Every time I think about it AssociationI am always impressed by the fact that there is an age difference of 12 years between the oldest and the youngest members because their music never feels like there is a conflict of ideas. Even in terms of performance, all members feel so mature and professional that it's hard to believe that everyone is technically at different points in their lives.
Their latest release, "Coloring The Life", shows the group's maturity, with the track and MV reminiscent of a coming-of-age film. The MV opens with Chansol Walk his guitar through a forest path while the rest of the members write music, share ideas, and take care of dozens of plants around the house. The MV is soft, idyllic and filled with lush green so that the listener can feel relaxed and calm. There are no twists or crazy storylines, just four guys hanging out and making music together.
Elements that allow the MV to resemble a classic film include the use of Newtro furniture (essentially retro items that have been polished to look more contemporary), and the use of slow pans and magnifications of certain items, such as The compass that Chansol uses to find the way to the house. The use of Newtro furniture and clutter creates a cozy atmosphere in the room that makes the room appear as if it had been used and inhabited for a long time, and underlines the idea that the members are close enough to be brothers – a trope that is commonly found in most coming-of-age films.
Subtle camera work is used and is particularly noticeable in the scenes in which the members pass around a music score. We see the score for the first time when Hyeongbin sits at the piano, where the camera moves his hand towards the score. We see it again when Hyeongbin interacts with it Kyoungyoon, with the camera following the score passed from one to the other. Then the camera focuses on Hyunbin before turning slightly to the left to show that he is talking to Kyoungyoon, and finally turning down and focusing on the music score that is in Hyunbins hands.
The last exchange is seen between Hyunbin and Chansol, where we track the score as it is passed on to Chansol. As soon as Chansol receives them, the camera pans out to reveal all the band members in the same room, almost as if you wanted to say that they are ready to perform. The shot afterwards immediately shows how the band performs together, and this narrative gives the audience the impression that this is a band that communicates and shares their ideas with each other, thus dispelling all thoughts that the members are apart.
The combination of this aesthetic and camera work with the song makes the audience of the band feel much closer, especially since we are taking a trip with the members. Regardless of whether the leader finds his way through the forest to the house or whether the members work together to write a new song, we experience these moments with them. The song also becomes part of the narrative with the way it is timed according to the graphic. The band plays the chorus after Chansol has received the score, so the audience experiences a sense of achievement as the song is the end product of the trip.
It reminds me of Sing Street, a coming-of-age movie in which a boy starts a band to impress the girl he just met. What seemed like a quirky and strange combination of friends quickly developed into a cohesive and supportive group that worked together to build their discography as a band. The happiness I felt when the group finally finished their first song "The Riddle of the Model" is the same as seeing the bandage members come together.
Aside from the narrative, the use of wide-angle shots of the band and close-ups of each individual member playing their instruments shows the performative aspect of the band, so viewers can pay more attention to the sound of the instruments when they come together. The close-ups draw the viewer's attention to the instrument shown and enable us to pay attention to the sound of that particular instrument at that moment.
One of the details that catches the eye in the MV is how the pictures transform into a painting the moment you hear the line "Coloring life" – this aesthetic further emphasizes the peaceful atmosphere with its soft colors. The MV is alive and hopeful like its lyrics, but it's not on your face with its message and sound.
Let's color the stars in the black sky
With a radiant smile and endless light
In their debut track "Invisibles", listeners learned to appreciate Chansol's baritone and his coarse-grain vocals, while "Coloring The Life" shows a higher note, with Chansol mainly using his head voice throughout the song. Apart from the pleasant harmonies in the choir, we haven't really heard the other members sing yet, but I hope that their bass player Hyeongbin will get a few lines in the future, because he has proven to be lovely during his performance with Superband.
In my previous review, I expressed my concern and excitement about the band's cohesion as members are of different ages and there is a 12 year age gap between the oldest and youngest members. "Coloring The Life" again proves that I am wrong because its general aesthetics and message can be applied to all ages.
It gives young people a hopeful tone and encourages them to paint the world in different colors. At the same time, I can see how I still listen to this at the age of 60, sitting in my rocking chair with a puppy in my lap, remembering my past and lovingly looking at the new adolescents and appreciating how beautiful our world is – provided that the world has not burned down until then.
Sit side by side
When I close my eyes
Old memories emerge
In green fields, in green leaves
You came to me
Usually bands have something they are known for – for example Day 6& # 39; S music is very story based, N.Flying has a funny and carefree sound and Onewe is experimental. Bandage is a band that focuses on the emotional state of mind, with each song being designed to match a particular mood or emotion. They showed us that music and their emotions can connect us wherever we are in our life. Their first album, 432, shows their versatility and ensures a great listening experience.
If you don't mind, I now hear "Coloring The Life" while sitting on my balcony and drinking a nice cup of tea while watching the clouds passing by.
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