch My Body, Loving You, and Shake It and making a song along. I dont know what it is set them, but Sistar are my go tos for K-pop summer bops.
Mark: Summer is a brilliant season as a result of the super spike we get in the volume of releases. Im not preciselycertain why everybody tries to pack in a summer comeback but perhaps its because college is out and the objective demographic has the time on their hands to drive up sales. Summer could also bethe one time positiveteams brand comebacks. Veteran groups which come againjust once a year commonlymake a choice summer as the time to do it.
Sistar is most probablythe maximum productive example of a collection that only comes back in the summer. Youre also most likely to get your annually dose of Infinite, Exo, AOA, and Girls Day in the summer. I have much recognize for those groups because they are neatly established and dont shy clear of the dense competition. Itd be so effortless for them to make a comeback in the direction oficiness and slay the charts for weeks on finish but wheres the thrill in that?
And because ofthe serious competition, I agree with summer also is when the most effective music comes out. My favorites from each one of the closing3 years are Infinites Back, AOAs Middle Attack, and In deficient health just say BTS Hearth is currently the front runner for this pending year.
Erianne: I individually love summer K-pop releases because its repeatedly the time when K-pop songs/concepts are its most unapologetic on the topic of campy-ness. Bright colors, tacky concepts, and the every now and then shallow, yet LSS-inducing lyricsI typically live for that during K-pop. Up toI like profound and dramatic concepts and lyrics or narratives in K-pop MVs and releases, summer releases dont normallytake a glance at very not easy in that aspect, but they do so in the way in which possible. Instead, they make up for it by looking to out-summer one another in terms of who can perfectly embraceboundsides of the summer season.
A excellent example would be SHINees Married to Music unencumber terminal summer. SHINee mentioned how summer could be a time for palsto move out on trips and tell foolish ghost stories. When SHINee first released teasers for the Married to the Music MV, one would possibly intend that its absurd for a team to get a dangle of an eccentric, Halloween-themed thought for a summer release, but once you locate out that it was oncefundamentallywanting to bring out that summer enjoy of silly, summer campfire ghost stories, it makes best sense. With that, I suspect SHINees Married to the Music is still my favourite summer release to date. Its were givenall of thecomponents that make K-pop the amusing genre that it is AND it reflects an side of the summer time in a absolutely unique way.
Gaya: The majorexplanation why I love summer K-pop is the feelingI am getting from observing MVs of idols frolicking in the sun, whilst Im all bundled up in blankets with a mug of hot chocolate K-pop would not start outany further escapist for me than in summer. And when it is really summer in my neck of the woods, I have a playlist of latest summer bops able to go!
Said playlist is most commonly just f(x), though, because this isthe crowd I accomplice virtually with the season. Pink Tape is my visit when Im driving, windows down, sunnies on, and hands dancing on the wheel as I are attempting not to burn myself. I even got to expertise Red Light in sand and sun: I reviewed the album on the beaches of A long way North Queensland, a region that averages 35 degrees C in winter.
Chelsea: Sometimes K-pop takes itself too seriously with dark, loopy concepts, so the summer comeback season is the releasing time of the year where the rest goes.Tracks are generally more upbeat and ear-wormy while MVs arent afraid to be a little more stupid and bright than usual. Not to mention, its also the time of year where lady groups rule. Like Gaya, summer releases for me are steadily a sort of escapism. Theres no such thing as summer holiday in the grown up world, and I want all the vicarious beach frolicking I will be able to stimulate K-pop understands that.
When it comes to summer sounds, Im drawn toward tracks that make me would like to dance, but not actually damage a sweat while doing so. SNSDs Birthday party is the easiest summer jam in that regard. However, my #1 summer track for the beyond five years has been f(x)s Hot Summer. I know other people order Sistar are the queens of summer, but as Gaya pointed out, f(x) have killed it's going to all in their summer releases. Anything about f(x)s community dynamics are compatible well with the summer season, without ever resorting to the more traditional beach/pool party MV, and every album they released up unless 2015 automatically have become my soundtrack for summer.
In addition to the toppower summer bops, K-pop summer comeback season is also a super time for more quiet, understated releases that fit perfectly with the monsoon season I need toundergoeach June/July. Big Bangs We could Not Fall In Love last summer became perfect for 2 weeks of no sunshine.
Lo: For me, summer K-pop is all about the auto playabilty I love songs that sound most sensible blasted from my automobile when Im riding with the windows down. This is the time of year when I get fun, low-key songs I can just relax and drive to, and fun upbeat jams I wish toproportion with other drivers as I embrace the season.
My all-time height summer song is by Sistar, the chronically underappreciated I Swear. I love the theme of get out and enjoy existence while you'll that is going and then well with the summer season. Its light, its breezy, its fun, WHY AM I THE ONLY Person that ADORES I SWEAR? Seriously, its the ideal summer jam.
Other than that, I fluctuate. Correct now, its Galaxy from Lunas Free Somebody and A tumbler of Water from B1A4s Solo Day mini. I generally tend to gravitate towards b-sides anyway, and either one of these have the let loose, live life vibe I love in my summer jams.
Pat: I do! I Swear is the perfect summer jam it so massively underrated sometimes, it makes me sigh. But I feel thats just a testomonyof ways many summer songs Sistar has. They have got that summer vibe that even songs like I am willing on That which, on paper, must not sound or have a summer vibe, but it still does. I can only think of another f(x) song (also from Pink Tape) that hasnt been discussed and thats Airplane. Lyrics-wise, its not truly summer-y, but it completely has that chill, let loose, live life vibe that is optimal for summer nights.
What about you, readers? What are your favorite K-pop summer tracks?