[Album Review] XX (1st Repackaged Album) – LOONA

LOONA returned last week with XX, which featured the title track Butterfly. It also features 4 other new tracks (which I will be reviewing today), on top of the tracks featured on their ++ release, which we first saw in August of last year. Their company has been teasing this comeback for some time. The first teaser was released in October and it featured the ending of the Hi High music video but in reverse. Interestingly, the order of ++ songs on XX is actually been reversed as well. While I think I may have cracked that code, there is still a lot more cryptic messages to work through. In the meantime, here is my review for XX.

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XX Album Cover

2. Butterfly (Title Track) Click here to read the full review of Butterfly. (10/10)

3. SatelliteSatellite is a very interesting track. It combines several appealing techniques to really make the song feel quite bold (but in a subtle way). The song starts off with a bouncy instrumental and very clear vocals. The pre-chorus takes a slight turn with a short yet sweet build-up, layered on top of a rolling drum beat. The chorus is what got my attention. It starts off with very melodic and wave-like vocals, which later moves onto a faster beat which provides a nice rush of energy to the chorus. It isn’t a combination that doesn’t really seem fitting, but it works effortlessly in this track. The rap sequences that make up majority of the second verse was also another well-done section, adding some texture to the track. I particularly like the inclusion of Kim-Lip’s section which sound like an electronic powering down (sorry for my unimaginative descriptions of each section). The rest of the track continues the same standard. Personally, Satellite is a very strong track if you are looking for something aesthetically pleasing. I also think this is a wonderful addition to their portfolio thus far. (9/10)

4. CuriosityCuriosity throws a hip-hop feel to their aesthetic works that we got during their pre-debut period. It does create an interesting mix, to be honest. I just felt that there seemed to be a lot to focus on during the chorus and the instrumental, while it featured a deep sounding synth that sounds somewhat unique, was overpowering the vocals at times. But hey, that was my first impression. With more listens, the song is getting slightly better. But the one feeling that has remained from the start was how lacklustre the rap sequence felt. I wanted more. More definition and something to really kick the song up a notch. (7/10)

5. ColorsColors is undeniably their most colourful work on the entire album. I attribute that to the certain level of brightness that you could feel during the chorus. The instrumental had a lot going on as well, which I think also contributed to this feeling. Once again, the instrumental did feel somewhat overwhelming, especially for the vocals of this track, which opted for a soft approach once again. However, I did like the instrumentation for the track, particularly the rolling drum beat during the chorus. The song also features a very conflicting dance break. It just doesn’t go with the rest of the song but for some reason it draws attention to the song in a way that I cannot really understand. To me, it attracted some good attention rather than a negative response (in my case at least). (7.5/10)

6. Where You AtWhere You At is an R&B dance track that actually has a very addictive chorus. There isn’t much going on within the song, but it was still a very strong track overall. The ‘Where You At’ repetition within the chorus instantly gets me singing along. Come to the think of it, the entire track is quite pleasant, and I think the soft nature of the song is a major charm that they played right. The instrumental is on the more typical side of the spectrum, but I still thought it was nice. The vocals had this electronic filter applied to it, which also gave it a nice effect. It isn’t as extreme as autotune and worked well with the soft nature of the track. Interestingly, the track does not feature a rap. I personally think this was a good move as it would cut the softness of the track. (9/10)

Overall Album Rating – 8.5/10

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[Review] Butterfly – LOONA

After debuting with Hi High, LOONA has returned after 6 months with their repackaged version of ++. The mini-album, now titled as ××, features the title track Butterfly. While this is good news for the group and Orbit (the fan club name of LOONA fans), there has been some unfortunate news recently. In the lead up to the Butterfly release, Yves and Yeojin were injured during their concert in a stage accident. Yves has been confirmed to continue promoting, while news regarding Yeojin’s participation hasn’t been confirmed yet. Best wishes to Yeojin for a fast recovery!

Butterfly seems like it is in line with the aesthetics we got in their pre-debut works. It also features a mature sound and stands out for a variety of reasons. The first is the song’s instrumental. The song takes on EDM in a very unique manner. It combines different sounds together to create a very dynamically powerful instrumentation that really allows for the chorus to stand out. I also like how they used a very high pitched ‘Fly Like A Butterfly’ as part of the chorus. It does sound like screeching but you can make out the words and it really adds a depth of colour to the song. The second reason would have to be the vocals. It is that one line again that I think really makes the song stand out, this time slightly lower pitch for the members to be able to sing. The rapping also has to be commended as it isn’t a powerful approach but rather more delicate. But it works well with the rest of the song. I also found it rather interesting that the vocals/raps were minimalistic, as it is usually the instrumental. The third and final reason why the song stands out is the lyrics. They are all about finding oneself and usually, songs of this nature earn applause from me. Overall, Butterfly is uniquely different but so amazing.

The music video zones in the meaning of the song but puts it into focus alongside the LOONAverse (which I actually have previously theorised about). The music video features people from all around the world, who are trying to find themselves in a complicated world. We see a lot of imagery from the LOONAVERSE throughout the video including apples, cassette tape players and eye patches to name a few. Scenes from the music videos were also imitated, while the exact locations in Hong Kong, Paris, LA and Iceland were also revisited. To me, this is a way for LOONA to tell their fans that they are also able to enter the LOONAVERSE and be together with them, while also be able to show their individuality like in LOONA”s pre-debut singles.

Matched alongside the unique yet amazing sound of the song is the choreography, which looks equally as dynamic and intense as the song. I thought the lying down at the start was really cool and the moves during the chorus looked beautiful, especially for dance moves during a music drop.

Song – 10/10
Music Video – 10/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9.8/10

[Music Video Theory] LOONAVERSE (Part 4) – Hi High

Beware that this is a very long post!

Welcome back to the fourth and final post of the LOONA music video theory. Previously, I have discussed the events associated with LOONA Odd Eye Circle (first post), LOONA 1/3 (second post) and LOONA yyxy (third post). And now, we will be continuing with the final part of their theory thus far, Hi High. I wish to reiterate that while I believe this is extensive, there are many aspects that I am unsure about and they could have a large impact on the theory. These are just my thoughts and the storyline that makes sense in my head to connect all the videos.

For these music video theory posts, I will be discussing each member’s music video based on the order I see fit (i.e. not necessarily the order in which the releases occurred). My own comments/thoughts will be shown in italics, while all other information will be shown in normal font. (i.e. what we can see visually from the screenshots/videos) Hopefully, this is not too confusing.

There is no emphasis on the animals in this video. Hence why I am not including the table in the post for this round.


Hi High Theory

Their music video seems to be the final video in the LOONAverse story but whether if that is true remains to be seen. Hi High shows us the reunion of all 12 members of LOONA, along with some recurring themes.

The members start off looking at the sky in the real world. And in the sky, it is the moon.

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All the members at this point have rejected Eden and need to meet up somewhere. The choice that LOONA makes is the moon. We see the moon starts off as a crescent, suggesting one member has already made their way up to. We are then shown ViVi running track and field once again in the same outfit as Love & Live, suggesting when she ran away, she ran towards the moon.

Note that the running action they perform throughout the video is like a run-up so that when they jump, they reach for the sky and slowly make their ascent up to the moon. This is clearly seen via Heejin’s jump at the end of the video. 

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We slowly see the members get together. Kim Lip meets with Choerry and they start running.

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Haseul and Yeojin, longtime friends, reunite in the grassy fields. They also start running.

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Hyunjin and Heejin meet each other.

