HISTORY (히스토리) – Psycho (싸이코) MV Gif Set
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a fan of suggestive boytouching in an MV, and this is certainly one that delivers that in spades. It’s creepy and very possessive (with that stalker-who-might-stab-you-vibe) kind of boytouching, but I clearly have some deep seated issues because I loved this! Of all the KPop releases in June, this was one that made an impression.
There have been a slew of ‘dark themed’ KPop MVs recently with a fascination with Zombies, Vampires, Voodoo (hey VIXX! I swear you’ve done all of these…) and general death / gore imagery. However, I don’t think that many of these have successfully carried out the ‘creepy’ feeling (although ‘Voodoo Doll‘ by VIXX certainly made me squeamish at certain points). By creepy, I suppose I mean more unsettling; where the storyline / visuals / lyrics make the viewer uncomfortable because of what is implied rather than directly shown. A good example of a similar MV to Psycho would be G-Dragon’s ‘She’s Gone‘ where he literally chases his captive down and stabs her – it’s super disturbing with the lyrics implying that it’s because he can’t accept that she doesn’t love him ‘even as he lingers by her side as a friend’ *shudder* It’s the whole Nice GuyTM turned into a bitter psychotic killer because rejection just isn’t in his worldview. Maybe it’s just because this is a more realistic scenario than zombies IDK…
History are a group that I have followed since their debut, and I own all of their mini albums (curses, another group that I collect! There’s some excellent eye candy in their photobooks too for anyone wondering if they are worth getting). These boys are a bit chameleon-like, in that every release has been a re-invention of their image. They’ve tried out several different music and visual styles, so you can’t really pin them down to a genre. Their debut was the very excellent ‘Dreamer‘ which is a real departure from most KPop as it has very layered harmonies – almost like ‘Queen’. Their next title track ‘Tell Me Love‘ was a super catchy dance track (and is still on my favourites playlist) and was followed by ‘What am I to You‘ which is almost a melding of the two (and has the maknae in his underwear for most of the MV as he spirals into drink and depression…).
They are definitely a vocal focused group, with all members having a really fantastic range and ability (and eye-candy – there are some pretty boys in this group, not gonna lie). I was really pleased to see them coming back with another mini album relatively soon after ‘Blue Spring’ and the teaser for ‘Psycho’ definitely caught my eye.
So, back to the MV! ‘Psycho’ has its thematic and visual roots in the Hitchcock movie of the same name and pays clever homage to it throughout (as well as a few other Hitchcock films that share the same obsessive and possessive elements). It’s an MV that has had some thought put into it; it reflects the lyrics very well (which btw, are also very disturbing). I particularly appreciated how the storyline which is presented in Black and White contrasts with the dance scenes which are in colour. The more times I watch the MV, the more small bits and pieces I notice. It’s tightly shot and full of symbolism – like the mirrors that surround them and the fact that the initial costumes have a slight straight jacket quality to them and then later change into chain gang black and white stripes.
And although I appreciate hot boys all over each other as they dance, the best thing is really the fact that the MV and the song has something to say.
The opening confessional scene ends with the most excellent neck grab by Kyungil to Sihyung and then the maknae Yijeong smirks before it morphs into a full blown creep-tacular smile. The MV then launches into scenes of stalking, surveillance and delusional obsession. It feels claustrophobic at times and then celebrates the thrill of illicit voyeurism (which ties in so well with the relationship between popstars and their fans that I can’t even deal with it). The implied ‘multiple personalities’ and their conflict with each other is also really well done, on first watch I thought that Yijeong was protecting the girl, but nope… he’s struggling with some inner demons that he ultimately comes to embrace (or they embrace him – literally – mmmmm Kyungil). It blurs the lines between reality and psychosis as well, you’re not quite sure if it was all in his head. Ugh I really can’t praise it enough, it has so many excellent set pieces.
The dance is crotch-tacular with loads of creepy caresses between the members. Kyungil (the hot leader) is rather magnetic taking every opportunity to sex up the camera, in fact they’re all really enjoying playing up the killer vibe *cough* Dokyun and Yijeong especially *cough*. So praise to the choreographer for pulling this together – it’s even better on the music shows with all the fans screaming their heads off. The slight irony of their obsessive love makes it particularly enjoyable to me.
The song itself is also excellent. It has a slight 80’s feel with History’s harmony lines throughout. All in all, this is shaping up to be a strong contender for one of my favourite MVs and songs this year.
I really think my main issue is that despite the truly ‘Psycho’ meaning of the lyrics and the underlying threat of violence and possession that runs through the visuals, my main thoughts are ‘Kyungil is suuuuuuper attractive here’ and ‘I wouldn’t mind if he stalked me a bit…’ and the fact that this taps into some of my rather dark desires is the truly creepy factor.
‘You’re gonna like this play’
I also recommend watching their performance MV as the choreography for this dance is ON POINT! The live stages have also been a real treat! Their ‘Let’s Dance’ is also terrific 🙂