Henry: Whoa-oh this is kinda out Emiel: Yes, yeah
Henry: Yeah, this is awesome actually Emiel: This is what I've been waiting for
Henry: YEAH!! Umu: Okay
Lindsey: Are you, are you full?
Fiona: I'm full Fiona: I need to poop Umu: So Lee Jin Ah is a jazz kind of R&B pop soloist Umu: So she was actually signed to a record label and already produced a full album around the age of 23 But the release didn't go too well. Her label told her to go audition for a competition called Kpop Star We've seen a few other groups who have gone through that. Naoki: And she became famous through that?
Umu: yes Umu: So we'll be reacting to her very first song she released under Antenna Music called "I'm full" which is a title track for her 2016 mini album called Appetizer, which is really Fiona: AWWW!
Lindsey: That's so cute! That was her mini album right, while her full album that she released afterwards is called Main Dish Fiona: -SQUEALS- Umu: So this song was fully written, composed, and arranged by her and she's the pianist in the track. The CEO of her company says that her imagination and voice are like those of a little girl Which is why the melody she makes are kind of like children's songs, but underneath that the way her hands move on the piano is unbelievable. He says I defy you to find any artist who can play and sing like that once. Khanh: Alright 5 4 3 2 1
Kevin: I'm hungry! Fiona: OoOOo I want some of that cake. I want some of that cake in that cake, you know that cake..there's a boy Lindsey: Uh huh, I-I got it Lindsey: Wait whoa, was that her saying 1 2 3? Fiona: Ooh! Katie: Ooh Jarod: Very bluesy Henry: I already like the way the drums are recorded actually Khanh: Little organ Kevin: What a voice
Khanh: Yeah Emiel: Wow, the voice I definitely get why it's a little bit tinny. Her piano playing, it's good I dig it Katie: How old is she? Umu: 25 in this. It's her real voice. Katie: I had a lower voice than her when I was like six Fiona: I like that low piano bass Linsey: It's good contrast to her voice
Fiona: AWW Jarod: It's like a total curve ball because it's like a sound like you-you just don't hear Stephen: I'm digging this harmony, it's like a mixture of like gospel kind-of Henry: I almost always hate the cutesy voice because it just makes me cringe This is the first exception. Hugo: Like the brass
Gwen: I like everything about this one except for her voice Kevin: Yeah, oh man, yeah she's not always.. like really casual jazzness of it Khanh: Yeah contemporary kinda, just a lot of 9ths and 13ths Jarod: Her voice just floats over everything, you know like you have this huge big band bluesy sound But like you know often times with the Korean R&B it can kinda be a little bit Everything is built, built, and built where she's just like floating~ -shOOk- Kevin: What is..
Khanh: Not bad solo Kevin: No, not bad at all Naoki: That wasn't bad. Would have liked it a bit more articulate, a little bit more space in between the notes Stephen: I mean, I just like the fact that she's like
Naoki: she's riffing Naoki: I mean, she can improvise so much better than me Charlotte: PONY! OMG so many animals! Peyton and Charlotte: OOOOOOH ASDFGHj Khanh: I've heard this, you know these kinds of jazz backgrounds, these instrumentals, but her voice Kevin: Exactly, her voice and the music video Khanh: It's just so, not what you're expecting. I'm not saying it's bad
Kevin: No it's not bad Peyton: It's yeah, it's like right down the middle between R&B and jazz Fiona: Her voice is so smooth~ Fiona: Saxophone~ Henry: Yeah, okay, all right. Yeah, you really you totally took a chance with us on this one and it paid off very much Umu: So what do you think about that song overall musically? Naoki: One of the most interesting musically songs that we've listened to today I think Stephen: It was great. I mean like it was definitely not your traditional Kpop song, not with just like the gospel influenced harmony yeah I'm like jazz influence harmonies and like her soul which had like a lot of Blues like Material and stuff like that even though the tenor sax was like totally like a blues lick that he did But I loved the groove It was like not straight the sixteenth notes were swung in like the rhythm section in the drummer And it was just like a really nice fat two and four backbeat, so it's like really really Naoki: What is a fat two and four backbeat mean? Stephen: Sure, well what it means is they're really emphasizing Not just accenting to inform but also like how they're subdividing that beat because instead of feeling like with a lot of k-pop songs where it's just like eighth notes for example or just like a quarter note if They're feeling the sixteenth note gives more weight to that quarter note Okay, so where if it's slower kind of like this song You really feel where the downbeat is and it's really, really cool from a drummer's perspective Gwen: Everything having to do with the singing and the words made me uncomfortable. Hugo: Yeah, that's kind of uncomfy
Gwen: Everything else I loved, which is a weird combo Hugo: Like the instrumentation was dope, it was awesome Gwen: And knowing what you said about that she did the entire thing she played the piano she like transcribed it, arranged it, like I don't feel as bad saying that I didn't like her voice because there was so much of it that I did like. Henry: Yeah, that was great! I like, grooved. I thought her piano playing was awesome like you never really see, I mean you know there are strong instrumentalists as well as vocalists in this field but like maybe this was one of the strongest instrumentalists that we've seen Katie: I don't know. I really like the song. I don't know if I liked her voice with it I think she had a really cool voice and Like in a different style. I think it would work really well But I don't know how I felt about this. I just couldn't get like Whitney Houston or like Beyoncé's voice out of my head and like I really wanted to hear something like a little more traditionally like R&B with this or Yeah, I don't know but I mean it was still a really cool song and I mean she did a great job Lindsey: I don't really have any complaints.
