Posted by : Madhavi
Titled “Bambi” the highly anticipated follow up to his 2020 mini-album “Delight” is a collection of six R&B unfused love songs Love Scene, All I Got, Privacy, Cry for Love, including the previously released “Amusement park” as well as the title track “Bambi”. Penned by South Korean singer and songwriter SAAY -Who debuted with Stardom Entertainment’s girl group Evol and Candy’s writer DEEZ Bambi is a story about a fairytale-like love.
Let’s take a look at the song below.
At first glance of the title Bambi, it looks like a Disney song. Well, so many fans got confused with the meaning. There were two possible answers to it most obvious was the classic Disney deer which represents cute and fragile giving the track light-hearted meaning. However, Bambi also translates in the Korean language as night rain where “bam” means night, and “bi” as rain making sense to the theme and feel of the song. The song gives a darker meaning making it interesting to know the difference between the two meanings of Bambi.
My take on the MVBambi.
The MV starts with a monochrome tone where Baekhyun can be seen standing in the corner with a suit at a train station smoking. A man can be seen approaching him and handing a briefcase pointing at him which is a little suspicious why the man is there? and who was he ?. The MV scene gives us a feeling of assassination. Here it is where I got confused personally as the MV scene is continued with train arrival he flips the coin and goes to pick up the coin from the rail tracks leaving us in a question why was he there picking up the coin from the train tracks while the train is approaching close to him. Bam there comes the jump cut from coin to the title, Bambi. Leaving us all in questions
We can see the references as harry potter’s train scene where the camera pans inside of the train. The train scene is more like a movie intro where Baekhyun can be seen standing.
The choreography from the intro is no joke as Baekhyun nails the pop-dance style moves. It’s sultry, and we can’t help but notice the references to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal’” through his outfits.
The song starts with him seating in a chair singing with his sweet vocal tone. Also, you can hear the guitar playing in the background which is minimal and sounds nice with the focus on Baekhyun’s melodious voice. Song continues with his sexy dance moves giving it a delayed break between two lines in the lyrics. The melody in the song is just working for me might not be everyone’s style just talking about my personal musical taste which I personally really like. The base of the song is very nice and pretty thick creates a lot of texture and weight but it’s not distracting the lyrics as I thought they would be.
Further, you can see references from the movie sherlock similar train scene can be seen here.
The lyrics continue with Baekhyun’s high notes. I like this part as they continue the lyrics overlapping the high notes with a softer vocal track kind of over that high note sounds so good. The second line continuing the lyrics is such harmony to ears. We can hear the texture of the guitar playing behind the vocal making it so pleasant to hear. Especially if you play the guitar you are so going to like this.
The song ends with the lines “I hope the sun doesn’t rise while I keep my eyes closed” giving us a hint that it is just a dream that he was dreaming of her to be with him on a rainy night.
The intro and overall MV looked like a movie set. I dig Bambi‘s general vibe, and that’s enough to get it over the finish line. The emotional guitar melody and the sweet vocals of BAEKHYUN stand out, and the lyrics contain a mature love story through fairytale-like expressions. Still, this is a great match of music and artist, and a suitable send-off for one of the industry’s most well-loved idols.
According to reports, Bambi gained over 830,000 pre-orders, making it his greatest pre-sold album yet. With his second mini-album, Baekhyun became the first million-selling solo artist in 19 years of Korean music history. Already, Bambi has reached #1 on iTunes in 32 countries worldwide. The soloists already shattered his record and we see wish him good luck to break more records like this in future
What did you think of “Bambi”? Which of the six tracks is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
April 12th, 2021
Namaste Hallyu is super excited to share our interview with our Artist of The Month – Singer and Songwriter Dvwn!
If you’re a fan of versatile Korean music, you might have definitely heard his song, ‘Being Left’ with Zico or ‘Fairy’ or even ‘Last’ and if you’re a KDrama fan, you must have heard him when listening to the OST ‘No Problem’ from the drama, ‘The Uncanny Counter’ or you might have seen Park Shin Hye featured in his latest music video, ‘Free Flight’.
Soundcloud has been a big platform for various artists around the world, both popular and rising and this platform holds the stories of many world famous artists who initially started there including Dvwn’s musical journey. He gathered a lot of attention on Soundcloud and is known for his soothing melodies that are self-written and composed and this caught the attention of one of the biggest South Korean rapper, Zico. Dvwn is now signed with Zico’s KOZ Entertainment, a subsidiary of HYBE Corporation (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).
Dvwn has not only made music for his fans but he has also worked with various artists. Dvwn has worked with EXO’s Lay Zhang and Chanyeol, separately for ‘Mapo Tofu’ and ‘SSFW’. He further participated in SHINee’s ‘Heart Attack’ from their recent album, ‘Love Yourself’ by Eric Nam, Babylon’s ‘Karma’, and had also featured in Kang Daniel’s track ‘Movie’. Dvwn has also received IU’s appreciation for his cover songs.
What we love the most about Dvwn is how he effortlessly shifts genre and makes it his own. Dvwn cannot be classified as one genre of artist and that is why, it is best to understand his style of music by listening to his music because he creates a genre of his own. But if we have to categorise him, then it would be ‘Versatile’. Ahead of his EP ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ releasing on the 14th of April, we got to speak with Dvwn. Read on to know about his musical journey, his inspirations, the upcoming EP and more, including a special message for his Indian fans.
