Last week, South Korean pop singer IU released her new album “Modern Times”.
I am ambivalent when it comes to IU and her music, but when I glanced at her track list, I could not help but notice a song called “Obliviate”. A song named after a Harry Potter spell? Forget ambivalence.
This song—heck, the entire album—was a pleasant surprise for me because it’s different from the recent batch of k-pop releases. The album’s theme seems to be more swing and bossa nova and a little bit of jazz, but of course there’s the usual ballads. Other favorite tracks: “Between The Lips”, “Everyone Has A Secret (Feat. Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in), “Bad Day”, and “Voice Mail”.
“Obliviate” (English lyrics, click!) is about someone who is so heartbroken, she wants to erase all the bad memories of her failed romance with one spell and have the one she used to love become a stranger to her. It’s good; give it a listen! 😉
But wait, there’s more!
My friend Lea clued me in on 2 other k-pop songs inspired by Harry Potter spells:
Xia Junsu’s “Tarantallegra” ♫ English lyrics: click!
and Jo Kwon’s “Wingardium Leviosa” ♫ English lyrics: click!
LUNAFLY’s Teo is a big fan of Harry Potter as well, so I hope he writes a Potter-inspired one for the band. I’ll be waiting, Teo.