Fiona: I enjoyed the BA BA BA bu ba buh badADAbadADA (lol how to cc this) Umu: Yeah, so the bass line
Fiona: Base line and the piano, it was nice Lindsey: She's clearly very talented.
Fiona: Yeah her voice it like it sounded really good with all the instruments Lindsey: I think it needed a little bit more like resonance, kind of Lindsey: I think her voice was kind of thin-sounding because the texture of the background with all of the different instruments was so thick like there was so much-
Fiona: I beg to differ, I think it's like a clarinet in the orchestra It's just like it's there it like it shines through all everything going on Fiona: It's not like an oboe but it's like clarinet Lindsey: It's good that it's not like an oboe Fiona: -whispers- I like oboe more than clarinet
Umu: -whispers- same Fiona: It's like the horn of the woodwinds Khanh: So what that whole experience reminded me of…you go to like a fancy restaurant, alright Kevin: Oh, man I'm getting flashbacks Khanh: And you're sat down. You know it's really nice ambience and stuff like that and then the waiter brings you out like some Mott's apple sauce Khanh: And you're like what the f*ck, but I'll just try it anyway you try and it's really good but it still doesn't change the fact that you're eating applesauce at this really fancy restaurant like you're enjoying the whole experience but it's like you know it's kind of unexpected. It's really enjoyable But I felt like the whole time, I was like you know I'm so used to hearing something and you know from the music from this idiom I'm so used to hearing a much more mature vocal sound out of it, but you know it's not bad. I like it. Umu: Now we'll be reacting to "Random", the title song for Main Dish 2017 album This was composed and arranged by her and a Swedish music producer, pianist, mixing mastering engineer for dirty Loops named Simon Petrén-
Stephen: Oh My- Do you know who the Dirty Loops band is? Oh my goodness? Emiel: *dinosaur roar* (slo-mo) Henry: Dirty Loops Umu: so during her showcase to promote this song She said 'I wrote 'random' to take away Preconceptions because the title was random and just like the title the song's genre has many different ones in it.' I'm not going to spoil which genre she uses-
Charlotte: so we're gonna be thrown for a loop here. Umu: Yes exactly Peyton: Well we can play genre charades Charlotte: -mystery noise- Peyton: you wanna? Charlotte: No, you're better at it Peyton: How're you gonna get better at it? Charlotte: Uh, I just let you do it Peyton: cmon what kinda way is that to live? Charlotte: -clears throat- Peyton: FINE
(lol) Fiona: It's like I'm at a creepy carnival, but like acapella edition. Khanh: Oh, yeah, I like that slide Khanh: See this feels like it fits a lot better well then again, I'm hearing her voice Right away instead of after an introduction.
Kevin: Yeah, well. It's a music box sound so we're just… Kevin: Woh! Khanh: Yeeeeeah! Henry: Whoa, oh this is a cutout Emiel: Yes Emiel: Yeah, yeah Henry: this is awesome, actually! Emiel: this is what I've been waiting for Henry: YEAH-HAHAHA! Charlotte: You like can still hear her waltz sound from the beginning though, nice! Peyton: wow, that's brilliant! Charlotte: Sorry Stephen: That was really nice Went from like regular, to double time Peyton: Little Phil, it's so like it's like almost like not like you saw what it's like modern jazz. It's actually pretty hip. Henry: Very good drumming Also that's definitely composed it sounds very random, but it's almost certainly composed Naoki: It doesn't really sound like it fits in with the rest of the music notes. It's so SO different and then it just stops, and then she starts again Stephen: maybe that's the point if it's supposed to be random Naoki: Yeah, I guess oh well. It came in there.
