January 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and a new era for K-pop. With a few soft, wistful ballads remaining yet nothing too exciting to anticipate, January was a slower month for interesting releases. However, with some heavy digging, KS Press brings to you some of the most intriguing releases of the month.
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Starting the new decade with a bang, ATEEZ came back with their new mini-album Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer. From this album, “Horizon” particularly stands out from the crowd for its unusual sound and distinct tone. With a distorted, repeating vocal sample in the background and hard-hitting chorus that drives the song, “Horizon” perfectly captures ATEEZ’s unique, raw sound which has caused them to grow in popularity so quickly. A particularly interesting addition is the enhanced synth to the chorus during the climax of the song as it reaches an impactful conclusion.
ATEEZ always has at least one song on their albums worthy of fulfilling the position of title track: “Horizon” was this one. The song’s dance theme is recurrent yet it hits differently each time, leaving the listener craving for more. —Tato
Winter Flower (Younha feat. RM)
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Dabbling in bright, compelling EDM with a certain sense of security and reassurance, Younha’s “Winter Flower” brings comfort in bleak periods. Off her Unstable Mindset EP, the track is an absolute emotional banger with emergent kickdrums and Younha’s explosive voice soaring high on top of a motivational instrumental. The chords are right within Younha’s wheelhouse, but her artistry has never been bolder.
The rightful successor to her 2017 masterpiece “RescuE,” “Winter Flower” features RM’s magnetic voice chanting words of solace. The track is rightfully named “Winter Flower,” as it is an artistic bloom for Younha along with hinting at a resilient flower that blooms in the harshest conditions. —Mortie
All for You (Sechskies)
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This marks not only the first Sechskies comeback since 2017 but also as the first one as a four-member group. “All for You” is the title song of their first mini-album All For You and follows the softer side of the first-generation K-pop group.
This song is about someone who tries their all for their special someone despite making mistakes and not being perfect. Saying how they wish their lover would say yes and that they would do everything for them. It definitely is a song that can live up to Sechskies classics like Couple and Hunch. — Jen
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