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The OEC members previously meet with Olivia, who may be still be stuck in a part different world after being left alone by the rest of LOONA yyxy. They use their powers to transport Olivia to the same place, where she meets Yves and they share a smile with each other.

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Go Won and Chuu are wandering around the forest and in the background, you can tell they will meet Yves and Olivia. The four of them come together and start running.

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The final few members who we haven’t seen run yet, including Jinsoul, Hyunjin and Heejin, start running themselves. Everyone jumps and reaches for the moon, which I guess means they go to the moon – based on Heejin’s jump.

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Thus, this completes the reunion of LOONA and the start of their careers.


Or is it? 2 months ago, their company uploaded a reverse teaser. The events of Hi High was reversed! What does this mean? Did something prevent LOONA from getting together? Did Olivia’s evil side come through once again? Or does Yves have something more sinister planned?

Who knows? Until the next LOONA release will occur – To Be Continued.


And that completes my LOONAVERSE music video theory segment. Do you have any comments or alternative theories? Comment below! I would love to hear about them.

LOONAverse (Part 1) – Odd Eye Circle
LOONAverse (Part 2) – LOONA 1/3
LOONAverse (Part 3) – LOONA yyxy

Also check out the other music video theory posts, which I have linked in the first part of the LOONAVERSE theory series.

This also draws the music video theory to an end. I may return to do some more (or update some others) once we get more about the storyline. They are time-consuming but a lot of fun to research and write up. If you have any music video you want me to write about and enjoyed my theories, comment your suggestions down below!

[Music Video Theory] LOONAVERSE (Part 3) – LOONA yyxy

Beware that this is a very long post!

Welcome back to the third post of the LOONA music video theory. Previously, I have discussed the events associated with LOONA Odd Eye Circle (first post) and LOONA 1/3 (second post). And now, we will be continuing with the final LOONA unit, LOONA yyxy. I wish to reiterate that while I believe this is extensive, there are many aspects that I am unsure about and they could have a large impact on the theory. These are just my thoughts and the storyline that makes sense in my head to connect all the videos.

For these music video theory posts, I will be discussing each member’s music video based on the order I see fit (i.e. not necessarily the order in which the releases occurred). My own comments/thoughts will be shown in italics, while all other information will be shown in normal font. (i.e. what we can see visually from the screenshots/videos) Hopefully, this is not too confusing.

To begin the post, I have produced a small table that tells us information about each member. This will be referred to during the theory but I thought it would be a nice background for us to have before we dive right into it.

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LOONA yyxy Theory

new (Yves Solo)

Yves is probably the most important character in the LOONAverse. She shares the most connections with the other members and her character is the first to be seen rejecting Eden (the third world that makes up the LOONAVERSE).

The music video introduces the concept of the Forbidden Apple, which was eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (the original sin). And the way to reject Eden in this video is done in a similar fashion, you need to take a bite of the RED apple.

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Yves takes a bite of the apple, resulting in her rejecting Eden. Eden has the ability to think for itself, presenting those who live in its world with the person’s desires to keep them there. Eden probably knows of Yves potential in influencing the rest of LOONA hence why she is locked up in buildings and she is observed most of the time on stairs (away from people). But Eden will always fulfils a person’s desire and Yves wanted out, so Eden mistakenly produced an apple for Yves.

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We also see her influence on the other members. Partway into the video, we see Yves play the claw machine game, which is shown to have three coloured lights (the colours of the worlds in Choerry’s music video) and this claw machine basically represents the LOONAverse. However, only some of the members are present as she could only obtain a frog and penguin plushie (representing Yeojin and Chuu, respectively). When she grabs those toys, she grabs an apple instead, suggesting that she presented an apple to these two members.

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We also see ViVi on a date with Yves. This is why I see the guy in ViVi’s video as Yves. And for the date, they go roller skating. Yves presents an apple to ViVi, who must have eaten it. And it is from this point forward, she becomes a robot. Though there isn’t an exact timeline to that.

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We see a scene where she takes a swing at all the animals in the LOONAverse. This is clear that she will be tempting each member. But first, she needs to find the rest of them.

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And that is where Choerry comes into play, who catches an apple that Yves had dropped from above. Remember back to what I said about Choerry in the Girl Front music video. Choerry is finding other LOONA members for Yves. She found Hyunjin (the cat) and she also found Kim Lip (the owl), indicated on her map. I think Choerry is finding the rest of LOONA and presenting the apple to each member (i.e. Choerry was sent by Yves to find the other members).

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Heart Attack (Chuu Solo)

Based on Chuu’s video, you can tell she is very obsessed with Yves. In many ways, she looks up to Yves and wants to be like her. To the point where Chuu wears the same things as Yves, down to the same shoes.

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Chuu knows Yves like apples and throughout the video Chuu attempts to give her a green apple. Yves, on the other hand, does not like green apples as they do not fulfil the rejection of Eden. Only red apples will work. Hence the emphasis on the red aspect of the apples in Yves section.

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As the green apple does not work, Yves reject Chuu, who resents Yves for a short period. But since Eden gives the person what they desire the most, Chuu’s apple turns into red the moment she bites into it. This results in Chuu’s rejection of Eden. We then see a montage of Chuu and Yves partying and embracing each other.

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At the end of the music video, we see Chuu passed out outside the house. Haseul walks past and comes to her aid, waking Chuu up. Chuu’s response is rather weird. She just gets up and leaves. In the background, you can see the penguin and swan together on the window sill. Hence it is my belief that Chuu faked her fainting spell to help locate Haseul or draw her out so Yves can present the apple to her.

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One and Only (Go Won Solo)

Go Won spends most of her time running away from Yves and Chuu, who are working together. From the video, she doesn’t want to reject her version of Eden because her desire for power is too great, which lead to her being isolated and alone. She fears once she rejects Eden, she wouldn’t be able to control herself.

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After a while, she sits down and eats a pineapple, which I think Yves planted as the ‘red apple’. We are then shown Yves and Chuu sitting at the end of the table and eating red apples.

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Realizing what she had done, Go Won locks herself up and further isolates herself from everyone. But Yves walks in, crowning Go Won. She also hugs Go Won, which seems to tell her that she no longer needs to live alone and has friends.

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Egotist (Olivia Hye Solo)

Olivia Hye is the only member to not really live in the Eden universe. Her desires aren’t fulfilled in her video, which is what made me believe that Olivia is part of a different world. She may be living in the OEC world.

Based on the video, Olivia Hye has two sides. She wakes up on a bed of white feathers and looks up to see someone looking down at her from above.

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She slowly makes her way up there, to where the person was.

We then get confirmation that there are two sides of Olivia. The two sides are shown hugging each other on the mattress, showing that they are one person.

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But it takes a turn, with scenes of an evil Olivia (red eyes) holding onto innocent Olivia, who is hanging off the edge of the balcony. Evil Olivia lets go and innocent Olivia falls to her death (red feathers). I think the Mobius strip still applies to this storyline, hence why I theorize that she could be living in the OEC world.  At the very start of the video, we see one hand let another go, similar to the way innocent Olivia was let go by her evil counterpart (i.e. it repeats).

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And in order to break the loop, evil Olivia burns the mattress, along with innocent Olivia. Jinsoul makes an appearance in this video. My guess to Jinsoul’s presence is that Jinsoul told Olivia about the loop (there is a whispering scene) and how it could be broken.

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Heejin also makes an appearance at the end of the video. Remember Heejin failed to get to Yeojin and so has moved onto Olivia Hye and the rest of LOONA yyxy. What Yves and Olvia has done to themselves and the people around them needs rehabilitation, which leads onto the next video.

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love4eva (LOONA yyxy)

Based on the description of the video, Heejin brought Yves, Chuu, Go Won and Olivia Hye to fix their egos. Yves, Chuu and Go Won could be immature and have big egos due to their desires. Olivia Hye was brought in for obvious reasons, to rehabilitate her evil self.

The boarding school is extremely strict. But once a tempter, always a tempter. Yves break apart from the group to have fun outside. Chuu takes notices and quickly follows Yves temptation. Likewise, they tell Go Won and the trio have fun outside. Note how this is like what occurred in their solo music videos.

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They, however, are not as inviting to Olivia Hye, often avoiding her and leaving her out of the conversation. My guess is that they sense that she evil.

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Sometimes, Olivia follows the trio outside but cannot find them, leading to her evil side to come out – as seen by the way she stands outside in the forest.

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She also eats her apples, more than the other member to fit in and experience what the trio are experiencing (especially the One music video and the dance break). But this fails.

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In the end, Yves Chuu and Go Won managed to escape the school. Yves probably knows that the rejection of Eden has bigger implications down the line (i.e. their debut music video) hence why she left the school with her two friends.

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Olivia remained behind and successfully completed her training. She is now free to roam the world and rejoin the LOONA members.

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This completes my LOONA yyxy theory post. I will be posting the other theory posts very shortly, so stay tuned for that.

LOONAverse (Part 1) – Odd Eye Circle
LOONAverse (Part 2) – LOONA 1/3
LOONAverse (Part 4) – Hi High

The links will become available once the respective post is published.

If you have any thoughts you want to share or want to add some input into this theory, feel free to comment below!

[Music Video Theory] LOONAVERSE (Part 2) – LOONA 1/3

Beware that this is a very long post!

Welcome back to the second post of the LOONA music video theory. In the last post, I explained why I started off with the events of the LOONA Odd Eyed Circle (OEC) and the relevant members (Kim Lip, Jinsoul and Choerry).  And now, we will be continuing with the rest of the LOONA member videos. I wish to reiterate that while I believe this is extensive, there are many aspects that I am unsure about and they could have a large impact on the theory. These are just my thoughts and the storyline that makes sense in my head to connect all the videos.

For these music video theory posts, I will be discussing each member’s music video based on the order I see fit (i.e. not necessarily the order in which the releases occurred). My own comments/thoughts will be shown in italics, while all other information will be shown in normal font. (i.e. what we can see visually from the screenshots/videos) Hopefully, this is not too confusing.

To begin the post, I have produced a small table that tells us information about each member. This will be referred to during the theory but I thought it would be a nice background for us to have before we dive right into it.

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LOONA 1/3 Theory

Everyday I Love You (Vivi Solo)

From the stylistic choices made to the video (i.e. the retro setting, the lighting during the rapping section in the bridge), I believe this music video is probably the very first video of the entire storyline for the LOONAverse.

The most important part of this music video is the end of the video. After ViVi turns off the lights, she gets a text message, which roughly translates to ‘I’ll be back tomorrow’.

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In the video, she becomes attracted to the guy who she meets while on the job. Now, clearly based on the video, we assume it is the guy that sent the message. But I think the guy is someone else. Someone, whom we meet later, who also goes on a skating date with ViVi. I believe the guy is Yves. More on Yves in the next post.

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And back in the day, Heejin, Hyunjin, Haseul and Yeojin were all friends. We already know Haeseul and Yeojin were friends based on Choerry’s music video, So the fact that these four girls were hanging together in this video tells us about their budding friendship.

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It also shows one very important detail. ViVi was never their friend. We never see any interaction between her and the four girls. We do see her singing into the camera with that retro filter, which I believe she is copying them to try to get into their group.

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Love and Live (LOONA 1/3)

So, something happens to ViVi in between her solo music video and this one. ViVi has somehow turned into a robot and requires charging every now and then, in order for her to compete in the relay races that she was created for. Note that there is no indication that ViVi was a robot in her solo music video. She does wear a backpack in the previous video but it was rather flimsy to be considered a battery pack. 

On her team is the rest of LOONA 1/3 (Heejin, Hyunjin and Haseul) who also train with her. Yeojin is noticeably missing for this unit, suggesting that she was taken away or left for something else. More will be discussed at the end of this theory. ViVi was probably added to fill in the missing position in their team.

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Once again, we see ViVi have a hard time fitting into the group. As she is a robot, she has to take time out to charge her batteries. Hyunjin notices and may have told the other members, who could have teased her for this. We also see the girls enjoying some fruit juice but ViVi is unable to (she stores them in her locker).

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In the end, we see her take off during another training session. She continues to run until her batteries are drained. The reason why? I don’t have an idea that I am 100% confident in. My initial thoughts that she was running away to remove herself from the world. And while that has been suggested in other theories, there isn’t a clear indication to which world she is running to or a reason why at this point. I believe she ran to the world in which the members would be reuniting – as to be discussed in the Hi High post. One theory suggested Eden but ViVi doesn’t make an appearance in Eden beside Yves’ music video – but it was for a different storyline. 

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The same writer put out that ViVi was once part of the OEC world, based on how her eye flashed when her batteries died. I did not pick up on that, so props to that writer – I will post a link in the comments section to that theory. But whether she was traded out for a different member, I am not too convinced as all the OEC had their eyes flash at one point in time.  

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Sonatine (LOONA 1/3)

Not really an important video in my opinion. It does reiterate some points. The fact that ViVi ran to the point of exhaustion (i.e. her batteries died) is shown clearly in the music video. All her scenes were shot while she was on the ground.

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All other members had scenes higher up (i.e. on bridges or balconies).

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One member did have a camera shot while on the ground and that is Haseul.

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Well, what does this mean? ViVi tried to remove herself from the world and this video suggests that she was successful. Which world did she end up in, I still have no clue. Haseul also removed herself from the world and that will be discussed later on.


Let Me In (Haseul Solo)

Haseul is seen finding a plane wreckage, using a yellow car that she was not driving. Someone (could be herself, could be someone else) was leading her towards that plane wreckage for some reason. Along the way, it also seems to show her finding diamonds (her ability).

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But it wasn’t the plane that she was looking for. She was seeking herself but as the white bird. The diamonds lead to her.

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She finds it successfully and shoot it, thus eliminating herself from the world. Why? Well, my guess this happened after she realized what she is missing out on. I assume she isn’t in the real world in this video and wants to be. And since she eliminated herself from the world, she was shot at ground level in one of the scenes during Sonatine. 

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Also, the plane wreckage should not be disregarded. In Girl Front, Choerry threw a paper plane, which landed on the ground in the desert, while seeking for Haseul. In this video, a paper plane flashed across the screen while the focus was on the plane wreckage, suggesting both were the same. Hence Choerry did find Haseul’s footsteps but could not find Haseul’s physical self – due to her self-removal from the world.

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On a side note, I don’t think Haseul died – rather she is free to roam the worlds (i.e. in Sonatine – she was on both a higher up level and the ground).


Around You (Hyunjin Solo)

Hyunjin’s music video seems to be the least complicated. She is shown to have the ability to replicate herself and be at multiple places at once (see the theory link below).

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The normalness in this video suggests that she is part of the real world, one of the three worlds seen in the Choerry’s music video.

I also mentioned that Haseul wants to experience the real world. She may saw what Hyunjin is experiencing and wants that to occur. 

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ViVid (Heejin Solo)

In Heejin’s video, I think she has the ability to bend light. Everything is quite bright, and her world is full of colour. On top of that, a rainbow light is positioned over her eyes. It is clearly different from the real world, which she had left. My reason to why she left will be explained in Yeojin’s part.

