From the infinite expanse of the universe to the four walls of one room, this week’s kpop MVs definitely demonstrate how music can fit in any space and change it for the better.
BTS x Coldplay – “My Universe”
This MV is out of this world (literally! ha!), and the song is a true collaboration. Coldplay definitely took the lead, but it wouldn’t be the same song without BTS’ parts, and I find myself humming along on a regular basis.
Key – “Bad Love”
Continuing with the otherworldly theme, we have Key’s homage to 80s pop — watch for those MJ references! — in “Bad Love.” Key’s light tenor and perfectly suited to the techno-pop and the soaring vocals that typified the era. I loveloveLOVE the outrageous outfits!
E’Last – “Dark Dream”
E’Last is back with the dramatic “Dark Dream”! The MV sticks to the dramatic black, white, and red theme, and excellent contrast to their smooth harmonies and the heavy guitar. It’s everything my angsty teenage self would have obsessed over.
Yang Yoseop – “Brain”
I first fell in love with Yang Yoseop’s voice when he sang “Divine Intervention” for the Hwarang OST. “Brain” is an excellent single to kick off his post-military career, and he has a maturity to his movements and vocals that will serve him for a long time to come.
Kim Woojin – “In my space”
YAY! This man’s voice, I tell you. Pretty sure I’ve listened to this album about once a day since it dropped, with ZERO regrets. Come enjoy the latest MV from Kim Woojin’s album The Moment.
Seoul x BTS – “EoGiYeongCha”
I stumbled on this video earlier this week and immediately freaked out. IT IS SO GOOD. It helps to know that “eo gi yeong cha” is a fisherman’s chant, much like the much-adored sea shanties of my own culture. The whole thing resonates with me — give it a watch and see if you aren’t itching to book your own ticket to Korea as soon as possible!
Coldplay x BTS – “My Universe” (acoustic version)
One of the true tests of a song is to see if it holds up when performed without enhanced instruments. Let me tell you, “My Universe” totally does and I LOVE IT. This might be my favorite version of the song, and I love this fan-made video.
What space does music occupy in your heart, kpop fans? Drop down in the comments and let me know!
Until the next star shines in the sky, I remain —
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi