Weekly K-Pop Comeback

As fall heads towards the ending stages in Korea, the K-Pop acts start preparing for the upcoming winter and so do we with our weekly K-Pop comeback reviews. From sentimental ballads to pop-rock jams, this week was full of spectacular comebacks and the debut of fresh voices. Let’s take a quick look at some of the major releases in this weekly K-Pop comeback review.

VICTON – Sweet Travel

Boygroup VICTON (in absence of Seungwoo, as he is enlisted in the military) celebrates its 5th debut anniversary with the release of their new single ‘Sweet Travel’. The Pop-Rock song invites their fans with their heartfelt vocals to enjoy with them on a vacation as they have fun doing various activities. The music video features the same along with a behind-the-scenes clip while the boys filmed the music video.

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2am – Ballad 21 F/W

Ballad legends, 2am make an anticipated return with their EP, ‘Ballad 21 F/W‘ after their last release in 2014. They surprised their fans with two title tracks ‘Should’ve Known‘ (the song where the singers regret letting the other person go) and ‘No good in good-bye‘ (the track where the singers beg their significant other to not leave). 2pm‘s Junho and actress Kim So-Hyun play the lead as a couple in both the music videos. ‘Should’ve Known’ portrays the story through Kim So-Hyun’s perspective and, continuing the plot further, ‘No good in good-bye’ expresses Junho’s side of the story. The album splendidly exhibits the vocal strength of the group.

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ONEUS – LUNA

ONEUS are back with their new EP ‘BLOOD MOON‘ and the title track, ‘LUNA’ where they turn into lovers from the historical past and praise their significant other’s beauty, comparing it to the moon. The title track is an interesting fusion of Synthpop with hints of tunes from traditional Korean instruments. The music video converges aesthetically pleasing historical Korean nightscapes where the boys enthrall the viewers with their visuals.

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SUPER JUNIOR D&E – ZERO

SUPER JUNIOR‘s subunit SUPER JUNIOR D&E that consists of Donghae and Eunhyuk, release their first full album ‘COUNTDOWN’ after a decade of their debut, celebrating their upcoming 10th anniversary. The title track ‘ZERO’ is an upbeat Hip-Hop, Dance track, using several components of House. The song, in some ways, signifies that without one another, the duo remains incomplete, so they both ask each other not to give up on them and hope that their bond will last for a long time.

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B1A4 – Adore You

As Sandeul heads for compulsory military enlistment, B1A4 released a sentimental, unforgettable euphonic Ballad, ‘Adore You‘. The beautiful song uses delicate instrumentation and canorous flute, triangle percussion flourishes along with the trio’s dulcet vocals, a treat for the ears. The track is dedicated to their fans who have stayed by the group’s side for more than a decade. The music video paints an emotional landscape just as the song aims to do.

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LABOUM – Kiss Kiss

The quartet, LABOUM has released its first album since signing with a new agency, their 3rd EP ‘BLOSSOM’. The title track ‘Kiss Kiss‘ brings in mellow, melodic sounds, uses faint synths to make it more bubbling, kind of giving the late 00 Korean girl group vibes that were produced by sugary, gentle inflections. The song indulges in, patient, lovely feelings, and the want for physical affectations of love. The girls dance in multiple rosy settings to suit the sentiments.

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10cm – Yesterday You Left Me

Indie artist 10cm is back with his 3rd EP, rightfully named ‘The 3rd EP‘ with the title track ‘Yesterday You Left Me‘, an acoustic Pop number that waits for an ex to come back to them but on a more cheerful note. The song is built on the tunes of simple guitar and rhythmic beats that bring you in a jolly mood if you’re wasting your time crying over a bad breakup.

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THE BOYZ – MAVERICK

THE BOYZ release their EP ‘MAVERICK‘ with the title track of the same name that asks the listeners to be bad, break the rules, make their identity. Letting go of their fresh charm, the boys have delved into a darker side of their musical spectrum. The track uses metallic bass and pulls off the pre-chorus well. The music video represents the motive of escaping a blind notion to follow the stereotypes made in society as the boys fight against themselves to become free.

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Eric Nam – Any other way

Continuing the western vibes, Eric Nam released a new single, ‘Any Other Way‘, the song using a catchy whistle tune, referenced from the wild west and using Alternative Indie Rock elements. The song is a teaser release for his upcoming sophomore album ‘There And Back Again‘ coming out in January 2022. The music video shows Eric basking in the countryside as he sings of being free and himself as he welcomes his significant other into his life.

