Throwback Thursday: Shooting for the Stars
Since the beginning of time, space has been used as a metaphor in all forms of art including paintings, poetry, classical music, and—you guessed it—even K-Pop! From steamy love songs to soft ballads, below are some star-infused tracks to satisfy any moonchild.
“Galaxy” - LADIES’ CODE
Featuring soft vocals and a slow beat, LADIES’ CODE’s “Galaxy” is a sophisticated R&B song that uses space metaphors to liken the pull of one’s lover to the universe. Not only does the group’s use of space themes give the song an erotic tone, but the syncopated rhythms toward the end of the song are very interesting from a technical standpoint and something not often found in modern K-Pop.
“Little Star” - Standing EGG
Perhaps the sweetest song ever written, this 2011 indie hit by Standing EGG sounds exactly how a calm night under a starry sky should. For anyone who has felt strong affection for another person—whether it be a lover, friend, family member, or maybe even your K-Pop bias—“Little Star” is the perfect acoustic track to sum up selfless love.
“Full Moon” - Sunmi feat. Lena
In 2014, Sunmi released her debut solo mini-album Full Moon featuring a subtly sexy title track by the same name. “Full Moon” has a relaxed beat that lets the muted electric guitar do most of the talking as Sunmi sings of wanting her lover to come to her during the full moon. On top of bringing the songstress numerous accolades such as peaking at number 3 on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart, the music video for “Full Moon” also stars Sunmi as a vampire seductress.
“Across the universe” - Baek Yerin
Baek Yerin gave listeners an R&B-jazz fusion in 2015’s “Across the universe.” In this soulful tune, Yerin calls out to her lover to close the distance—the universe—between them. While the song is already relaxing between its simple instrumentation and Yerin’s stirring vocals, the music video is even more comforting in its solitude.