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There were a number of scenes with an emphasis on darkness. Notice how they were incomplete, her back was turned away from the camera or out of focus. It suggests that her ability to bend light is real and may help travel through different worlds.

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A French quote was seen at the bottom of the screen during the start of her video. It says ‘I would like to clean. There are tools out there.’ Throughout the video, she is busy cleaning and she enjoys herself while doing so. My thinking is that she is the one helping ‘clean’ the LOONAverse and the mess that was made around Yeojin and Olivia Hye. More on that later and in the next post, respectively. Her green dress, shown in the final image of this section may suggest she is currently focused on Yeojin.

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Kiss Later (Yeojin Solo)

Yeojin is the only person to not be a part of LOONA 1/3 despite being introduced earlier on (before ViVi). She was most likely taken to Eden after Choerry’s music video, where she was seen hanging out with Haseul and Choerry.

She is also in a colourful world. And this colourful world gives her the desires she wants (aka. Eden). She is treated like a princess and given expensive gifts. She wants true love and she is given that in the form of a frog.

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As she is the youngest member of the LOONAverse, she is far too innocent and hence wants to remain in this world as her desires are being fulfilled.

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Two members have been seen trying to get to her. Heejin is the first member who is attempting to ‘clean up’ by replicating the same world as Yeojin’s in order to get to her by using her power (i.e. bending light). That is also why we see her move in and out of the coloured worlds and also the real world. The second member is Yves, who is seen winning a frog in the claw machine, which is the animal representing Yeojin.


This completes my LOONA 1/3 theory post. I will be posting the other theory posts very shortly, so stay tuned for that.

LOONAverse (Part 1) – Odd Eye Circle
LOONAverse (Part 3) – LOONA yyxy
LOONAverse (Part 4) – Hi High

The links will become available once the respective post is published.

If you have any thoughts you want to share or want to add some input into this theory, feel free to comment below!

[Music Video Theory] LOONAverse (Part 1) – Odd Eye Circle

Beware that this is a very long post!

A few months back, I promised a whole set of music video theories. And so far, I have completed music video theory posts for GOT7’s Flight Log trilogy, Monsta X’s The Clan trilogy, UNB’s Sense and Dream Catcher’s Horror Quadrilogy. To wrap up the music video theory segment for this year is LOONA’s LOONAverse theory. Due to the number of videos I had to watch and connect, I had to continually delay the release of it. But I have finally completed it.

For these music video theory posts, I will be discussing each member’s music video based on the order I see fit (i.e. not necessarily the order in which the releases occurred). My own comments/thoughts will be shown in italics, while all other information will be shown in normal font. (i.e. what we can see visually from the screenshots/videos) Hopefully, this is not too confusing.

Please also note that this isn’t 100% correct. This is just what I think occurred. I know I have missed out on a lot of details and the missing details can easily affect my theory.

To begin the post, I have produced a small table that tells us information about each member. This will be referred to during the theory but I thought it would be a nice background for us to have before we dive right into it.

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Odd Eyed Circle (OEC) Theory

I want to begin with the Odd Eyed Circle subunit because Choerry and their Girl Front music videos basically introduce the main components of the LOONAverse. But in order to discuss those videos, we need to understand the origins of OEC. So, we begin at what I think is the beginning of their storyline – Sweet Crazy Love.


Sweet Crazy Love (SCL)

Based on this video, the girls don’t know one another yet. However, Kim Lip and Choerry’s paths are intertwined, similar to the way the sun and moon cross paths. When the two members cross path (i.e. Kim Lip is hanging out on the streets and Choerry is in the car), they have a realization of what needs to occur (i.e. their eyes are activated). This leads to the members returning to their dropped bags from the beginning and setting the events of each of their music videos into motion.

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Jinsoul is the only member to not interact with the others in this video. Instead, she finds the blue betta fish in the plastic bag, while she is on the train carriage. She rides with the fish by her side and encounters someone ripping off one of her earphones (though we don’t see her – my guess is herself, based on the Girl Front music video). The earphone is positioned next to the fish, who tells her what she needs to do (i.e. the sound could go from one side of the earphones to the other), leading her the removal of her eye patch and activating her eye.

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So what makes me think this video is the first video for the OEC (and possibly the LOONAverse)? The ending shows Kim Lip returning to her bag which she dropped. We then see her solo music video in the final moments of the video, which suggests what happens next. Furthermore, each member of OEC is wearing the same outfit schoolgirl outfit that they wore at the start of each of their solo music videos.


Eclipse (Kim Lip Solo)

We begin with where we left off from SCL. Kim Lip walks into the abandoned structure with her school bag, which she drops and proceeds to dance on the red platform.

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Her animal is the owl and along with the clothing that she is wearing (which I found someone else had written about on AminoApp – link in comments) and the emphasis on the eye, this suggests Kim Lip is all-seeing and wise.

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In the events of SCL, she probably saw the need to bring the worlds together. Hence, her dance is a necessary part of beginning the process, similar to how some cultures perform the rain dance in the belief that it will cause rain.

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She also needs the help for this eclispe to occur. She sits on the throne, declaring herself to be the leader that brought the unit together. I also believe this is her way of showing herself to be the Queen of the OEC world. The smoke, based on Jinsoul’s video, could also represent that Kim Lip is being transported to another place.

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What she also did, which I don’t know if she knew at the time, is that she started a Mobius strip, which in the context of the LOONAverse is a continuous timeline that will continually repeat itself. Confirmation that this occurs is seen at the end, where someone is viewing her, which based on the later videos, it is suggested that this someone was herself.

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Dancing In The Rain (Jinsoul Solo)

Jinsoul is shown to be carrying the same blue betta fish AND is wearing the same outfit from SCL, suggesting we are just coming off the SCL music video.

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She saw someone (possibly Kim Lip) at the start of the video. We see someone viewing her through a camera lens (once again, emphasis on the eye). Possibly this someone told her to hurry up and put the fish into the tank before the eclipse to travel to the other worlds.

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She finds an aquarium, where she places the blue betta fish into the centre tank. Prior to doing this, she is shown to be distorting the contents of the tank. This suggests that she can change elements and control the environment (which we see through the presence of rain later in the video). If she can control the environment, she can physically cause the eclipse to occur (or the three worlds to combine), aiding Kim Lip.

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We also see scenes of her inside a fish tank. Firstly, she is singing inside of it. Afterwards, blue smoke is seen coming from the tank. This could be her way of making it to the other worlds OR it could signal the end of her job in this eclipse formation (same way smoke came surrounded Kim Lip once she sat on the throne).

 

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At the end, it seems like Jinsoul is looking at someone. The image is incomplete, giving some mystery to the already complex LOONAverse world. Maybe she reunited with Kim Lip start of the video, giving her a stern yet affirmative look that her work is done.

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Love Cherry Motion (Choerry Solo)

Choerry starts off in the same outfit as in SCL. She meets up with Haeseul and Yeojin and hangs out with them. This shows that Choerry, Haeseul and Yeojin were once part of the real world.

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She then notices a cake on the bed, which a cherry on top. She eats the cherry and passes out. Whoever left the cherry cake on the bed is unknown but there are two possibilities. Kim Lip crossed paths with Choerry and hence is part of the real world as well. The other person is Jinsoul, who was seen eating cherries in Olivia Hye’s music video.

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Choerry wakes up in a different setting (I think she is now in the OEC world). One of the OEC members attracts her attention in the same manner as she did with Haseul at the start of the video.

