One of the things I look forward to every year is Halloween in Kpop land. And while sometimes the costumes are a bit half-assed and I’m always confused why painting a wound on your face constitutes scary (though I guess if your face is part of your money-making scheme, it would be scary), I ADORE the Halloween stages. I love them when they’re covers, I love them when they’re new releases with slightly different styling, I love them in practice rooms, I love them as MVs, and I love them on big shows. I love them. I’ve been devouring all of the different iterations and offerings over the last couple of weeks, and frankly, I’m shocked I didn’t do one or more of them for Monday. Shame on me.
To make up for it, I’m going to share two more nugus we’re all currently falling in love with and link to the spooky version of their debut songs. Not a throwback, but we’ll all suffer through.
First up we have P1Harmony with their song Siren. P1H is a six-member group on FNC – baby brothers to SF9 – and unlike many of the rookies that have come out in the last several weeks, they don’t have a storied history of trainee survival programs, child actors, or known models. What they do have is a hip hop influenced, harder sound, and obvious talent. And visual. Very good visuals.
Ok, this one is not strictly Halloween, but it came out during the right season and the suits in this version could be a costume if they tarted up the makeup or did masks or something. Drippin, formerly the Woollim Rookies and W Project 4, are the newest group to debut on Woollim Entertainment. In a familiar story, 6 of the 7 members took part in Produce X 101. Though interestingly, not all of the members repped Woollim on the show…at least one signed on after participating as an independent trainee looking for a company. Cool, right?
Drippin debuted with the mini-album Boyager and the title track Nostalgia. They’re sound is very distinctly similar to their senior groups Golden Child and Infinite – showing a lot more variation in the tracks than some of the other rookie groups this year. Their styling and choreo are, again, very on the nose Woollim, but I can’t complain, it’s a look and feel I quite enjoy – obviously. Solid, romantic, classy pop. Shiver.