“조금만 기다리면 알게 될 거야.”

“비밀정원” by Oh My Girl | We’re still in a bit of GFriend hangover, so forgive me for posting another K-pop track. In the lead-up to last Sunday I rediscovered this, the latest single from Oh My Girl – at least before their comeback in a couple of weeks – and was able to articulate something in this song that I couldn’t before: this song gives me the chills. I’ll even say this song, alongside GFriend’s “Time for the Moon Night”, bring me closer to “close to tears” than other songs, at least those released this year. Asian pop acts can really do dreamy and elegiac, yes? Or I’ve been exposed to it a lot these past few years? This one sails, and just when you think it should be over – because it’s hit the three-minute mark and Korean pop songs don’t get longer than that – it swells, and then you see Arin sing the penultimate line, and something in you snaps. Oh My Girl isn’t a stranger to this sound – 2015’s “Closer” is one of Shalla’s favorites, I think – but, for some reason, this took things further. And then they sang about monkeys allergic to bananas[NB]

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