Yes, it is a wonderful record and it has several topics that must be remembered and addressed when talking about it. Many of these themes can go unnoticed by most people, and I will try to explain my view of how I interpreted the record. He sends a very realistic message about sadness, boredom, depression, overcoming, etc. These messages are from the album cover, to its strident sound and lyrics (which is obviously what makes this message more evident).
Let's start from the beginning, with the album cover.
It passes everything you will find on the album, but in an implicit way. To start with the bottom, being an illustration of the sky, which by the way takes a large part of the image. We also have a chimney giving off smoke and birds flying in the background. What does all this mean ???
Well, the blue that takes up most of the image, is the representation of the expression "blue", which we use to speak when we are down, sad, depressed in a way. The blue color (representing the expression), takes up most of the image because it shows what is the dominant feeling of "I lyric". It is sadness that dominates him, and in the lyrics we see.
The chimney is blowing a lot of smoke though, isn't it? That's how he feels singing the songs, putting the anguish he has out, expelling his "destructive" feelings out, putting out everything that goes on in his mind.
The white birds flying in the background, symbolize freedom. A desire to be free, to be free of what imprisons you. Both a tedious routine, when you feel like one more in the midst of society are factors that hold the lyrical self in this intimidating routine.
All these feelings and symbolisms are passed on to the album, both in sound and in lyrics.
In the first songs, I confess that the wheezing, distorted sound left me with a foot in the back, but soon I understood why.
All anguish is expelled in the sound in a strident (and purposeful) way because he wants to purge everything he feels outward, as loudly as he can. The thoughts that were accumulating inside of you accumulated until they exploded and all that compressed force was expelled in a distorted way.
The album does not have a high-pitched or visceral sound, it symbolizes your revolt with its current state.
We can see that this "low quality" mix is optional when we listen to the guitar lines, keyboards and other sound effects, and realize that they are not distorted, but clear. They are sharp just to be highlighted in the midst of all the madness, if they were as loud as the rest of the other instruments, they would surely disappear and would not be noticed.
At first I thought that the production could be better executed, but when I understood the proposal (while listening to the
"흰 천장 (White Ceiling)") it all made sense to me.
The melodies on the record are great. And it is very interesting to think how the songs manage to deliver their melodic lines in the midst of so much chaos.
In some moments the record sounds calmer, in others it sounds melancholy, in others it sounds completely noisy, and in others it brings it all together.
It is interesting to notice how the vocalist interprets the songs, singing them in monotone most of the time. Usually singers are criticized for this, but is it really necessary to reach difficult grades here?
See, during the songs, boredom and boredom is addressed countless times, and his way of interpreting this by singing in this "static" way fits very well. I must also mention how the vocal is swallowed by the instrumental several times, not letting his voice sound so evident, having the instruments (in this case his pains) overlapping and taking him completely, making him disappear in the middle of the things he wants to escape.
Well, after all this interpretive analysis, let's talk about some interesting moments.
Basically, the record sounds like a sound mass, and the songs really (in terms of the elements presented), do not sound so different from each other.
The record starts with "아름다운 세상 (Beautiful World)" and is very interesting, as it already establishes everything on the record. From acoustic passages, melancholy melodies, breakdowns, sound effects, etc.
Everything we see on the disc is presented here, it’s a good intro track.
Color: Black, White.
"흰 천장 (White Ceiling)" for me is the best track on the record. A 10 minute song that is simply amazing. It manages to be sentimental, delicate and at the same time strong. His lyrics, like the rest of the record, are incredible. It mainly addresses the issue of boredom, of how he sees himself in a limbo, where every day is the same, and there is nothing he can do anything about. You are completely hostage to monotony.
Her sound is very interesting. It is transcendental, its construction creates a feeling of anxiety with the desire to be free that ends up building something so powerful, sonically speaking, that it reminded me of the album Vision Creation Newsun by the band Boredoms. It is an accelerated and sonic music, and that together with the sound effects, of screams, voices, alarm clock, help to set up the atmosphere created by the music.
Color: Blue, White, Yellow
I don't want to talk about all the songs here, because if not, the review will be much bigger than it already is.
Well, some artists nowadays try to approach the same themes in their music, but they all sound like something EXTREMELY superficial. Joji is the greatest example I could ever set. It deals with the same themes, but it is so pathetic that I really don't see any kind of error in that. Here we can almost smell those feelings.
It's an explosive, melancholy, loud, and very, VERY beautiful record. Everything he presents is executed in a super interesting way.
I want to highlight the songs "격변 의 시대 (Age of Fluctuation)", "
Chicken ", the most different track on the album," 엑스트라 일대기 (Extra Story) "and" I Can Feel My Heart Touching You ". and yes, that’s all they really say, it’s breathtaking, it’s beautiful, it’s melodic, it’s incredible.