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TWICE – SCIENTIST

Nation’s girl group TWICE release their third full album ‘Formula of Love: O+T=<3‘ with the title track ‘SCIENTIST’. Reverting back to their bubbly style, cute concepts, the song uses energetic bopping Synth elements. The girls change into love geniuses and teach their listeners the dos and don’ts of how to fall in love. The music video is a colorful pair to the song where the girls try out various methods to create a successful love potion.

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J_UST – I Think I Have To Move (ft. Mad Clown)

Indie singer J_UST released a new single, ‘I Think I Have To Move‘ featuring rapper, Mad Clown. The song follows the tunes of Blues, where the singer sings of the traces his ex-lover has left that remind him of every single detail of them, and now he feels he has to move and leave everything behind to escape the pain of remembering. The song is particularly soothing to listen to with pacific vocals from J_UST with the layered rap from Mad Clown.

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Billlie – RING X RING

SM Entertainment‘s subsidiary label Mystic Story debuts their first girl group Billlie with the EP ‘the Billlage of perception: chapter one‘ and the title track ‘RING X RING‘. The song features bold spooky Rock sounds using Synthwave elements. The music video and the song give a glimpse into their unique lore where they discover something haunting. With a few members participating in the song-making process, the group shows a lot of potential for the future.

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Hwang Chi-Yeul – May You Be Happy {The Moon During The Day}

Soloist Hwang Chi-Yeul sings the OST, ‘May You Be Happy‘ for the popular webtoon ‘The Moon During The Day‘. The song wishes an ex-lover a happy, fulfilling future and forgetting the singer. The song is a typical K-Ballad, with prominent cello notes and Hwang Chi-Yeul’s emotional voice to give it a sad soundscape.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER – EYES {Armored Saurus}

TOMORROW X TOGETHER releases the OST, ‘Eyes’ for the animated Power Rangers series ‘Armored Saurus‘. The song is a fine fusion of Pop and Rock, using the best features of both genres, it gives the message of how unity can overcome any obstacle no matter how big. The boys have represented their youthful energy through the song to match the message of the track and the series!

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20 Years of Age – Your Season {Now, We Are Breaking Up}

One-man indie band, 20 Years of Age sings the first OST, ‘Your Season‘ for the K-Drama ‘Now, We’re Breaking Up‘ that just started airing this past week. As the name suggests, the pop ballad describes the season where the singer is infatuated with the one who caught his eye and wishes to be surrounded by this atmosphere of love.

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Kim Jong Wan – Falling {Jirisan}

Rock band NELL‘s frontman, Kim Jong Wan sings the third soundtrack, ‘Falling’ for the K-Drama ‘Jirisan’. With building orchestration and his tenor, the song intensifies tension and anticipation as depicted in the drama. Towards the end, the track slows for a subdued closure. The song conveys the message of being lost and confused while also losing a significant other.

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Lee So Ra – In Color {Jirisan}

Legendary balladeer and alto, Lee So Ra sings the 5th OST, ‘In Color‘ for the K-Drama ‘Jirisan’. She sings and croons in her unique tempo over the grand orchestral notes of cello and somber piano, leading to a very dignified and calm listening experience. She relates the memories of the characters she sings for to various colors that signify the diverse feelings conveyed through those recollections.

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Jin – Yours {Jirisan}

BTSJIN sings the 4th OST, ‘Yours‘ for the K-Drama ‘Jirisan‘. A Pop ballad, with rock flourishes towards the end, the song expresses the longing, the wait for the person to save the singer. Jin’s voice embodies the forlorn emotions flawlessly. Apart from being an exceptional track, the song also broke multiple records on charts for a Korean OST.

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Ailee – For All Time {For All Time}

Soloist Ailee sings the soundtrack, ‘For All Time‘ for the recently launched otome game with the same name. The song expresses the feelings of a lover that meeting their significant other was probably due to fate. Ailee in her steady and silvery voice and high notes conveys the emotions beautifully on a slight orchestral tempo.

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NCT 127 – Freeze

NCT127 collaborates with KARTRIDER and LINE FRIENDS and produces a new BGM, ‘Freeze’ for the mobile racing game KARTRIDER: Drift. The music video gives a glimpse into the game where a character Dao is seen running ahead for the Legend Cup. The song uses various Dance elements along with the group’s vocals and rap on the steady beats to show the uplifted spirit of the character who’s ready to give their all to participate in the Grand Prix.

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Which song among these is your favorite from this edition of Weekly K-Pop Comeback reviews? Let us know in the comments below!