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 She follows and reaches a field with mirrors, where she interacts with her reflection (i.e. passing of the cherry between the mirror). Hence her ability is interacting and travelling to different worlds, which is an important detail in Girl Front.

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She eats another cherry and is transported to the same field but it is purple in colour (meaning she has been transferred to another alternative world).

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We see her smile at the sky, which is revealed to show 3 moons – each presenting the three worlds for this series. The first represents the real world, the second represents the OEC universe and the 3rd represents Eden). The purple fields is the fourth world as none of the worlds above fit the purple field description. And to see the three worlds in one frame, Choerry would need to be in a fourth world. There is also no rule to there being only three worlds.

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Also, every time Choerry eats a cherry, she is taken to a limbo, where she can see and interact Jinsoul and Kim Lip (i.e. the choreography shots). There is also another shot with Choerry by herself looking into a mirror, while in this limbo. Above her is a tree. Importance of this tree will be shown in the next section.

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Girl Front

The Girl Front music video confirms the presence of different theories and ideas discussed above, along with the confirmation of what the entire story is about.

The idea of a Mobius strip has been suggested through the ending scene of the Kim Lip video (see above). In Girl Front, Jinsoul is spotted wearing a wristband that is twisted to form a Mobius strip. There is also an entire segment at the end of the video where Choerry throws a paper plane in the right direction, but it hits her back, coming from the left direction. We also get that confirmation at the very end, with Kim Lip looking at herself from afar.

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Jinsoul, in this video, is stuck doing the same thing. She is kind of like playing hide and seek, where you cover your eyes and count. She looks behind her every single time to see if anyone is there. And she continually does this (in an infinite loop – going back to the mobius strip) until the other members are behind her, which breaks the loop.

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I think the most important person in this video is Choerry, as she contributes to the LOONA storyline the most. She spends this entire video walking around with a map. She is looking for the other LOONA members, which is revealed to us when she puts a cat sticker down. Notice that along with a cat, she is also looking for a rabbit, bird and deer – based on the stickers on the map.

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Choerry may be a part of the OEC unit but she also found an ‘owl’ (which in the LOONAverse represents Kim Lip) based on the middle image above, suggesting that she is there under the instruction of someone else. There really isn’t any need to find Kim Lip (the leader of the unit who was theorized to be the cause of bringing the three together, unless you were acting on someone else’s behalf.

Going back to the tree in Choerry’s limbo, the only music video with a prevalent tree is Hyunjin’s music video. Putting down a cat sticker in the Girl Front music video means Choerry found Hyunjin. As Choerry can travel between worlds, she is a likely choice to do some seeking for someone. 

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Choerry also seemed to have located Haseul’s plane wreckage, just it is evident that Choerry is in the wrong world. I will touch upon that later when it comes to Haseul’s part (the next post).

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So when Jinsoul finds the other 2 OEC members, Jinsoul and Kim Lip join forces with Choerry to find the rest of LOONA. We are also then shown the three moons have disappeared and replaced by one big eclipse. This is the plot line for the Hi High music video, which is all about a large reunion. The Eclipse brings together the three worlds so all the members can reunite.

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This completes my Odd Eye Circle theory post. I will be posting the other theory posts very shortly, so stay tuned for that.

LOONAverse (Part 2) – LOONA 1/3
LOONAverse (Part 3) – LOONA yyxy
LOONAverse (Part 4) – Hi High

The links will become available once the respective post is published.

If you have any thoughts you want to share or want to add some input into this theory, feel free to comment below!

[Album Review] ++ (1st Mini Album) – LOONA

I know the album reviews are coming out at really odd times but bear with me for just this week as I make an attempt to catch up on the reviews. The next album that I will be reviewing is LOONA’s debut mini-album, titled as ++. It features both Hi High and favoRiTe, which I have both written separate reviews for. For those who also know about the music video theories that I had promised to write up, I have decided to put them on hold due to the sheer amount of time it takes to write them. They will be up sometime this year, so do not worry! But today, we are here for the album, so let’s get going!

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2. Hi High (Title Track)Click here to read the full review for Hi High. (9/10)

3. favoRiTe (Pre-Release Song)Click here to read the full review for favoRiTe. (9/10)

4. Heat (열기)Heat fits the more aesthetically pleasing side of LOONA that we got through their pre-debut singles. The song has a very mature feel to it, something that you would not expect if you know LOONA through just their debut track. I like how peaceful the song sounds. It flows very well, and the minimalistic vibes of the instrumental allows their amazing vocals to fill the void and shine very brightly. I thought the suspense building, despite the minimalistic vibes of the song, were pretty good as well. (8/10)

5. Perfect LovePerfect Love has that upbeat feel that you expect from a Summer season song. It is literally your standard pop song but done right. The chorus features a simple yet addictive hook, in my opinion. I think more could have done to the verses to really bring the song to another level, as it felt very plain. The song ends off with a short instrumental section, which I thought was cool. But not so much for that squeaky synth. And while the song does have fantastic vocals, it needed some rapping in it. That would have added a layer of texture. (8/10)

6. Stylish – I like the vibes from this song the most as it has a ‘stylish’ feel to it. It takes on that aesthetically pleasing sound and mature sound, like Heart (earlier song on the album). I like the start of the chorus, which has the instrumental omitted, allowing for the vocals (and filtered background vocals) to be in the spotlight. It created a nice level of suspense and amazement, which I thought was quite cool. I would like to see a performance for this song, as the song has that epic feel suited for the stage. Once again, I think the song could have used a rap sequence, but it was still amazing anyway. (9/10)

Overall Album Rating – 8.6/10

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[Review] Hi High – LOONA

After a long pre-debut period of almost two years, LOONA have finally made their official debut with Hi High. Yes, this is not a pre-release but their actual debut track which they will be formally promoting on stage. The song features on the group’s first mini-album, which is called ++. The group previously made a pre-release with favoRiTe, which is also featured on the said mini-album.

Hi High is an extremely energetic and bright song that felt very unexpected. I saw that because LOONA’s predebut consisted of a wide variety of genres and styles. Yet they went with something a little cliche for a debut. Not that is a problem as the song does a really good job of presenting that youthful side of the group to the listener. There is a sense of familiarity, however, as it does remind me of their predebut style. I really like the ‘Woo-Woo-Ah’ lines within the verses, which were really catchy. The chorus itself was really addictive with the repetition of the English and the chant vibes that come from it. Even though it just came out, it has already been replayed an unhealthy amount of times. Vocally, the song was amazing and the rapping was quite good. The high note during the bridge was spectacular, kicking us with some impact just before the song ends. Overall, it was a fun song that definitely shows their potential.

These are just my observations from the music video but there were a fair bit of reunions. Furthermore, a number of scenes reminded me of some of the predebut music videos, such as the dark room and the athletic track running scenes. Based on this (and the fact that LOONAverse flashes across the screen at the start), I think the context of the video is that they are rejoining as a group after being apart in their own worlds for quite some time. For those who don’t know, I will be posting my LOONA music video theory in a number of weeks (there will be scheduling changes for that) and this video will find its way onto that theory. Storyline aside, it is a good video on its own.

