ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL DRAKE’S LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY.
Seo In Guk - Finding Myself (High School King of Savvy OST)
Curious thing about ballads is that I usually don’t listen to them—but for some reason, drama ballads are tracks that I could listen to over and over again. (Maybe because I associate them with certain scenes? I dunno. All I know is that I’ve listened to this song an embarrassing amount of times.) Also, any drama that stars Seo In Guk and doesn’t feature him in the OST would be foolish.
The music on HSKOS so far has been used to great effect and I applaud the music director for not being too heavyhanded with the soundtrack. I always find overdramatic OSTs distracting and it often just cheapens scenes. I also applaud the PD for letting some scenes breathe, without any bg music. I find those scenes way more effective than ones backed by a string ensemble frantically shredding the resin off their strings.
As for the show:
High School King of Savvy, you make me feel so many feelings. All of them. And I love you for it. This show excels in finding the right balance between angst and humour. Like, with the father-son/pojangmacha scene in ep 12, they both were just trying to keep each other’s spirits up at that point, even though you could see that they could barely keep it together, which made it all the more devastating—but within that scene, I laughed at the father’s meta-jokes about Min Suk becoming a singer. The show could ride the angst for a dreadfully long time (just look at melos), but it chooses not to.
Even when the show’s at its most heartwrenching, the writer never forgets to inject little funny or mundane things/scenes in or around the sad stuff. I think some dramas forget that the world doesn’t stop just because one guy’s heart breaks.
Block B - HER
This is such a fun and funky summery song with a video to match its bright vibe. The earworm levels are high with this one.
Beenzino - Up All Night (feat. Mayson The Soul)
Mixed feelings about the EP (just gonna pretend Jackson Pollack Dick doesn’t exist, ok? Cool), but this track is definitely the stand-out from the bunch.
Side note on one of the features: I can’t believe there’s a rapper out there with the stage name Don Mills. He’s totally from North York, isn’t he? (PEANUT PLAZA, HEEEY).
Dynamic Duo x DJ Premier - AEAO
Yes, that DJ Premier. How did this even happen. Here’s their other collab.
LOCO - Hold Me Tight (feat. Crush)
I talk about Crush a lot but idgaf his falsetto gets to me. AOMG/VV:D’s releases have been hitting the spot lately. I heard this in the grocery store the other day and couldn’t help but groove between the aisles.
“Cinema has certain qualities, and it’s the image. Sometimes this image has its own breathing or tempo. It has to linger, and will linger because you want to have more. It is very instinctive. It is very instinctive when you’re shooting the shots in front of this video, the monitor, you know exactly, because sometimes it takes you more than 10 takes or 15 takes… Afterwards, the most enjoyable part is the final weeks. That means you put everything together, the sound, the images and everything to create a film… it’s beyond words… I think one of the reasons you keep making films is because you want to experience that part again and again.”
- Wong Kar Wai
Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Apartamento Magazine #11