17 Carat K-Pop

Hope Jacobson
To complement the podcast, this newsletter will feature commentary on the latest K-pop/C-pop/J-pop news, album reviews, interview excerpts, and much more!
Created 28 Aug 2021
  • The Best New K-Pop and J-Pop: November 2021
    02 Dec 2021 • 13 min read
    #20: Yaffle, Reconnect / Grown These two songs, released to promote Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, are fittingly celebratory and surprisingly catchy. “Reconnect” features a frankly bizarre mix of sounds,...
  • The Changing Lenses in SEVENTEEN’s Music Videos
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    SEVENTEEN keep their music videos fresh by literally seeing things from new angles time and time again. They alter the perspective of the cameraperson, add 3-D graphics on the screen, and tend to a mu...
  • A Guide to SEVENTEEN’s Music Video Settings and Key Props
    23 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    SEVENTEEN maximize the storytelling potential in each of their music videos by repeating the use of symbolic objects and by making the physical layouts of their videos a part of the story. Below are j...
  • A Guide to SEVENTEEN’s Choreography
    22 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Era after era, SEVENTEEN’s music explores what it means to trust and depend on others, while simultaneously gaining confidence in oneself. Their songs balance messages of loneliness with togetherness,...
  • LEE JIN HYUK on His Witty New Album and Future Plans
    14 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    For those who have not listened to Ctrl+V yet, how would you describe it to them to convince them to go listen to it? [Ctrl+V]를 아직 듣지 않은 분들이라면, Ctrl+V를 들으러 가도록 설득하기 위해 어떻게 설명하시겠습니까? LEE JIN HYUK: Let'...
  • October 2021 Episode Guide
    05 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    On 17 Carat K-Pop Almond (RM’s Recs, Ep. 3): Gon has a tremendous amount of animosity towards Yunjae. First of all, Yunjae essentially takes Gon’s place during a family tragedy, adding even more strai...
  • The Best Korean and Japanese Releases of October 2021
    02 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 0 4
    #20: bugAboo, bugAboo This song makes for a strong debut. It grabs attention instantly with the sounds of the Wild Wild West, and it holds that attention as it switches to a thrumming bass. The focus ...
  • NCT 127 Prove Why They’re Your “Favorite”
    26 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    As excellent as STICKER is, Favorite makes the album even more enjoyable. With three new tracks, a new music video, and a string of individual mini-movies that K-drama fans will adore, this album repa...
  • Attacca Album Review: SEVENTEEN at Their Best
    23 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    A Track-By-Track Guide to Attacca and Its Highlight Medley The highlight medley for Attacca reinforces both the messages of its songs and the messages SEVENTEEN have been sending throughout their disc...
  • A Lyrical Exploration of SEVENTEEN’s Storytelling
    23 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    As I touched on in a previous essay, language can feel incredibly limiting. Trying to articulate the true breadth and depth of any human emotion is a monumental task, and language on its own often fee...
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