The performance of this song consists of a lot of members. There are other groups who consist of more members but their choreography has been very tight. LOONA’s performance, on the other hand, is a lot looser. The members had to do a fair amount of running to get from one side to the other. I like the cuteness in this choreography, especially during the chorus, which made the performance very inviting.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8.5/10
Overall Rating – 8.9/10

[Review] favOriTe – LOONA

For me, LOONA is now the most anticipated debut of 2018. So I am a little disappointed with the fact that this isn’t a debut but rather a pre-release or taster to what is about to come. For those who do not know LOONA, they are an 12 member girl group who spent the last 2 years releasing solo tracks and subunit mini-albums, whilst also building up hype to their end-goal, their debut.

favOriTe is the title of this pre-release single and it is going to knock your socks off. It is an interesting yet very jam-packed song, featuring what I would call an intense instrumental. I am not sure how to exactly describe the instrumental besides a cluster is synths that work extremely well together. I think each section (minus the pre-choruses) have something different within them, which in turns prevented the song from becoming repetitive, which I was slightly concerned about. For example, the second chorus featured the high pitch screeching (which resembles mosquitoes for me, hahaha…), whereas the first chorus didn’t. While we are on the topic of the instrumental, the very start felt like it was a throwback to a number of the solo releases, with a very LOONA sound being heard. Vocally, the song was quite good. I did expect more rapping though, given the intense nature of the song. I also found the song very easy to get into, which should be hard given the number of synths featured. But hey, if they managed to make it easy on the ears, imagine what else they can do.

The music video was mainly choreography shots in an abandoned warehouse and a number of closeup shots in a grayscale filter. Not a bad video for a pre-release. If I was to be critical, their outfits look very plain and poorly chosen for this video. Sure, they have that supposedly cutesy and youthful side but the song calls for something edgier.

The choreography was amazing. Really enjoyed all the sections that I saw in the music video. The most favourite part was the dance break, which definitely added more of that edge to the performance than any other section. I would like this to be performed on stage (But I believe this was already performed on stage before but I like to see it in more HD – with fan chants).

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8.7/10

[Album Review] Beauty & the Beat (1st Mini Album) – LOONA yyxy

Wrapping up LOONA’s pre-debut project is LOONA yyxy, which is the subunit of the 12-member group, made up of Yves, Chuu, Go Won and Olivia Hye. Beauty & the Beat is their first mini-album and presents us with love4eva as the main title track. I thought that I shouldn’t avoid this particular album, especially with the quality of LOONA’s predebut solo exceeding my debut when I reviewed them a few weeks ago (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). So here is my album review for LOONA yyxy’s first release.

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2. love4eva (ft. Grimes) (Title Track)Click here for the full review of love4eva. (8.5/10) (I have noticed some issues with this particular review – spelling mistakes, missing performance review and incorrect member identification. I will fix it as soon as possible. Just feeling a little ill today so I will try to do it tomorrow).

3. frozen – The song (and the verses overall) focused on a softer sound while the chorus takes a more explosive approach, where the latter was my favourite sections of the song. Honestly, the thing you think of every single time you hear the song is how these two polar-opposites manage to go together. However, you remain surprised that it works each time. The contrast between these two makes the song interesting. I also liked the vocals, with certain moments (such as the high note) showcasing their abilities. The rap-speak right after the high note was a smart way of delaying (and creating suspense) to the final chorus. Overall, a very enjoyable song. (9/10)

4. oneway – This song is a ballad which was apparently on hold for a May 2019 release (according to the teasers) for LOONA the Ballad. It is unknown why they released early though but I am glad it does. Like the previous track, it also presents their vocal capabilities. The instrumentation felt very typical of a classically styled ballad however it did give the song a very grand feel. Overall, I felt the song was a little dry for my liking but its elements allowed it to stand out. (7/10)

5. rendezvous 18.6y – Finishing off the album is a retro-like sound, which I thought was a little odd at first. I don’t know but the song felt a little out there. However, it is one of my favourites off this album. Their vocals weren’t exactly the strongest here, however, there was this youthful element which really made the song sound light and sweet. The instrumental was nice and had a lively feel. (8/10)

Overall Album Rating – 8.1/10

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[Review] love4eva – LOONA yyxy (ft. Grimes)

For the first time ever, I am doing a LOONA review on the very day it is released and not a couple of months (or a year) down the track. LOONA is finishing up with their pre-debut project with the final subunit which features the last 4 members revealed (Yves, Chuu, Go Won and Olivia Hye). The unit is named LOONA yyxy, with the final part standing for Youth Youth by Young (shrugs shoulder – but reading some unofficial sites, the name is based on chromosomes xx and xy).

love4eva is a song produced by the same people who brought you Gee by SNSD. The very start of the song does remind me of the famous song, along with I.O.I’s Very Very Very. It is a bright and bubbly song, overloaded with the cuteness from the members. It truly keeps to their name, youthful and young. I thought the pre-chorus was an interesting change-up from the verses and chorus. The chorus is super catchy and definitely one of the highlights of the song. Vocals and raps (though limited) were good. The other highlight of the song that I love is the instrumental sequence just before the bridge. You’d expect them to do something traditionally cute, which I had expected. However, they added electronic synths and autotuned muttering on top, which adds a completely different yet extra cute feel to it. I don’t know how to exactly describe it words, so do check it out. Overall, great song from the girls.

I will be reviewing this music video based on what I see and will not relate it to any of the solo predebut music videos. Essentially, the video is set in this etiquette school, where the 4 members are currently students. And the school also has this strict headmistress. Yves tends to go off into the woods and dirty her socks, which clearly upsets the headmistress. She tempts Chuu (and later Go Won) into joining her and running off into the woods, leaving Olivia behind. At the end of the video, we see that Olivia remained behind as the only one, to which she gets all the praises in the end. However, she comes off as looking possessed or seriously angry as a result, which I am now unsure of. We see that there was some hostility between Olivia and the other girls, who often left her out of things. From reading up on other theories, there is a reason why they act like this towards her, however, that overlaps with other videos, which I do not have time to write about. In the coming weeks, I will publish ‘my’ entire theory of the LOONAverse and will most likely factor in this music video. It is a good video and I apologise if I got the member’s names wrong.

It is a very cute dance, which fits well with the song’s sound. I love the arrow hearts they shoot with and the kidney dance they do during the chorus. The dance break was also super cute, which I thought was the peak of the performance.

Can I just slide in here and say how insanely cute Olivia look when she isn’t serious or possessed looking?

Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 9.5/10
Performance – 9/10 [updated]
Overall Rating – 8.9/10 [updated]

 

[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 4

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video.

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer. Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the side tracks that were released alongside the main tracks for the final 6 members. I couldn’t find any music videos for these songs, so the reviews may appear shorter.


Love Letter (Jinsoul & Kim Lip)

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Jumping right at me for this song is how well the song flows. And with that, there was also a very delicate feel to the song. I liked how the vocals from the two members were brought out, highlighting their potential well. At first, I thought the song could have had a bolder drop into the chorus. However, what we got seemed to compliment their vocals quite well and I am satisfied with it. I particularly liked the twinkling sounds just before the chorus. On the other hand, I am not a major fan of the verses, which felt dull. And the poor English. But other than that, it was a decent song.


Puzzle (Jinsoul & Choerry)

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The song had an exotic vibe to it, which I thought was nice. Once again, the vocals do jump out at me. But rather their normal pitch vocals didn’t do much of the screaming. Instead, the falsetto which they sang the chorus with stood out really well. However, while I do praise their singing, I am a little conflicted how it went with the instrumental. The vocals built up and you can hear the contrast between the different sections. The instrumental fell flat when it should have carried the vocals further. The whispering raps were too soft for my liking, as they could easily be missed. But it did offer some more texture to the song.


