A mini-trend of very late is the feature of audio cassette tapes as retro ornaments in K-pop. In Loona Vivi’s solo “Everyday I Love You” they’re part of the 90s scenery–though the very fact this delicately whimsical group uses this delicately retro sound and environment itself is symptomatic of a backward-looking on the part of the young today:
–And Vivi, btw, is becoming quite a crush around here, what with her moving Never Let Me Go-esque performance in the video for “Love & Live” and this cool turn.
Meanwhile, this fortuitous discovery doesn’t even have the “excuse” of a 90s setting, but cassette tapes are still in evidence as part of the gossamer trappings of young twentysomething melancholia:
Of course, Chungha’s got some vinyl too, but LPs don’t have the same nostalgic effect for me since, though I owned quite a few as a child, I never purchased any as an adult– no Classical LPs at all. Perhaps someday, just for the kicks, I should look into that.
And though I had a couple of personal cassette players, they never sported pretty frosty blue buttons.