Stephen:Yeah, so Stephen: So maybe they're trying to like insert more for like continuities' sake
Naoki: got some motifs yeah yeah motific Naoki: Just like died down, it's gonna pick up probably Jarod: See I feel like, you know, I see what they're doing, but like I Feel she needs to do something with a different voice Katie: Yeah
Jarod: because it sounds like the backgrounds are different, in a different style right now. It sounds like much she herself is doing anything, like, y'know, extremely out of the zone Henry: Wow all of these choices about this I feel like are spot-on…Last interlude! Hugo: Sounds like my first station oral 3 composition…back to the waltz Fiona: Rockapella animal
Lindsey: chimes Fiona: I Love this chorus Lindsey: No, same.
Lindsey: I like this one a lot better Fiona: this part. F: There's that part where she gets her voice goes up really high and it sounds so effortless F: THIS
L: Yeah Hugo: I like it when it goes up to that high note Hugo: she just pops up there and pops back down Khanh: Dewnew-just a high Hammond. Oh, yeah Hmm that was a tasty blues lick Still has that kind of like high school Kevin: Teedoro x3 Khanh: On the high Hammoned -singing along- Charlotte: Is that a tonal pattern? Peyton: I think so E: yeah
Henry: Wow awesome. I loved it.
Emiel: Why isn't every kpop tune this? Yes, Oh My god, this is why wouldn't we're like oh my god, but everyone does that. THIS video This music video,
Emiel: I'll need to check out this
H: -is why we're frustrated about that because this is so good. It's so raw It's so human, and it's so personable, and it's so personal to her, and it's so it's so human
E: It's so good It's so human. It's so easy to relate to
Emiel: yeah, and it's actually good sounding
Henry: yes It is so well produced and all of the choices are really good And she's-every one of the rhythm section was strong instrumentalist like balanced well textured well Mastered well engineered well recorded well
E: Yeah, that's it. (Emiel just gives up on talking lol) Everything about it was perfect, and this was probably really expensive to do, but she's on a smaller label So this was probably a big project for them yet they focused on the product instead of the profits And it worked out so much in their favor because even though this video only has three hundred seventy-six thousand seventeen views They have a fan for once like
Emiel: Yeah You know I'm never really With the exception of this like maybe three or four artists who I've listened to on this whole Channel. I am 100% sold on this F: Yeah
L: That one was so fun I really think like I liked the instrumentals in the first one But I don't think they worked with her voice as well as this did like I think She's meant to be in more like with the voice that she has it's meant for more of like a combo setting So like three sometimes there was like a synth thrown in there adding like a fourth instrument including voice
F: interesting and I think that that suits her like timbre and Register better than the other one did
Stephen: man That was
N: really really
S: can't believe she's not famous these songs are like really catchy and really different like they stand out N: They're Short and sweet, it's like perfect. S: Yeah,
N: bite sized And yeah like stuffs stuffs happen and musically they're like really complex.
S: like what is it? Yeah? YEAH that was dope! N: But yeah I can see why it's not that famous in Korea because it's not very mainstream kpop and if they're not used so like sure outside influences like classical jazz bebop that kind of stuff then they'll be like I'm not sure what this is and yeah S: I feel like it's also different for us even in the fact that like We're like we're reacting to these videos But right like we're
N: we have such different backgrounds like you in the bits of mainstream
S: right absolutely And we've already listened to a lot of like a wide variety of music so when you hear something like this that's different We're automatically drawn to it. Just because I think maybe that's what we're we're drawn to kind of in the first place, or just naturally Umu: Yeah, so what do you think of this song overall? Kevin: Oh man
Kevin: I like the French waltz Khanh: It was really, really, really fun Yeah, I like how she utilized all the you know. There's the waltz, there's the the funky vaporwave kind of bodadeeahgahgee and then and then there is the a melody bum-clickclick-bumbum-clickclick Kevin: And I feel like by inserting a little snippet of like the little weird, the weirder stuff And if people discover this song first it might help the people get into her like More out there songs because they're they're you know okay, this is a sound that she likes to do Yeah, so now I'm getting used to and then I hear again, but more yeah, they might just get into like crazy jazz stuff Yeah, it's a nice window to like the music genre mm-hmm. Umu: Hello Everyone welcome to our channel if you're new, I'm the channel runner and producer of the series Thanks for watching this video if you enjoyed it Don't forget to subscribe also if you're curious to see what else we're going to react to in the future go ahead and check the description for a bunch of Links that I have some playlists and schedules also Please check our patreon if you want to support us patreon to get access to unedited full-length reaction videos Access to exclusive content as well as early access to all the videos Posted on here and more so thank you so much, and I hope you have a wonderful day! <3