D-1 (Yves)

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In contrast to her main track, new, D-1 manages to bring out the more delicate vocals that Yves didn’t really get to show. There is a mixture of singing and rap-speaking, which shows off some versatility. The song is honestly too dry for my taste. However, it did feel like something that Lim Kim or Jang Jane would release with their nasal vocals. I did like the harmonies with the background vocals and the indie-changeup during the bridge. I also liked her falestto note, which peaked the song nicely.


Girl’s Talk (Chuu & Yves)

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We start to enter some grey area with the next few songs. I personally thought the vocals for this track was too light and high-pitched, in comparison to the rest of the songs on this list. The song does have a pop-diva type sound (almost disco with a modern twist), which was one likeable element. I really liked Yves rapping. It was limited but sounds awesome. I felt like the song was missing a breakdown, which could have given the song some life and appeal. Maybe it is because I put a lot of emphasis on the vocals, that I don’t really feel like they appeal to me in this song.


See Saw (Go Won & Chuu ft. Kim Lip)

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Two things liked about this song: the opening vocals for all three members (Chuu was the best sounding overall in the entire song) and the drop into the chorus. The rest of the song just didn’t have enough for me to like. The chorus could have been more dynamic and filled more with content to become more catchy and appealing. Same could be said about the instrumental. I am not too sure why Kim Lip featured in the song, as she seemed to only get one line. Someone said that her line linked back to her song but I just don’t see the necessity to feature someone just for one line.


Rosy (Go Won & Olivia Hye ft. Heejin)

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The final song I will be reviewing for the entire LOOΠΔ predebut project is Rosy. And I am glad it ends on a good note. The song contains youthful vocals that do sound quite cute, something that we didn’t get to see in either of Go Won’s or Olivia’s main tracks. The harmonies were nice. The bridge was my favourite part as it sounded quite random and quirky. Likewise, the instrumental on the end gives it a lasting impression and it also adds to the quirky side of the song.


Click here for Part 1 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

Click here for Part 2 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

Click here for Part 3 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews


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[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 3

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video.

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer. Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the side tracks that were released alongside the main tracks for the first 6 members. I will be focusing on the song and music video standalone, as I am interested in doing another special post focusing on the connections between their music videos.


I’ll Be There – Heejin & Hyunjin

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Jumping right at you is the funky and groovy synthesizer-overloaded song. It just creates an uplifting atmosphere that you cannot really avoid. I think a good word to describe the song is ‘crunchy’, as that is what you get with the synths and overall beat. I also really enjoyed the “dum dum” that was present at the start and during the bridge, almost bringing an acapella effect to the song. The lines and vocals don’t really stand out but the instrumental does a good job covering up that aspect. For the music video, I liked the home video concept and the brightness of the video seems to match the song. Likewise, the choreography looked good.


The Carol – Heejin, Hyunjin & Haseul

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The Carol coincided with the Christmas season of 2017, so it makes sense for a Christmas styled song. Following I’ll Be There, the song does make you smile, which is definitely a great thing. However, I thought the song was relatively typical for a Christmas song. The vocals did stand out and I really liked the piano in the background of the instrumental. The video also focuses on the Christmas season, with good vibes coming from it. You can’t really go wrong in that department. There was no choreography for this song.


My Sunday – Heejin & Hyunjin

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While this is also another bright sounding song, they toned down the energy and atmosphere. Instead, it is a more acoustic sounding and quite different from any of their main tracks, so it was quite nice to hear it. I don’t remember what I expected at first but the chorus sounded quite different to what I thought it would sound like. Despite that, what we got flowed very nicely. The harmonies between the two members were nice and the bridge really gave the song that peak it needed. The video was quite nice, showing the pair throughout the beautiful sites of Taiwan/China. Once again, there was no choreography.


My Melody – Yeojin & Haseul

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Interestingly, My Melody is a similar song to My Sunday. The verses were quite similar (by ear), while the choruses felt quite different. This produced a completely different feel, leaning towards a soothing vibe, which I thought was equally as nice as My Sunday. The bridge did showcase some vocals but it sounded like they were pushing themselves. But it sounded quite nice overall. Like the previous video, it shows the pair hanging out on a nice day.


Everyday I Need You – ViVi ft. Jinsoul

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Following the same concept as before, the song is a much slower version of the ViVi’s main track, Everyday I Love You (ft. Haeseul). It is interesting because while the two songs are very similar, the difference in tempo offers a completely different feeling. The slower song does point out her weakness in the vocal department but it is a fair effort. Jinsoul’s rap did push the song along, which I felt was needed towards the end. The shots of the music video were much more graceful, fitting in with the slower speed of the song. It also felt like a lover filmed the entire video, with ViVi being the main focus. Jinsoul did ‘appear’ in the video, however as she was not unveiled yet, her face was not captured.


Twilight – Kim Lip

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Sadly, there is no music video for Twilight. Knowing how Kim Lip focused a lot on the performance side for her main track’s music video, I don’t know why I was caught off guard by the changeup. It started off as a ballad, with a nice piano instrumental layered on top of a heavy beat. Then it develops into a dance track. But it isn’t over the top. Rather it keeps in line with the verses but it isn’t a ballad-like sound anymore. The entire track does focus on her vocals as you can grasp a beautiful tone from the track. The song definitely becomes interesting with the chorus. And for that, it is probably my most favourite on this list.


Click here for Part 1 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

Click here for Part 2 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

Check back next week for the 4th (and final) part of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 2

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video.

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer. Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the main tracks from the final 6 members of LOOΠΔ. I will be focusing on the song and music video standalone, as I am interested in doing another special post focusing on the connections between their music videos.


Singing In The Rain – Jinsoul (June 2017)

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Jinsoul is the seventh member of the group. Currently, the song was one of my favourites. However, this wasn’t the case when it first came out. The EDM chorus (which was the song’s big moment) felt plain at first. However, now I think that is quite powerful piece of instrumental. I think the song should have featured a more defined drop because it caused the song to come off weak (hence my initial thoughts). It became quite catchy and enjoyable. I particularly liked the second half of the bridge and the pre-choruses, which did give some hype to the song. For the music video, it was rather aesthetic. I really liked the dominance of the blue colour throughout the video. As for the choreography, I thought it was extremely fitting for the song (really enjoyed the scenes where Jinsoul performed on water, that was quite cool).


Love Cherry Motion – Choerry (July 2017)

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The eighth member of the group is Choerry. The song was quite smooth, which complimented her vocal styles really nicely. The song flowed effortlessly between verses to chorus and vice versa. While I did appreciate the upbeat vibes of the song, I was a little disappointed with the chorus. I felt like it could have been a little bolder and interesting. I really liked the post-chorus instrumental break, which changes as you go along. It prevents the song from becoming too repetitive, which definitely made it a lot better. The music video has a nice mysterious concept which definitely makes you ask questions about its meaning. I really liked the emphasis on the purple. As for the choreography, I thought it was extremely fitting, with when the song changes up (post chorus), the choreography seems to divert in the same direction.


New – Yves (November 2017)

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Yves is the ninth member of the group. Her song has to be one of the best sounding songs, which also had one of the best buildups to the chorus that I have heard in a while. The thumping in the background for the verses was quite cool, in my opinion. The chorus was definitely my favourite part, with the deep voices in the background providing a unique form of instrumentation to the chorus. Her vocals were also really good in the song. While it is clear that the video has connections to the other LOOΠΔ videos, I have to say that when it is considered alone, it has this really pleasing aesthetic feel to it. The choreography also seems to be the best in the entire project with those choreography scenes definitely captivating me.


Heart Attack – Chuu (December 2017)

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Hands down, Heart Attack is the best song in the entire project for me. Throughout the entire song, I was blown away by the extremely strong vocals, with them being the main selling point of the song. The entire orchestral-liked instrumental manages to remain upbeat and energetic, which I also think made this track extremely memorable. Her raps were okay but they added an extra fun element to the song, which definitely added more to what was there. I love the chorus, which sounded catchy and incredibly cute. The music video was also quite cute but extremely creepy at the same time. Essentially, Chuu is stalking Yves throughout the entire video. And I am not too sure if Yves knows about it or not. I personally liked the video because it puts a twist on something that could be a little too creepy for some people, which makes it memorable. The choreography was also a weak point of the video but it doesn’t affect the song’s impact for me!


One & Only – Go Won (January 2018)

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Go Won (the eleventh member of the group) presents us with what I would consider being a weak song. The elements alone were nice but as a whole, the song lacked impact. The repetition of the ‘One & Only’ was intriguing. The instrumental was nice. The raps were good, while the vocals felt standard. Just when you put these together, it just didn’t work out to be that winning combination. The music video also seemed to play on from Chuu’s video, with Go Won being stalked by some members in the background. However, it is a lot more eerie and dark. The framing of the video was interesting and not seen so often. There wasn’t much choreography in the video to make a comment regarding it.


Egoist – Olivia Hye ft. Jinsoul (March 2018)

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Olivia Hye is the twelfth and final member to be revealed as part of LOOΠΔ. The song was amazing despite it misleading me into thinking it was just a standard dance track. Instead, the song leans towards the EDM spectrum, featuring awesome synths. I really liked the whistling effect and the instrumental breakdown featured throughout the song. The song did lack edginess but this was added through Jinsoul’s rap sequence (which I also quite liked). Olivia’s music video started off mysterious but took a turn to creepiness with the appearance of the red eyes. The choreography was pretty good just not that mindblowing as the song.


Click here for Part 1 of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

Check back next week for the 3rd part of the LOOΠΔ Solo Pre-debut reviews

 

[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 1

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video. 

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer.  Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the main tracks from the 6 members who were revealed first. I will be focusing on the song and music video standalone, as I am interested in doing another special post focusing on the connections between their music videos.


ViVid – Heejin (October 2016)

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Opening up the entire project is Heejin with ViVid. And I personally cannot think of any song that would have been able to leave such a strong impression on me. It is extremely catchy with its unique chorus and jazzy instrumental. The “Oh My God, Yes” just repeats in my head since I first heard it. The song was also spoken, which gave it character and uniqueness. I also really liked the music video. From the obviously high production value, bold colours and eye-catching choreography, what more can you ask for!


Around You – Hyunjin (November 2016)

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Hyunjin’s song is more soothing and less dramatic with its sound. Unfortunately, right off the bat, the song did fall on the dry end of the spectrum for me. She had nice vocals, which was nasally. The ballad-like song had a nice instrumental but it just felt like a let-down, especially after the eye-opening ViVid track. The music video opens up in the POV of a cat and the music is muffled here (to give the effect of listening to it via radio or CD). The audio kicks back into normal mid-way. Not exactly sure what happened in this music video with the many cat heads and the hairdresser guy. But I can say the hazy nature of the lighting did match the song’s style.


Let Me In – Haseul (December 2016)

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Following Hyunjin’s song is Haseul, who kicks the standard up back to the level set by Heejin. What we have is a tango and classical based song and a grand feel that you cannot avoid. This was particularly felt leading into the chorus and as a whole, producing an epic feeling.  It also compliments her very nice vocals. I really liked how she ended the song with a sort of whispering, which was also quite chilling. With regards to the music video, I absolutely love the scenery. Everything from the transition between the outfit she wore outside to the white outfit on the black background to the crashed plane, everything was purely breathtaking.


Kiss Later – Yeojin (January 2017)

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Yeonjin seems to be in charge of the innocence and cutesy side of the group. I love the retro and showtime vibes that the song is channelling. Her vocals don’t really seem to be her strongest point but they do contribute to the overall cutesy charm of the track. The speak-rap that was similar to Heejin’s but more traditional in nature. Overall, I thought it was rather catchy and had a cheerful tone. The music video was fitting for the song. It did creep over to the odd side of things, especially how she was crushing on the gigantic frogman. I particularly loved the ending scene, where they were going in for a kiss but Yeojin turns away and vomits out the rainbow soft serve. So cutesy and such a funny video.


Everyday I Love You (ft. Haseul) – ViVi (April 2017)

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ViVi’s song starts off as a ballad like (with echoey vocals) and surprisingly develops into a pop dance track. It was a decent song. The pleasant-sounding chorus works really well ViVi’s vocals and becomes the main attraction with its more upbeat melody. The verses could have been more interesting. I feel like the rapping was good, preventing the song from becoming too repetitive and literally saved the song from feeling too ’empty’. The music video was also quite nice, set in a retro rollerskate park. There were some scenes (like when Haseul and the other members were featured) that reminded me of the style of the 90s KPOP music videos. The choreography was also quite nice to watch.


Eclipse – Kim Lip (May 2017)

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Kim Lip leaves a very large impression on you with her unique vocals. With the music, Eclipse is a very aesthetically pleasing R&B styled song. While the verses did seem plain, the chorus had an amazing melody. I really enjoyed the way she sang the word “Eclipse”. I also thought the bridge was really well done, showcasing the best moments of both her vocals and the instrumental of the song. The music video was extremely artsy, with the bold red colour being very eerie, but at the same time, very aesthetic. There were two sections of the video which I liked, including the transition at 1:16-1:17 and the change in colours at 1:08-1:09. The choreography was nice. It was sexy yet elegant at the same time.


Check back in next week for the 2nd part of the LOOΠΔ reviews!

[Double Review] Love & Live + Sonatine – LOOΠΔ 1/3

I am back with the second LOOΠΔ subunit double review. Technically, this is the first subunit unveiled, back in March and is made up of 4 members (HaSeul, ViVi, Heejin and Hyunjin. Their first song, Love & Live was released on 13th of March, while Sonatine was released as their repackaged single on the 27th of April.

Love & Live

While I want to say nice things about the song, I find is incredibly hard. The song was quite boring overall. I wish it was a little more poppy (despite the nice bubblegum pop vibes), which would make it more memorable and catchy. The song does seem to pick up around the chorus, it just isn’t enough to give the song some character.

But I did like the music video Love & Live. It is about a cyborg or humanoid designed to win races. But clearly, since she is a robot, there are many things that makes her envious of her team mates. The video depicts the cyborg as a perfect being but in reality she is bound to a battery pack. Clearly, at the end, she attempts to break away from the battery pack in an attempt to fit in. The concept was interesting and the background shots were nice (for the choreography scenes).

The accompanying choreography looked graceful. It just didn’t hit that memorable mark. I did, like however, the incorporation of the starting position of a track race.

Song – 5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 6.5/10


Sonatine

The orchestral instrumental that basically stands out from the crowd is a great backbone for the track. It gives the song that really nice touch and makes it sound so unique. There was a nice Latin flare mid-way through the song. The vocals worked well with the song but they felt constricted somewhat due to the instrumentation. There really isn’t a catchy moment to look out for but I like this song far better than the previous.

The contrast between the colours in the previous video and the darkness in this video was quite nice. The difference between day and night made this entire debut a little more interesting, especially since the backgrounds for the choreography shots for this video were similar. The camera angles and different shots throughout the video looked cool.

Once again, the choreography was graceful like the music. It goes well with the song but it just doesn’t have that memorable factor (once again).

Song – 8/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 6.5/10
Overall Rating – 7.5/10