ZE:A – Breathe (숨소리) MV – Review

My take on this MV is that ZE:A are secretly Timelords who failed in their mission to prevent the apocalypse on Earth and so they rescued the only survivor who must now repopulate all of humanity with cute Korean pop stars. I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE

ZE:A are back! It’s been nearly a year since ‘Ghost of Wind’ and ‘Illusion’ and I have missed them! Not that they’ve been inactive, seeing as several members are ALL OVER various variety and radio programs.

The new mini album is called ‘First Homme’ and the title track is called ‘Breathe’ (숨소리). The teaser last week (or so) had me pretty excited – alas the MV release was delayed by a couple of days and we had a 1 minute ‘preview’ as a placeholder. My reaction was pretty much: ‘What is this…are we in JAPAN and experiencing its obsession with short PVs?’ – I’m kidding! I was totally OK… (though antsy and obsessively refreshing my youtube feed even on pathetic 2G coverage in rural Victoria)

Instead I downloaded the album (Yes, I have pre-ordered an actual copy through MNet, but it’s a meet and greet and so I won’t get it for months… I am impatient when it comes to KPop)

The album – I LOVE – seriously every single track is excellent. This is one of my favourite albums so far this year – and that’s facing some pretty stiff competition from groups that are higher up my bias list. This is a solid album with some great vocals, mixed with an R&B feel. Quite a few of the members have contributed to the song writing and composition – particularly on my favourite track ‘One’.

‘One’ is an anthem kind of song, but definitely on the pop side of the spectrum – the chorus is in English – so handy for belting out at the top of your lungs in the car / shower / street while you are walking the dog (not that I did that at all…)

I really feel that ZE:A have grown a lot with this album, so I’m hoping that they can now boost their profile both domestically and abroad.

Back to ‘Breathe’! This was produced by Brave Brothers, so has some of his hallmark sounds – but it’s still got a distinct ZE:A feel to it. They’re a bit like Infinite, in that I can pick their songs out because of the pop fusion with synth hooks – the difference being that ZE:A have more of a harmony line as opposed to power vocals. ‘Breathe’ has some really lovely lyrics – it reads more like a ballad than a pop song because it’s about the melancholy you feel for a lost love – about longing for the sound of their breath and the sadness that recalling happier memories brings.

The MV came out when we were in Bendigo, so I tethered my phone to stream it to the TV and we subjected all of our friends to the SUPER confusing plot that really doesn’t reflect the song all that well. So, I like the dance, the costumes, the TARDIS and the song – I’m just a bit meh on the overall plot.

Cracked out Fanfiction Interpretation

9 Timelords from Gallifrey Korea who are skilled in song and Dance

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Note the significant blue colour and fondness for tweed and check patterns – no bow ties… yet! but maybe in the live stages.

Lonely Timelords

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In their lonely spaceship / TARDIS – being cute idols clearly not fulfilling.

Telescope with the power to look into the past due to light waves and physics and SCIENCE

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey and all that – clearly it shows the girl before the world went to hell and they fall into forbidden lurve with her. Because like all KPop MVs there is only one girl and lots of boys. Reverse Harem!

Brief segue into creepy Twilight-esque staring / stalking a girl while she sleeps (or is possibly in a coma)

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Please note that several members do this. This is not ever cool. Even if you are an immortal Vampire-Timelord.

TARDIS

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On the planet of snow and sparkly trees where ZE:A now live. (also their TARDIS has some nice rooms for fancy dancing with balloon ceilings)

I feel like their plan to prevent the apocalypse involved paper planes

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Maybe with messages or their signatures? – like most idols do for concerts – leading to fangirl battles for souvenirs.

Clearly this was a BUST

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Not well thought out there ZE:A. Though I do treasure my own Infinite KPop paper plane (and totally have a shrine for it because of Woohyun), I feel that a signature is not much of a harbinger of DOOM and END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH.

Running through alleyways of the apocalypse…

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This could also just be a run down part of town and they’ve just rescued a girl who was having a mild panic attack at the beginning of the MV and really have it all wrong…

More cute dancing

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Interpretive-dance-of-sorrow? IDK – but I like it 🙂

It was all a dream

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Or this girl is now super happy in her reverse harem bliss

 

ZE:A – Breathe – Teaser

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And yet another comeback teaser! I swear I have no money to live at this point and will have to eat ramyun forever to sustain my kpop lifestyle.

ZE:A (제국의 아이들 Children of Empire) are a group that I only fairly recently became a fan of. I bought their album ‘Illusion’ when I was in Korea last year because ‘The Ghost of Wind‘ was a really catchy song and they were promoting it heavily. Alas, we had to leave before they held their signing event in Myeongdong, but I was a newly converted fan!

They’re very underrated in Korea, and are yet to really make it big – but their members are in a lot of variety shows – particularly Kwanghee and Dongjun and you will remember Hyungsik from the drama ‘Heirs’ and maybe Siwan too who has been in quite a few dramas

I will admit to sometimes confusing who is who, seeing as they have 9 members (even with a cheat sheet – thanks Aimee!), but I have ALL of their subgroups ZE:A FIVE and ZE:A4U down!

The teaser looks great though. In the words of one memorable YouTube comment: “You had me at TARDIS”

It’s futuristic with a splash of apocalypse – right up my alley! With a piano and guitar base for the song, I’m looking forward to the vocals and the rest of the MV.

If you like Infinite, chances are, you’ll also like ZE:A. Check out their page on Daum which has some great teaser pics – the concept is ‘Homme Fatale’ (yes please!)

The mini album ‘First Homme’ is out on June 2nd.