Weekly K-Pop Comeback

Welcome to the November-end release of weekly K-Pop comeback reviews. November is nearing its conclusion with the onset of December. In midst of wrapping things up for this year, preparing for the end-year song festivals, the K-Pop community is up for ending this year with banger releases. In this list of weekly K-Pop comeback reviews, we add this week’s fantastic comebacks which surely end the month with a hit, proving 2021 to be a marvelous year for K-Pop!

Weekly K-Pop Comeback

SF9 – Trauma

SF9 has always been a dynamic group of nine suave men and they rightfully embrace this persona in this comeback, ‘RUMINATION‘ and the title track, ‘Trauma‘. The song features a deep bass sound, boasts an electronic funk groove that engraves it in your mind. Ironically, the metaphorical lyrics wish to remove the haunting pieces of memories that linger at the back of their consciousness. Being the powerful performers that they are, they showcase their vigorous choreography and their exceptional vocals and visuals in an equally dashing music video.

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ONEWE – STAR

ONEWE has evolved more than their idol rock band persona, rightfully audible in their music that brings a new touch to their alternative rock discography with every comeback. Before the release of their second mini-album, ‘Planet Nine: ???‘ in January 2022, they tease their fans with a pre-release single, ‘Star‘. The band serenades the listeners underneath the glistening purple sky, hoping to find a star that would lead them to a new universe where they can be truly together. Aside from a dramatic bass solo before the bridge, the song also features climactic strings in the chorus seamlessly roped within the Rock base of the song.

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GAHO – Right Now

GAHO‘s fans had waited long enough for their beloved artist to release a full album after plenty of soundtracks and singles. They have fairly been rewarded with ‘Fireworks‘, GAHO’s first full album that features the title track ‘Right Now‘. He expands his musical horizons, showcasing his exceptional vocal range and modulation to exhibit the riveting intensity of the song that explores the ranges of post-pop rock to an almost orchestral backdrop. With his evocative ad-libs, he searches for a ray of hope in a dull, gloomy world.

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Hwa Sa – I’m a B

Coming from a group of multifaceted, exceptional vocalists, you expect no less from MAMAMOO‘s Hwa Sa. Coming back with a single album, ‘Guilty Pleasure‘, she expresses the want to truly be herself, regardless of what label society puts on her. In an interesting contradiction, the title track ‘I’m A B (빛)‘ refers to a bi*** and also light, glow, giving further insight into what she wants to convey with the album. The song is svelter in rhythm as compared to her previous title tracks, with subdued synthwave tones. The music video explores various radiant settings, also features a kayagum solo in the dance break, paying homage to her traditional roots.

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Standing Egg – If You Comeback

Creating their niche in the acoustic pop genre, Standing Egg is a known name in the Indie scene. This time they retouch legendary ballad singer, Gummy‘s 2003 hit, ‘If You Comeback‘, giving the elegiac ballad a modernized rendition. The song starts with heartfelt strings and amps up with low percussion as it ascends. The singer describes feeling low and hopeless when they cling to the memories of an ex-lover, as portrayed in the music video that loops over to show the flashbacks of a dwindling relationship.

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TRI.BE – Santa For You

It’s always humbling to the fans when their precious artists present them with a gift made by their love.  After a smashing comeback a month ago, our rookies TRI.BE released a special winter song, ‘Santa For You‘ for their fans. From album art to lyrics, members have indulged themselves in every process to make this sweet melodic Christmas jingle that traverses the RnB domain. The girls show their delicate vocals, bringing out the earworm chorus with coos in the back and ad-libs with a comforting message.

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GHOST9 – Control

What a year it has been for rookie groups! Even after facing setbacks, the now septet, GHOST9, continue to grow their musicality, reverting to their darker side in this comeback, ‘NOW: We are facing now‘ and a potent title track ‘Control‘. They ask the listeners to not lose control, subside their desires when they are the ones who trigger the fervors. The song proceeds with dubstep and subdued percussions that somehow come together to form an overall tumultuous track. The music video features the boys in what seems like a dystopian setting where they run but eventually succumb to their urges.

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Urban Zakapa – I’ll Never Know You

Urban Zakapa has a different recess altogether when it comes to ballads and RnB. Coming back with a soul-stirring EP ‘Parting‘ and the title track ‘I’ll Never Know You‘, the trio still goes strong after twelve years of the group’s existence. ‘I’ll Never Know You’ addresses the feelings of a person who’s on the other end of a breakup, how they lose their self-esteem and how they cope, with an acoustic ballad arrangement. The music video features actor Lee Je-Hoon who portrays the protagonist going through the sad parting.

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MeloMance – Better For Me {Nth Romance}

Ballad duo MeloMance sings the OST, ‘Better For Me‘ for Kakao’s webtoon ‘Nth Romance‘. The poignant pop ballad, using ambient guitars and resonating rhythms generic to Korean ballads, lays down resolutions for a better oneself. The singer is willing to let go of the one they love because they feel that their lover holds them back from becoming their best and true self.

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Whee In – Ice Cream Love {One Ordinary Day}

It’s time to rejoice in yet another MAMAMOO‘s mellifluous member’s voice, Whee In‘s, who starts the OST tracklist for the mini-drama, ‘One Ordinary Day‘ with the song ‘Ice Cream Love‘. On slow, soft pop-jazz melody, with the most serene ambiance and airy voice, she asks of her lover to be brave and love her without thinking of repercussions.

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TAEYEON – Little Garden {Jirisan}

Girls Generation‘s Taeyeon joins the star-studded OST lineup of artists for the K-Drama, ‘Jirisan; with the track ‘Little Garden‘. The sweet little song is a poetic tune that compares a curator’s garden to a sea of words, where each flower is a new word with a beautiful meaning. Being the sonorous singer Taeyeon is, she evokes the companion emotions most eloquently.

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Huh Gak – Drinking

As a part of VIBE‘s 20th-anniversary collaboration project ‘REVIBE‘, Huh Gak joins the lineup of amazing artists at number 5, singing a heartfelt pop ballad, ‘Drinking‘. The song tells how a person indulges in the sorrow of separation, resorting to alcohol on worse days, poignantly sung by Huh Gak with soft, back vocals, giving an indelible touch to the song.

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