With two shows under the group’s belt – 2013’s “EXO’s Showtime”, a reality show centered around various group activities, and last year’s “EXO 90:2014”, a moderated talk show featuring individual members’ recreations of seminal K-pop music videos, it became quite clear that doing variety shows does not come naturally to EXO. Having all the members in a single frame without choreography became a directorial challenge with a group as large as theirs. Some were bound to draw more attention than the others. Baekhyun and Chanyeol, who are confident spouting adlibs and shedding inhibitions on-cam have considerable variety skills. The rest of the group seem to fall a little short when it comes to showing their charm through unscripted series.
EXO‘s second full length album, “Exodus” was released on March 30 after a mind-boggling ten days of secret passwords and obscure UFO sighting references littering my Twitter timeline. I never could figure out what those #Pathcode teasers were meant to solve so I didn’t even bother. I left the high-speed sleuthing to your average EXO-L, and by “average”, of course I meant bat-shit crazy dedicated. The answers to the teasers’ riddles were up within seconds of the videos’ posting, which meant that EXO-L were incredibly astute, or that I wasn’t the stan I claimed I was. By the fifth day of the teasers, EXO-L had figured out that the first letters of the cities featured in the videos would eventually spell out the title of EXO’s comeback track, “Call Me Baby.” It seemed reaching, but by the time the last teaser was released, all the pieces fit.
So I didn’t notice that my second year in the K-pop fandom has passed by! Time flies when you’re constantly being bombarded by comebacks. My iTunes has come a long way from being stuck in an aging hipster rut, and I’m far from being through with K-pop!
I’ve come up with a short and sweet little playlist for those who like me, have grown bored listening to white guys on guitars. Maybe your musical palate is looking for tunes that are a lot more adventurous and a lot less cynical but don’t know where to start. The K-pop universe is vast and varied, and without the right key, it can quickly get confusing and overwhelming. The tracks I’ve included in this little mix are those that helped pull me in when I was just an agi in K-pop 🙂