“So long, and good night.”

“Helena” by My Chemical Romance | I haven’t been here in a while. And, to be honest, I’ve only come back to say goodbye – I’m a part of this blog, after all. The stuff I listen to are, arguably, polarizing. There are days when I can only tolerate Mozart sonatas, days when I listen to GFriend on repeat, and days when my tweet playlist reigns supreme. I like them all, and I wrote about them. I haven’t written anything in a long time, and although I feel a tinge of regret (or perhaps even guilt), I still don’t feel like doing it. But who knows, right? After all, I find myself going back to the things I got bored with after liking it for so long, like this final song here. I lived for My Chemical Romance, but five years later I dropped them. Five more years later I found myself adding them to my Spotify playlist. Same happened with my K-pop playlist. Things happen in cycles, after all. Maybe in seven years Niko will start blogging about music again. And I might be writing again by then, too. Who knows, right? For now, so long. [SY]

“I just want to disappear.”

“Summer Depression” by girl in red | It’s three in the morning and I surprisingly find myself fixing my Spotify playlist called “Saturday”. It’s indie folk-ish, familiar; it’s quiet, but not really. Most importantly, they’re songs that I like. Somehow I landed on girl in red’s profile, tapped on a few songs, yada yada. “Summer Depression”, I guess, strives to be deep-deep by having only a handful of lyrics paired with a steady rhythmic bass (something I’m really really into). I just wish it had more to say though. [SY]

“난 하고 싶은 말들이 참 많았었는데.”

“The Blue Bird” by April | I was enjoying every second of this song. The outfits are bomb (Lovelyz, anyone?), their vocals are on point, and Jinsol seems to have grown up a bit. I grew fond of her after watching Girl Spirit, thought I wouldn’t really call myself a “stan”. I don’t know much about the rest of the group, but they’ve been releasing “steady” tracks lately. I was enjoying every minute of this song, feeling the strings building up to create a bang at the end. And they almost did. A couple of seconds after the last note, Rachel whispered “할 말이 있어요”. And that’s what killed it for me; they didn’t need that line! It could’ve ended nicely. Just like this song review – I could’ve ended this nicely, but I didn’t. [SY]

Swap week three, day five: Niko takes on Lips

Swap Week“1993” by Lips | It’s a stretch to call this one of Shalla’s teenage favorites. When we looked this song up, she pretty much cringed. She thought she heard a remix, but no, this is one of those Eurodance songs that sound really dinky, yet take a life of its own for some reason – and then disappear without a trace. I don’t know who Lips are. A perfunctory (sleepy) search turns up nothing. And I don’t even have memories of this song, so I have little to no idea where to start. So this is… well… it is a song named after Shalla’s birth year. Maybe that’s it? I can’t shake off the image of her cringing, though. [NB]

Swap week three, day four: Niko takes on the Pussycat Dolls

Swap Week“Stickwitu” by the Pussycat Dolls | I know I talked about the worst of American pop yesterday, but while this song has the same parameters, it might as well be an exception. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because this was around when I still listened to local pop radio. Maybe it’s because it’s not overbearing. (Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”, however – that was on the sidebar. That was overbearing. Or overexposed.) I never even had a crush on Nicole Scherzinger. Had no reason to follow the girls. So, I guess, I can say it’s all on a case-by-case basis. I mean, I liked “Buttons” and I liked “Don’t Cha”. Or maybe it’s the rose-tinted glasses. I don’t know. I’m sorry. I can’t quite think straight as I write this.