Infinite reaches out from beyond the grave in their new music video.
Did you like the song?
Infinite (∞) debuted with “Come Back Again,” but I didn’t hear about them until this year when they released “Before the Dawn (BTD),” which featured the awesome scorpion move. They followed that up with “Be Mine,” another lovely song with a dance that flowed well with the beat. And now we have “Paradise.” I actually liked this song before the chorus; it has an otherworldly, dramatic feeling, and once I heard that haunting melody I fell in love.
What was your favorite part of the song?
I love love love the chorus and the “Paradise, oh oh” part. Seriously, who is writing Infinite’s songs? All the ones I’ve heard have been awesome!
Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
There are a total of three English words in the entire song: “paradise” in the chorus (pronounced very well) and “hopeless world” in Dongwoo’s rap (pronounced not so well). So at least the title is good.
Did you like the video?
In “Before the Dawn,” Woohyun and L try to escape from an evil vampire coven or something by beating the crap out of their captor and each other. In “Be Mine,” Infinite drag a girl to a crime scene that plays classic romantic films while bullets fly through the air, ripping everything to pieces. And I guess all the Infinite members were hit with bullets, because in “Paradise” they’re all ghosts.
But while the premise is a tad melodramatic, the execution of that concept is actually nicely subtle. I have only a few personal experiences with loss, but it seems to me that way grief is handled in this MV is fairly realistic: the girl finds that just going about her daily life requires effort. She has to physically leave the house and go into the garden for some peace. It’s more understated than I’m used to with Korean music videos—and probably most music videos in general—which usually prefer overblown emotions (the single teardrop, the anguished expression) to restrained explorations (just walking around, dragging items from one room to another).
The dark tones, the shadows, and the way the members are sprawled out quietly watching this girl handle the process of grieving all complement the song’s evocative qualities so well that it’s hard not to at least appreciate the concept.
Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
We basically have a woman (with great shoes, by the way) walking through her house looking blank and covering up the furniture, interspersed with scenes of all the Infinite boys on a train or standing in her misty garden or creepily following her through the house, walking in front of her, or lying on the floor
Or maybe they’re evillll and literally haunting her (but I don’t think so). OR MAYBE she killed them and they’re watching her dispose of all the evidence!! Or, you know, not. The woman is clearly upset, but who wouldn’t be when seven of her exes have just died? ;)
Was the dance cool and distinctive?
There was no dance! *cries* However, I’m sure they will soon release a dance version of the music video because there is a great dance in the live version. And here is a dance practice version!
But in the meantime it is so sad because Infinite do some of the best group dancing I’ve ever seen. By that I mean their choreography seems to really take advantage of the fact that there are seven of them and make the viewer’s eye focus on the whole picture rather than on any one member. Essentially, there is no one lead dancer. That’s generally the way I prefer it. However, that does lead to an issue…
Do the members look good?
Yes, they do—however, as a new fan of theirs, it is really difficult to learn their names just by watching their music videos! The shots are all dark, at extreme angles, and focusing on other things than the members’ faces. I know the other day I was complaining that SM Entertainment music videos are all formulaic, but this is a time when those standard sets and high-definition closeups would come in handy, because I had the hardest time learning Infinite. New groups need to take a hint from U-KISS and color-code their hair, at least for the first few MVs. You can be edgy and dark once people know who you are.
Which member stood out the most?
I don’t know why, maybe because they’re easy to pick out of a lineup, but when I first learn about bands, I tend to choose the prettiest member as my “bias,” the one my eye is drawn to, and so maknae Sungjong stood out for me here. It doesn’t hurt that he looks vaguely like SHINee’s Taemin, whom I adore, or that he was often focused on during my favorite lines in the chorus.
I also really enjoyed Dongwoo's rap part, and he has a distinctive look going as well.
Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Yes, I do. It’s both catchy and mysterious, and I like that!
Any ending thoughts?
Infinite is on a roll here. Well done. Now release something that can help me learn your names (other than Mnet’s “Sesame Player” Season 2, which I can’t wait to watch!).
“Emo Girl and the Seven Ghosts.”
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