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B2ST “Shadow” – Kpop Music Mondays

August 6, 2013

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BATOOST IS BACK! If you haven’t seen their video for Shadow yet, check it out here so you can know what we’re talking about:

Now, I could be wrong, but does it seem like Batoost is giving up all of its branding as B2ST? Here’s what it says on their video page on YouTube:

Batoost no longer batoost?

I don’t see any mention of “B2ST” anywhere on the page. Guise? Wh…what’s happening here? Guise? Well, in case you’re ever unsure about how to pronounce their name, you can always check it via the Shirt I was wearing today, or you can check the official website on How to Pronounce B2ST. And, in case you’re wondering, no, that joke will never die. Not for us. Not for us…

As for the video itself, I’m going to start this off by saying we both really like this song and video, however, it felt a little bit lacking, and we don’t quite know why. The song itself was actually very pretty and vocally very nicely arranged, with the layering of vocals and harmonies and all, but it feel likes it’s missing either a build up or a crescendo. It kind of felt like it just stayed the same the whole song. We had a similar complaint with Lee Hi’s “Rose” and even through we totally loved that song we were waiting for something to change. It doesn’t have to change in a drastic, here’s-a-totally-different-song-withing-this-song kind of way that Kpop sometimes falls prey to, but it felt like the song needed to grow a bit more, you know?

We were happy, though, that the video for “Shadow” wasn’t shot in a boring box. It had great use of lighting. We loved the dancing ballerina girl and the creepy shadow dancing guy, and the colours matched the title of the song. But the ending with them dancing outdoors in the Kpopcalypse was kind of a weird change. They just went from the indoor misty murkiness to a broken city with a random Mr.Brohoho giant hand statue. I don’t know how to explain it. It wasn’t a bad song or video, but something about it left us unsatisfied. Anyone else feel the same way? Care to help us understand our feels?

We did feel like it really reminded us of Jaejoong’s “Mine,” and I’m sure some of you thought it, too. Which one did you like more, though?

Side note: I’m totally loving having the polls here instead of on Facebook. It’s got pretty animations and everything, and – if last week’s poll is any indicator of things to come – more people vote here than on Facebook. You Eatyourkimchi Nasties are the best!

Anyhow, if you’re liking the song as much as we are, download it via iTunes or get the real deal CD via YesAsia. Or, if you’d rather do neither, but still feel inclined to click on a button, you should click on this one below, which is amazing!

And, lastly, our bloopers for this week are pretty lame. We were super efficient this week, for some reason, and barely made any mistakes, apart from Martina’s horrendous math. Whoa Martina: can’t no one help you with that one there :D

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