Namaste Hallyu (NH): First of all, congratulations! You came back with a new single ‘Free Flight’ and it has been well received. What does the song ‘ Free Flight’ mean to you ? You have also mentioned that it was written and recorded two-three years ago, is ‘Free Flight’ in any way different from your album series ‘Dawn Defibrillation’- lyrically and musically?
Dvwn: Thank you very much! I tried to express a journey of flying into one’s dream to tell things that I wouldn’t be able to tell in reality, and then flying back to reality with clearer conscience with ‘Free Flight’. A friend of mine who is a producer wrote the song as an instrumental track, which we rearranged to complete it as it is now. This song was supposed to be one of the tracks in ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ and you will find many similarities but on the other hand, the topic of the lyrics and the genre form are quite different. ‘Free Flight’ is a song where I tell a story in a more calm manner.
NH: You have been giving us so many amazing songs. What is your process when you’re writing a song? Any musical artist/art in general that has a major influence on your style?
Dvwn: The music writing process differs for each song. I sometimes stumble across a word in my daily life and start from that word and sometimes I get inspired by a book. Most of the time, I start by just sitting down in a chair. The artists that influences me the most, changes all the time and recently, I’ve been most inspired by films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
NH: It has been two years since you released your first self-produced album, ‘Panorama’ and ‘Fairy’ still remains as your most streamed song from that album and since then, it has been a journey of so many amazing songs. Which is your favorite work so far?
Dvwn: My favorite work changes all the time. I always find myself liking the most recently written song the most and I believe that many artists would relate to that. Of all the released songs, I like ‘Free flight’ the most. It must be because I prefer calmer music nowadays.
NH: You mentioned in a previous interview about how The Black Skirts is one of your favorite musician, have you ever thought of a possible collaboration and how do you think it will turn out?
Dvwn: I do like The Black Skirts very much but a collaboration is a very difficult process. I feel that it would be better to keep my favorite artist as the favorite artist and nothing more but if I were to collaborate with him, I think the song will turn out to be a very rocking one.
NH: You have never been bounded by a single genre and in the past, you had mentioned that you would like to try ‘Gospel’ music, is that still the same or is there any particular genre that you want to try?
Dvwn: Yes, I still want to try Gospel music someday, as the majestic feel of the genre can’t be replaced by any other. Other than Gospel music, I would love to try to write psychedelic or alternative rock music.
NH: ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ has continued as a series and you have also expressed that it will be finalized as an EP or LP. So can we expect it in the near future?
Dvwn: I have currently pushed the project to a later time, and am focusing on the upcoming album. As it is a series, I feel that I would need more time to think about it. It will happen when the time is right.
NH: You had shared a snippet in your Instagram Story which seemed like a demo of ‘Free Flight’ but in English. If it is the English version, we were wondering if your fans would get a chance to listen to it.
Dvwn: It’s actually not an English version, but a demo with rough melody guides. I normally sing in gibberish English when I’m writing the melodies, and it must have sounded like an English version. I would love to release an English version if the meaning of ‘Free Flight’ can be translated into English without losing its meaning.
NH: You have recently sung the OST, ‘No Problem’ for the K-Drama ‘The Uncanny Encounter’ and it has been wonderfully received. How was the experience? If we are not wrong, isn’t this your first OST? In addition, is there an OST of any Drama or Movie in particular that you like a lot?
Dvwn: Yes, it was my first time, and it was a very unique experience. I have never had anyone direct me in the recording process and so, it was awkward at first but I enjoyed the experience. I love the OST of Reply 1988, “A Little Girl” sung by Oh Hyuk.
NH: We heard that your new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will be released soon. As it’s the first record after signing with KOZ Entertainment, we are wondering what kind of story it contains. Could you give us a spoiler before it’s released?
Dvwn: I think the listeners would find the album quite heavy overall. It contains many feelings and stories and its difficult to explain in a short sentence, but I would say the main keywords are sadness and loneliness. You will know what I mean when you listen to it. To spoil it a little, the album consists of songs with many different genres. Please don’t miss out on ‘It’s not your fault’.
NH: Lastly, any message for your Indian fans and what to expect from you?
Dvwn: Thank you so much for listening to my music. I have been working hard to present good music to you. My new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will release soon, so please look forward to it! Thank you so much again for all the love!
Dvwn has an intense passion for music and sheds light on the importance of fans being able to resonate with his music. We are very happy to have interviewed such a versatile artist who produces fervent music and we are grateful to Dvwn and KOZ Entertainment for the opportunity. We look forward to all the new music and we hope to see him perform in India, someday.
Dvwn’s new EP, ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is releasing on April 14 featuring various artists like lIlBOI, CHE, jane, and Kwon Jin Ah. KOZ Entertainment Announces Dvwn’s Comeback
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Big Naughty (Seo Dong Hyun) from H1gher Music is a 2003 born soloist with a soothing voice perfect for the sensible rap that he is known for. His vocals does not limit him to rapping as he sings well too and recently he released his latest contemporary R & B Genre, EP “Bucket List”. In his EP, he has shown a different side of his music taste from that he is usually known for. Read on to read our review.