Best songs of 2017: Part 4

Hello friends!

With a little delay caused by technical problems, I came through this deliver the fourth part of this list. And I’ll stop right here and get to the point!

40 – CLC – Meow Meow

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Album: Crystyle

At the beginning of the year, CLC made one of the most surprising comebacks of 2017, with a full revamp on the group’s image and a mini album worth of mention. The single “Hobgoblin” it’s what best incorporates the new concept e certainly was the most suitable choice for single. But inside “Crystyle” some songs were superior to it, including the spot-on tropical house of Meow Meow. The song is tropical without the over the top myriad of EDM in the style. It’s a youthful, easy-going and interesting concept that the group tried with the comeback and throughout their album (also listen to “Liar” and “I Mean That“), they achieved.

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39 – Twice – Likey

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Album: twicetagram

Likey it’s not only the most well-rounded single from Twice (not meaning the best) but also the most organic. The verses are chilled and unpretentious but keep forming this energy around the track that culminate in a simply captivating chorus. Very simple but warm and organic, like I said before. The turns that the song take at the second chorus, as the bridge and the rapping parts, are all charming and balanced. The sonority of it has this ‘sad happiness’ intonation that gives it a relatable shine, something rare to happen on bubblegum pop.

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38 – Taemin – Move

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Album: MOVE

When I commented Move on my ‘October Faves’ post, I spoke about what grabbed my attention in this track: the very own Taemin. I don’t have much memory but the little I hold, when I think of a South Korean soloist that surprises me, is consistent and I want to see more of it in the future, I think of him. With only three releases he grabbed this spot. He goes for building a brand and that is obvious. He invests on the dance, his strong point and promotional single choices that correspond his artistic demands. His moves are exquisite, his body language memorable and his song purposeful. Move holds Taemin artistry in each drop, each risen synth, each drum beat.

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37 – Suzy – Yes No Maybe

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Album: Yes? No?

To take Suzy out of her varnished image and show a artist, a performer, never looking this beautiful, was by far JYP’s best decision in a long time. Yes No Maybe for itself is great. It’s beats are sensual, melancholic and yet colorful. Suzy’s interpretation goes beyond average even being a regular one. Is this understandable? Probably not. But maybe it means to turn something average on something beautiful and memorable. Maybe I was expecting something like “Dream” and instead I was gifted with this. But maybe it is what I consider one of the most beautiful MV’s of the year, inspired by the urban melancholy of Wong Kar Wai’s films, which I’m an immense fan. Either way, everything sums up. To mix the actress Suzy with the singer Suzy was her best concept, not only vocally or visually but in narrative as well.

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36 – Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo

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Album: Perfect Velvet

My creepy girls. Red Velvet is with no doubt one of my favorite groups in music, from all corners of the world. I find their timid charisma enchanting and they always surprise me. Peek-A-Boo, at the first listening, wasn’t my favorite track from the consistent “Perfect Velvet” and maybe still isn’t. But with time, it kept growing on me and my convictions that the single is their most commercial one so far, highlighting their creepy appeal in a more accessible way, earned it’s spot in here. The tropical beats merge with the b-side teen horror movie concept, that for some reason I wasn’t expecting of them, to create the nice youthful creepy aura that made me fall in love in “Dumb Dumb”.

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35 – Sonamoo – I (Knew It)

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Album: Happy Box part. 2

In the first chords, we can already feel the dramatic mood of I, which is extended to each sound and each vocal interpretation of the members. The elements are added one by one, percussion, guitars, synths, until the explosion of the chorus, mixing Salsa sounds and spanish guitars, making it all so memorable, something absolutely wonderful for the group. The rap arrives well, the pre-chorus arrives well, the beats and everything ends up complementing each other. But nothing prepared me for the horns firing in the last chorus, getting louder and more intense in the instrumental, sealing all the power for this track.

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34 – Seohyun – Moonlight

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Album: Don’t Say No

Back in January, Seohyun had her solo debut, one that was very well-rounded, from the single. Of course, specially for it’s month of release, it ended up being kinda forgotten by the general public, but not with me. And Moonlight it’s the b-side that carries my hype over it. It’s a throwback R&B jam that sounds like it came straight from the classics of the 90’s. No innovative arrangements, rich in reproducing the magic of the genre.

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33 – Hyukoh – 2002WorldCup

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Album: 23

This year, the band released the grateful “23”. I only got acquaintance with the band last year, in particular the vocalist Oh Hyuk, through the album he recorded together with the producer Primary “Lucky You!”, that after became one of my favorite korean albums of all time. So I went to “23” with high expectations and didn’t left out disappointed. It’s a delicious rock album that follows the always in progress sonority of the group and their multiple facets, like 2002WorldCup. The song is light and refreshing. Oh Hyuk’s voice is a bless to my ears. The name suggests this nostalgic, collective memory compass that makes this song so good.

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32 – IU – Love Alone

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Album: Palette

IU provoke in me some different feelings this year and the first showing up on this list is heartbreak. Oh, how I love this song. IU has already proven herself as dedicated performer multiple times on her hidden treasures but the bond she made now, with this emotional cutting track, the kind that makes you sadly smile, the melancholic type. Love Alone is beautiful, just her and the guitar and I can’t express enough how I love to see these raw moments in k-pop that doesn’t yield to easy mannerisms, only delivering heart.

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31 – Sonamoo – Friday Night

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Album: Happy Box Part. 1

The short distance between the two singles of the group on the list is given by details that can be briefly resumed in one word: surprise. Sonamoo came from a line of singles that did not work at all with me to a dancing mid-tempo that has disco, has sax, has color and life. The music is entirely well built creating the expected mood of a friday night. It’s the kind of ‘consistent and yet goes out of the current trends’ song that groups usually relegate to a b-side but that, fortunately, was not the case. The MV does not have anything special and to be honest, it does not bother me. I love watching them do exactly what I want to do when Friday Night begins to play: shake my booty in the bright lights.

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