September 26, 2022

Welcome to Fan Chant, a weekly column for Ok-pop followers, stans, and newbies alike. Every week, I’ll be rolling out interviews, lists, and all types of content material to maintain you within the loop on the newest and biggest from our buddies in Seoul and past. Additionally, be sure to subscribe to my companion publication!

It feels unusual to say that there’s ever a “mild week” as somebody on the Ok-pop beat, however this previous week was possibly as shut as we’re going to get for some time. Per week with none large new releases meant I had some area to dig into some latest albums that I hadn’t spent devoted time with simply but — it’s absurd how good this NewJeans debut EP is! I lastly had a second to enterprise past “Consideration” and discovered that each monitor on the mini-album is, in reality, a gem.

Equally, this week gave me room to take a pay attention by means of TWICE‘s newest, BETWEEN 1&2. My conclusion? These TWICE girlies know easy methods to make a bop.

I’d name myself a lightweight fan of the nine-member JYP act — an off-the-cuff listener, if you’ll, although we’ll see how lengthy that lasts with my monitor report. I’ve an unlimited mushy spot for “The Feels,” their first English-language monitor, which makes me really feel like I may do a double-back handspring even thought I’ve by no means been ready to take action a day in my life earlier than. I keep in mind being actually impressed by the choreo for “I CAN’T STOP ME,” and their latest trek by means of America appeared like a blast.

I’ve began to get the sense that one thing further particular about TWICE is the camaraderie and real friendship between members, which is commonly the issue that places me over the sting with regards to moving into Ok-pop teams. Any footage I’ve seen round this comeback has proven the members seeming to genuinely be having fun with their time collectively, whether or not it’s in getting ready for music present performances or one thing as foolish as filming a TikTok.

“Speak that Speak” is ridiculously enjoyable, and these girlies make their very exact and complicated choreography look straightforward. “Fundamentals” appears to be the standout b-side of selection from BETWEEN 1&2, and I can’t assist however agree.

General, TWICE seize one factor I like about pop music, no matter nation of origin, which is unabashed pleasure. They’ve a trademark brightness about them and lean into the hyperpop/woman crush power with ease. They’re speaking the discuss, they’re strolling the stroll, and, as their assured contract renewal this 12 months as a nine-piece act signifies, they appear to be having fun with doing so all collectively as a staff.

We are able to’t wait to see what they’ll do subsequent — however, in the event you haven’t already, spend a while with BETWEEN 1&2 within the meantime.

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