Just when you thought there were no more bands to talk about The midnight romance comes in with a familiar face as the band's front man. Minue was the ex-drummer of the popular rock band Traxand now he's debuted with a new band under his company, MJ Dreamsys Entertainment.
All of the K-bands I've encountered so far have brought something new to the table and they've determined what kind of sound they feel most comfortable with, but they also show versatility by trying different genres. The Midnight Romance is no different and lays the foundation for their sound in their self-titled track (technically it's called "Midnight Romance") and their EP. When you listen to it for the first time, your sound is reminiscent of 80s synth rock, but also has a psychedelic element. It also reminded me of The 1975, especially in the other two tracks on EP, but The Midnight Romance has given their music its own flair that sets it apart from other bands.
The MV was definitely shot with the song in mind, especially the way the sets were decorated, the type of lighting used, and the old school VHS filter, which is constant throughout the MV. As mentioned earlier, the band's sound is reminiscent of the 80s and they reinforced this feeling by decorating the set with gold streamers and saturated fluorescent lighting. The set is simple – the only other props that are used are a disco ball, a skeleton, and a box. Despite the simplicity of the set, it adds to the mood of the song and further reinforces the message of the song.
The story of the MV is also simple: Minue is lonely, so he buys a robot to get rid of his loneliness. However, the robot fails and makes him happy no matter what he does, so he throws it away. We see him re-enter with a new box, but this time it's a clone of his that gets out. Of course, his decision to buy a robot and give her flowers is already an indicator of his desire for companionship, but what the MV does well to highlight Minues isolation are small, subtle gestures.
Before Minue opens the box, we see him sitting next to it and resting his head on the box, almost as if he wanted to listen to a sign of life. The way his fingers slide over the top of the box also suggests that he longs to touch someone else. When the robot is turned over and turned on, Minue wastes no time and immediately gives her a bouquet of roses, which she smells and brings back to him within 30 seconds.
The idea of a robot bought for Minue to have someone return his love, reject his suggestion to be his companion, is hard and absolutely miserable. Even if Minue kisses the robot, the entire interaction is devoid of emotion and passion, which highlights the loneliness that Minue feels. The screen begins to bother as the two kiss, as if they were saying that this is a mistake and nothing is coming out of this interaction. As much as he tries to project his feelings onto a robot, he will never feel anything for him, nor will he feel anything for it.
The MV ends with Minue opening another box to reveal a clone of himself that may seem like a message of self-love. However, it can also be implied that Minue is ultimately alone and can only rely on herself. No matter how many midnight novels he has, they only last one night and the next day it's just him and him alone.
We have one night, one night
But I never felt that way
We have one night, one night
But I can't get enough, I can get enough
I want to rewind
One attitude that I absolutely love in the MV is the attitude of the robot in the box, whose legs stick out. Personally, this shot is uncomfortable and disturbing to look at, but just a glance and the viewer can immediately see that the robot was thrown away because it could not meet Minue's need for companionship. Apart from that, it also feels uncomfortable because I have the impression that if I cannot fulfill my purpose in a relationship, I will be kicked out without hesitation.
Overall, I really liked what The Midnight Romance brought to the table, and the self-titled EP is also worth a visit. From the sound to the style of the MV, everything is connected, and they are definitely a band worth looking out for in the future.
(YouTube. Texts and images about Warner Music Korea and MJ Dreamsys Ent.)