Just a little background on me: When it comes to music, I’m a proficient dabbler. I know enough about playing and performing to really respect talented vocalists and well-crafted songs. I love watching new artists find their sound and established artists push their sound in new directions. And I am ALWAYS looking for a sound that’s just a little different from the rest of the genre, making it stand out because of the hook, the harmony, or the chorus that gets eternally trapped in my head.
How’s that for an intro? Let’s get down to business, shall we? This week I present to you some of the new-to-me tight vocals that have tickled my neurons, and the soaring vocals that caught my ear in the last few months. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
ATEEZ — “Pirate King”
Oh my goodness, I love the harmonies on the “oooh – eee – ooh” part of this song. They’re pretty tight throughout, making ATEEZ an up-and-coming group I’m going to keep an eye on. But what’s the part of the song that my kids and I sing to each other constantly? The ultra-high, auto-tuned “Will you be my friend?”, of course. We’re SO refined.
Gaho — “Not Over”
I’ve been sucked into the insanity of The Last Empress and I don’t regret it one bit. The song over the closing credits caught my ear time and time again, so I finally looked into it. OH MY HECK GAHO’S VOICE. I love it. I’ll share more of his work below, but first, enjoy the masterpiece that triggered my fall down that particular rabbit hole.
Gaho — “Going On”
In the first 30 seconds, you can hear Gaho just float up to those high notes and make them gorgeous. You really get a picture of his complete range from the very beginning of “Going On.” Treat your ears. Listen to this song, and then tell me if you’re now a Gaho fan like I am.
Gaho — “Then”
I’m not a ballad fan — slow, poetic songs make me want to snore. There are the rare few, though, that snag my attention and keep me invested from beginning to end, and “Then” is one of them. I love the pull of it, maintained by the upbeat staccato keyboard in the background and the crashing percussion.
Voisper — “Heart”
It cracks me up a little that the piano intro to “Heart” sounds so similar to “Not Over”, but it happens. Kdrama Jen actually introduced me to Voisper, and this is the song I fell in love with. I loveloveLOVE their harmonies and how they make the chorus soar.
BONUS MV: SHINee — “Countless”
I just can’t leave out Taemin from SHINee. I mentioned it in our podcast — the one kpop/kdrama/k-whatever moment that stood out to me in the last year was listening to “Countless” and realizing that Taemin had stepped up to take the soaring vocals that Jonghyun always handled. Totally took my breath away and made me tear up.
Share with me, drama fans. What groups have produced your favorite harmonies? What high notes have captured your ears? I want to know!
Until the next record spins, I remain–
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi