Category Archives: K-Music

Immortal Song 2: LED Apple’s “Invisible Love”

I don’t need to repeat, but I can’t help it!

AHHHHHH, SHOW YOU ARE SOOOOOOOO EFFFFIN UHMAZZZZZING!!!!!!!!!

I didn’t even know who LED Apple were before this show, and I will be honest to say I that I judged them way before they performed. Their visual idol-ish look made me think they were going for something more visual and blingy, and MEH yeah they will just go all dancy and rock-ish to cover up for their not so good singing skills. I knew it. But I was so wrong.

So so so wrong.

Bad bad me for pre-judging. And I thought I’d learned well from Sandeul’s case. Was absolutely completely jawdrop stunned and blown away by LED Apple’s  rendition of ballad legend Shin Seung Hun”s “Invisible Love“, esp vocalist Han Byul‘s rock solid delivery of such a melancholic song. You could feel the surge of emotions in his singing alone, the emptiness and devastation. You look at them and you cannot see or sense how much power these young idols have. They may be young, but the way they sing they sing from experience, as if they have been like this since forever. And although they did not win (beaten by the equally amazing V.O.S), theirs definitely left the biggest and most lasting impression.

I AM SO NOT WORTHY.

I think at this rate I’m going to have an IS2 feature on my blog every single week, DARN!

credits: P Kingsford @ Youtube

Immortal Song 2: Lim Jae Bum Special 2

Never judge an idol.

Before and until you hear him/her sing.

This is B1A4‘s Sandeul ripping hearts out with Lim Jae Bum‘s I’m a Candle Before You (released in 1984, 6 years before Sandeul was even BORN!).

How am I supposed to keep calm and NOT vote WIN for such an emotional and powerful performance?!

This episode was a whole lot of DAEBAK and AWESOMENESS. One must not miss this Lim Jae Bum Special, trust me, you will be amazed by the combination of vocal prowess shown in here. It had one of the best singer lineups and performances I’ve seen in IS2 in ages, AGES. And you know I am an IS2 buff regular watcher. You may get episodes with great vocalists, but you don’t get equal top notch performances all across the board all the time. Everyone in this episode was in top form, gave their very best and sang like deserving champs. And don’t even get me started on the emotional delivery.

Sandeul only managed to edge Wheesung and K. Will by less than 10 points (who’d beaten Moon Myung Jin, ALi earlier, all whom were not surprisingly themselves, AWESOME as usual!), so go figure, imagine the quality of sound and music you’re getting from this.

You know? If I had to plead and beg you, I am willing. GO WATCH IT NOW!

Check here for full performances: Lim Jae Bum IS2 Special – Eng Subs

credits: maltesers eugine / KBS World @ youtube

Immortal Song 2: J2M’s Splash

Imagine how hard and tough it must be for celebs and artists to make it big, to venture into the massive limelight and to stay there long enough to reap its benefits. There are plenty of lucky ones, who get there in a blink, but there are more, even more who struggle and strive hard but never get to see the light at the end of the tunnel, who are shoved under the masses of bling and flashy appearances. I always think art and music, it’s all about passion and love for what you do best. But ultimately, it’s also about the recognition and acknowledgement you get from people who appreciate, and who know how good you are.

Last week’s IS2 Special on veteran singer legend Choi Jin Hee featured one of the most emotional IS2 performances I have EVER EVER seen in IS2 history, by an unknown singing group J2M (formerly known as MTOM). It’s always lovely to see unknown and underrated stars make their way into the scene through IS2, one of the best platforms to launch or re-launch one’s music career, what better than to have an already solid bunch of music fan-lovers to judge you and to give you all the boost of confidence you need? A lot of unknown and underrated singers made significant marks through this show, my favs including ALi and Moon Myung Jin.

And in this episode, J2M.

Watch and be prepared to be WOWED!

It’s not all about their soulful and powerful vocals, their wonderful harmony and their outpour of emotions. This was a performance that came with a story, a story that I believe many upcoming and struggling performers can relate to from the deepest of their hearts. This was a story about struggle and perseverance that led to hope and light at the end. I cried watching them perform, moved by the sincerity and passion, the unleashing of their yearning to be known just for once. I sobbed even more when they took to the stage with their story, holding in tears culminated from years of struggle and determination.

I have no idea if they will break out even further after this IS2 (I hope they continue performing on IS1 of course!), but this is one performance that will linger for long. Definitely.

Thank you so much IS2!

credits:  video @ Youtube

Immortal Song 2: Jang Mi Hwa & Im Hee Sook Special

IS2HJY

I’m a happy girl today. I’m uber thankful gratified and just overwhelmed with ecstatic feels. This post marks one of the many milestones I’ve reached with this blog of mine. It’s been 4.5 years and it’s still alive ongoing! I myself am surprised I lasted this long. But yeah, thanks to the wonderful and crazy TMS fans <33, my blog (specifically my TMS posts) hit the highest reading blog count in YEARS, 4000 hits contrary to usual 400-500 hits I get per day! I literally went o_____0 jaw dropped to the floor I couldn’t believe my eyes! What did I do to deserve such attention and love? What did I do to deserve such flow of readers? I know it’s just one single post, but it still tickles and excites me. And I don’t think I can ever reach such heights, ever again! Thank you sooooooo very much ppls and tweeples whoever and wherever you are. TMS and Joo Gun x Tae Yang for the wiinnnnnn! <333

I also got back to watching IS2 today, after weeeeeeeeeks of hiatus. Today’s KBS World IS2 episode was a feature on 2 legendary singers Jang Mi Hwa and Im Hee Sook. And as usual, I don’t have to reiterate. IS2 continues to rawk, and I continue to unearth and discover singers that I’ve never come seen or heard of. This special was absolutely da bomb, made me clap like a loon from beginning to end. No, there weren’t any particularly mindblowing like WOAH performances, the kind that you get from singers like ALi or Bada. But what I loved, all of the singers held their own, and rawked the stage as if it were theirs and theirs alone. Everyone showed what they were good and gave their best. I was a happy fangirl!

Hong Jin Young and Outsider (one of the most mindblowing speed rapper I’ve seen!) as pictured above won the trophy in the end, but as usual, if a performance touches and moves me, and gets me all high, singer is already a victor in my heart.

Check out all 6 performances below:

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Immortal Song 2: Bada’s For 500 Years

I’ve been spazzing about IS2 performances for quite some time, but then I realised I’ve never covered performances by female singers before! Utter travesty! It’s not like IS2 doesn’t have its share of earth-shattering female vocalists, some of them are IMO even better than their male counterparts (I will not name)! Some powerhouses have managed to snuggle several wins over the men (most notable ALi, Sonya and Ailee) and had more than deservingly done so, but I’m going to dedicate this post to a singer whom I’d underestimated way before/when she just joined show.

Watched this just now and went all goosebumby!

Her rendition was absolutely deabak, from beginning to the very end. This week was about traditional folk, and the rest of them performed wonderfully just as I’d expected from them (my 2nd fav performance from my utter fav cutie Moon Myung Jin! 😛 ). But Bada’s performance gave me the longest of chills and goosebumps! Quiet but shattering, well deserving of the hoards of applause at the very end.

Bada may not have the broadest vocal range, there are a lot of better singers out there. But what I like about her, her versatility and effort to go diverse. She can go all diva and dancing queen, she can all ballad-y and rock, all with such ease and confidence. Have you seen her Girl’s Generation performance? It was absolutely mesmerizing. And her voice, the clarity and purity, just to die for.

I wish her all the best in her future endeavuors.

And of course, IS2 rawkksss!

credits: kbsworld

Immortal Song 2: Ha Dong Kyun’s After Love

Another round of Immortal Song 2!

I think I’ve been staying home on weekends more nowadays, because of this show, because of all the little surprises and gems that I get to discover from it. It’s a wonderful and gratifying feeling, the pure indulgence in music, the appreciation of heart and emotion shown, the immersing of your body heart and soul into a 4 minute trance. I don’t think I can ever have enough of it.

My discovery this week on KBSW’s IS2 Deulgukhwa Special: –

 

Ha Dong Kyun, another singer who came out of nowhere. Another Moon Myung Jin who has camera phobia, another singer who’d shied away from the stage for years. I had the biggest surprise and reaction the minute he sang, the minute his voice filled the stage, I went o____o, one almost couldn’t feel his pervading nervousness, as he’d claimed. He was so camera shy before he stepped on stage I almost thought and feared he’d falter or go off pitch, I almost wanted to go pat him in the back and calm him down. But when he sang, oh when he did, BAM WOW, now that’s singing with everything that you have, and as if you’ve only got that to rely on.  I certainly did not see THAT coming. Even victor of Part 1 Jung Dong Ha’s wonderful performance couldn’t beat the impact of an impression HDK’d left with me (in fact my fav performances of Part 1 were Ha Dong Kyun > 4Men > Jung Dong Ha > JK Kim Dong Wook/Youme > Jay Park).

It was a powerful and outreaching performance, combined with what every singer on IS2 has been giving thus far, his best effort and his everything. That’s a voice I’d remember for sure.

This show again proves how much Korea has to offer.

IS2 DAEBAKKKKKK! <333

credits: jongman kim @ youtube