Weekly K-Pop Comeback

December is finally here and so is this week’s issue of Weekly K-Pop Comeback reviews! The K-Pop community is ready to send the year off with the customary end-year award shows and music festivals, as well as power-packed comebacks, collaborations, and debuts, making it the most joyous season of the year! Let’s take you on an unmissable ride this week through Weekly K-Pop Comeback Reviews, starting the month with absolute show-stealers!

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KAI – Peaches

It’s been a long year since EXO‘s KAI last brought his touch to Rhythm and Blues with indelible suave and charisma. He returns to fulfill the cravings of mellow, peachy tunes on a laid-back RnB and hip-hop groove and blushing aesthetics with his new EP and title track, ‘Peaches‘, unlike his previous release that was darker and chicer. He placidly coquets his way inside the listener’s heart, wooing them with the lyrics that compare the listener to peaches, someone sweet, and condemning him as the bad guy, someone forbidden. He ingeniously combines traditional Korean details into the surroundings overlayed with faint pastel hues to depict the more delicate feel of the song in a sumptuous music video.

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WENDY – Airport Goodbyes

After years of changing, the song ‘Airport Goodbyes‘ gets released. Produced by the Indie Rock musician, The Black Skirts, Red Velvet‘s Wendy sings to create this impressive, limerent song. The song borders on Modern Jazz as Wendy puts her unique low modulation to fit its vibe, however, it stays true to its alternative roots. The track explains the anxiousness of the singer as their lover leaves them behind to quench their thirst for travel.

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CHUNG HA – KILLING ME

After the release of her album earlier this year, CHUNG HA had vowed to not put boundaries on her music by keeping the societal restrictions in the back of her mind. She now brings out the fearlessness in her single ‘Killing Me‘ that runs on the familiar Future Bass beat. If you want to dance your breakup away then this track is for you as Chung Ha tries to get over her past lover, feeling trapped when she’s constantly reminded of them. Using preppy teen details contrasting with grunge subtlety, she demonstrates the tremors of ending a relationship in a transfixing music video.

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Stray Kids – Christmas EveL

With an already busy schedule this year, Stray Kids return to gift their fans for the approaching festive season. The octet has released an EP ‘Christmas EveL‘ and the same title track. Staying true to their trap touches, they mingle the famous Christmas jingle ‘Feliz Navidad‘, to enjoy to their fullest even in the chilly winter which discomforts everyone. In the humorous music video, they fill in for Santa Claus who seems to be missing. They released another music video for ‘Winter Falls‘ where they reminisce over the one who got away and how they loved them.

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ONF – Goosebumps

Bringing out the 4th release of the year, ONF had quite a busy, yet rewarding time. Through this comeback, they channel themselves into a sci-fi universe where they encounter their fears, as seen in ‘Goosebumps‘. The EP album shares the name with the title track where they employ punk sounds (owing to the 2nd gen throwback theme that many groups had this year) with trap, alongside a sleek subdued pre-chorus, a chaotic mix that works virtuously well. The song delves into infatuation, how the feeling spreads into their being and leaves them with goosebumps.

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EVERGLOW – Pirate

Known for their girl crush charm, EVERGLOW has built a strong, empowering rep, yet they reintroduce themselves with more intensity than ever, like a pirate in this comeback, ‘Return of The Girl‘. The title track, ‘Pirate‘ uses the same sturdy sounds of early 2010s K-Pop and EDM, focusing on progressive house and trance. They relay the message to the girls everywhere around the world to be fearless in their pursuances. Featuring a futuristic, cyberpunk world, the girls sail forward to achieve their dreams.

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cignature – Boyfriend

Bubbly rookies Cignature made their fans wait for more than a year but the wait isn’t disappointing at all when it bears fruits like this! They have brought a sleeker variety to their discography with the EP, ‘Dear Diary Moment‘, a complete turnover from their previous releases and very distinct from their peers. The title track ‘Boyfriend‘ brings out a slow, spacious, minimalistic R&B-Pop soundscape that gives way to ethereal vocals from the girls, for an overall insubstantial listening experience. The song carries a western vibe, like a teen anthem that is seen in the music video as well. The girls express their anger for their boyfriend who seems good for nothing, yet they love them anyway.

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Lee Mujin – When it snows (ft. Heize)

Taking the nation over one release at a time, soloist Lee Mujin collaborates with Heize for a special single, ‘When it Snows‘, celebrating the spirit of the snowy season. Both the singers compliment each other’s unique voices in this Pop Ballad that highlights carol tunes in this arranged instrumentation. The song tells how lonely the singers feel in the season of joy now that they have broken up but by the end, they come to terms with their solitariness. The music video conveys the same story with actress Jin Ki-Joo featuring as the female lead.

