I stumbled across this music video last night and I felt it perfectly drove home the point I was trying to make in my previous Biff Tunes post (Secret’s “Starlight Moonlight”), which is that music videos can be an art form in and of themselves.
Tonight’s selection is by the Korean pop group “Oh My Girl” and it is called “Closer”. (The link to the video appears near the end of this post.)
The imagery in this video is breathtaking.
The snips above do not do justice to the high resolution video itself. I suspect it is 1080p, though that is not stated anywhere.
In addition to the beautiful, breathtaking imagery, there is much symbolism and metaphor to absorb, though, thankfully, it is well done and not overbearing. I think the metaphor of the car to be particularly and beautifully disturbing. It hints at something that was once wonderful being brought to a tragic end, perhaps even through neglect or the passage of time.
The music itself is perfectly matched to the mood and the theme of the video. It is every bit as beautiful and haunting as the visual imagery. It reminds me very much of a Ronan Hardiman composition, and, coupled with the imagery, has a certain Enya-like vibe to it.
As I stated in my previous post, it is almost a blessing that I cannot understand most of the lyrics. It heightens the impact of the few English phrases they sing. One finds one’s self trying to piece together the story from bits and fragments, much like solving a mystery with few clues.
The only flaw in an otherwise perfect video is a 17-second rap breakdown about 3 minutes in. It’s not because I don’t care for rap. It’s because it does not fit in thematically or tonally to the overall feel of the video.
Anyway, I very much enjoyed this video. I hope you do, too.