Twice’s newest EP entitled Fancy You was released in April, but as usual I’m late with getting down to commenting on it. Twice have already cemented their position as one of the most popular kpop girl bands around, and certainly as my favorite one. While Blackpink (YG) is quite focused on the international audiences and the recent American tour/ Coachella performance made for an incredibly successful promotion, Twice continue to dominate domestically, they also held several shows outside of South Korea. So, how is the title track, Fancy? I was a bit apprehensive after first few seconds of the tropical pop sound which I’m fed up with at this point, but it gets much better later. Continue reading →
While 2017 was the game-changing year which brought first big grown-up decisions in my life, 2018 proved to be even more important. Accepting certain traits, while working on fixing those that don’t really work to my advantage – this has been my focus last year.
As expected, these haven’t been quick and smooth changes, but rather it is a gradual, and quite complicated process. Continue reading →
O ile 2017 rok był czasem, który przyniósł pierwsze ‘dorosłe’ decyzje w moim życiu, tak jego następca okazał się jeszcze ważniejszy. Zaakceptowanie pewnych cech osobowości oraz próba zmian tych, które jednak niezbyt sie sprawdzają były moim priorytetem, chociaż praca nad samym sobą nie jest czymś, na co istnieje złoty środek. Jak to ze mną też bywa, nic nie poszło gładko i przyjemnie, był – jest to proces raczej żmudny i długotrwały. Continue reading →
Another year for Knowing Bros went by, and now they’ve pretty much established themselves as one of the most successful variety shows in South Korea, despite being aired on cable network. JTBC also does pretty good work with promoting the show internationally, by constantly adding clips with moments from the show. Out of 52 episodes aired in 2018, large majority orbited around 5%, with only 5 going below 4%. Continue reading →
My beloved Kpop group returned with yet another EP this November, entitled Yes or Yes. Twice had an admittedly intense year, with a release after release and busy performances schedule. I can only be happy, as their songs tend to get stuck in my head for a long time and the new one is definitely no exception, but I do hope the girls get some well-deserved rest. The music business is pretty fierce in South Korea and it’s all about the timing – Twice along with Blackpink do enjoy plenty of spotlight right now, but how long can this last? From JYP or YG’s perspective they probably can’t afford to slow down, but let’s not go overboard…
Having said that, Yes or Yes? Totally yes. The new tune is surely another success for the band. Continue reading →
Oh Ayano, you really are the best around. While I tirelessly continue to jam to Ayano Kaneko’s 2nd full-length CD – Shukusai, which came out in April, much to my excitement the album got an acoustic rework recently. This new version is re-titled as 祝祭 ひとりでに (Shukusai hitorideni) – Festival alone(?) – as in, it’s a completely stripped down release, with Ayano singing and playing the acoustic guitar by herself. All the songs from the original Shukusai re-appear, and as I’m actually learning to play the guitar since October last year, these rearrangements motivate me real hard (though I still suck). Continue reading →
Barely 3 months after What is Love, TWICE reissued the EP in July, rebranding it as Summer Nights, and now that the summer is coming to an end, I’m finally getting round to write about it. Only three new songs appeared, including the main track – Dance the Night Away. The upbeat, EDM-y song did not completely win me over, though when you accept it for what it is – a light summer party banger, then I guess it’s decent? The visuals of the girls were stunning (no surprise there), the MV is enjoyable and despite the fact that the band did not promote for a long time on music shows, they continued to garner wins and got another deserved popularity boost. Continue reading →
How relevant Shiina Ringo exactly is in 2018? Some gave up, some chose Seiko Oomori, I largely listen to Ayano Kaneko now, though she’s someone completely different. Hence, my answer – Ringo continues to be fairly relevant on my playlist, but that’s about as much as I can say, other than that the opinions of the rest of Ringo fans community vary greatly.
This year marks Ringo’s 20th anniversary since she debuted in the music industry, and as such it came with a new tour, a tribute album, and oddly enough, she paid a visit to Mother Russia (?!). What can we make out of it all? Will an apple and a cat be replaced by the hammer and sickle? We can only speculate. Continue reading →
The second update post about my (currently) favorite Japanese singer. The singer-songwriter/girl with an acoustic guitar shtick isn’t anything groundbreaking, as there are many artists like that in Japan (and in the Western side of things Joni Mitchell or Emmylou Harris have been doing that decades ago). Yet, while listening to Ayano Kaneko I get the feeling she’s a real talent, there’s something special about her music. Her releases continue to bring a smile on my face and the songs make me tap my feet, and that’s what counts, right? A week and a half ago 祝祭 (Shukusai – Festival) came out, which is Kaneko’s second full-length album, following 恋する惑星 (Koisuru Wakusei – Love Planet) from 2015. Continue reading →