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IVE – ELEVEN

One of the most anticipating groups of the year, IVE, has finally debuted with two members from the now disbanded group, I*ZONEYujin, and Wonyoung, joining the official lineup. They’ve made their debut with a single album ‘ELEVEN‘ and the title track shares the same name. The song uses several arabesque hooks, hefty percussion that works like an earworm along with a dip in BPM for the pre-chorus that builds up the anticipation. The girls show plenty of potential in their vocal range as well when they sing of reveling in the attention of the listeners. The music video utilizes a few middle east details as well, using gold and black backdrops to an inspired choreography.

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Baek Ji Young – Our Love Was Pain {Nth Romance}

Starting with a string of elegant notes that prelude the sad ballad ahead, ‘Our Love Was Pain‘ continues ahead on a distinctive Bass accompaniment, to tell us how hindering a breakup can be for a person to believe in love again. It is sung by the wonderful ballad singer Baek Ji Young as the OST for the romance webtoon ‘Nth Romance‘ who with her sole tenor, brings the burning emotions alive.

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Sunwoojunga – Darling {Melancholia}

A soothing and good nostalgia is what you feel when you listen to the romance K-Drama, Melancholia‘s second OST, ‘Darling‘, sung by Sunwoojunga. Pleasant acoustics of the alternative piano, take you through the adoring feelings as the person gradually falls in love. Sunwoojunga, in her unique voice, croons in the alluring ad-libs, sounding almost like a berceuse, so mystically beautiful that you’d wish to fall in love.

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Urban Zakapa – Between Us {Now, We Are Breaking Up}

Dignified trio Urban Zakapa sings of justifying the momentary distance in a relationship despite having enough love between a couple, in the eighth soundtrack, ‘Between Us‘, for the romance drama, ‘Now, We Are Breaking Up‘. Over grand instrumentation of piano, the trio shows their exceptional vocalism on this ballad, hitting high notes with unusual ease.

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Paul Kim – Always With You {Jirisan}

Paul Kim sings the ninth OST, ‘Always With You‘, for the thriller K-Drama, ‘Jirisan‘. In a very Paul Kim fashion, the song is a flourishing ballad, that gradually builds up as it moves forward. He assures the listeners of his presence always next to them, in every moment of their lives, whether dull or shining.

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Jukjae – I’m Coming Home {Jirisan}

Jukjae gives his touching voice in the tenth soundtrack, “I’m Coming Home” for ‘Jirisan‘. On a jazzy note, he sings a poetic ballad that describes the place he loves, his home, and announces his arrival back in that place that welcomes him with a warm embrace each time.

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Cha Eun Woo – Don’t Cry, My Love {Under The Oak Tree}

In his heartfelt voice that resonates with the listeners, Astro‘s Cha Eun Woo sings a poignant symphonic ballad, ‘Don’t Cry, My Love‘, serving as the first OST for the fantasy webtoon, ‘Under The Oak Tree‘. He sings over modern orchestral instrumentation and massive percussion in the chorus, to give strength to his lover, ready to sacrifice himself for their sake.

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JEONG SEWOON – My Wondrous Miracle {The Red Sleeve}

Soloist JEONG SEWOON sings the third OST, ‘My Wonderous Miracle‘, for the historical drama ‘The Red Sleeve‘. In this pop ballad, Jeong Sewoon lets the listener know of the impact they’ve brought in the singer’s life, their encounter strung by fate, bringing blessings all around them. The slow, uplifting ballad uses a typical key change in the last chorus, giving it a true balladeer flair.

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Woosung – You Are My Star {IDOL: The Coup}

With an ardent, alternative rock ballad, ‘You Are My Star‘, The Rose‘s Woosung aims straight for the listener’s heart with his dulcet voice. The song serves as a part of the fourth soundtrack EP for the idol drama ‘IDOL: The Coup‘ that features other artists like GA EUN, Sentimental Scenery, and more. Through this song, he declares his feelings for his lover who he wishes to hold, but can’t yet. The song starts acoustically pleasant, continuously roping in rock elements that give the song a striking edge.

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Ha Hyunsang – Every moment with you {Your Playlist}

Hoppipolla‘s Ha Hyunsang sings a pleasant, edifying ballad, ‘Every Moment With You‘ hoping to lend some vigor to the listeners who are going through difficult times. The song is the OST for the web drama, ‘Your Playlist‘. The song is a common Korean ballad but brings in bass details during the ending to set it apart from the usual trend.

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msftz – Blood Sign {One Ordinary Day}

Indie singer msftz gives an alternative indie rock tinge to the second OST, ‘Blood Sign‘ for the thriller short drama ‘One Ordinary Day‘. She sings an enigmatic piece, suitable to her placid voice and the aura of the drama. Through the lyrics, she looks for a missing piece, asks for a hint so that she can find the light she’s looking for.

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