Hey y’all! Today, I’ll be reviewing a pre-debut single from a group I’m pretty excited about. Woolim Entertainment has great groups like Nell, Infinite and Tasty, but until now, they have not had a girl group. I’m a huge fan of Woolim’s other groups, so I’m really excited to see what they do with this group. Now keep in mind that this is not their official debut (that comes out next week), but as a pre-debut single, it’s a pretty good way for them to showcase their talents. So let’s take a look at Lovelyz’s song, Good Night Like Yesterday.
Music Video with English subtitles (under CC)
The song is about a break-up. The boy is the initiator, and the girl is having trouble accepting the reality of the situation. She pretends he’s saying good night, goodbye until tomorrow. She’s very deeply in denial, trying to smile and make a pretty face for him so he’ll change his mind. Despite her efforts, she cries and her face becomes ugly. In a way, it seems she’s starting to accept it towards the end.
The music video reflects this disconnect with reality by using contrasting images of light and dark. In one scene, a girl is dressed completely in white, holding flowers. In the next, the flowers fall to the floor. The members are all dressed in white, either holding flowers or wearing flowers in their hair, living in a fantasy world where everything is still happy. The boy (played by Infinite’s leader, Sunggyu) is dressed in dark colors, in a dark, shadowy room. This is the reality of the breakup, and it only affects him. Shadows (and time lapse videos) are used to show the passing of time, perhaps to the next day, when everything is all right again. Or so the girl hopes.
There is no dance for this song, but as it’s a ballad, I wasn’t expecting one. It’s pretty clear that this song is meant to showcase the members’ vocals before their debut. From what I’ve seen of pre-release singles (for both debuts and comebacks), this is a common theme. Promotion songs are more dynamic and exciting, and not usually a ballad unless it’s from a soloist or ballad group. A group has to be able to dance on live shows, and it’s easier to do to more upbeat songs. Dancing is almost a necessity for idol groups, and those that don’t typically have some other talent, such as playing instruments. I may be wrong, but I predict Lovelyz’s debut song to be more upbeat.
Normally, I don’t love ballads, but this one grew on me. This song’s release was a good move by the company, because I did exactly what they wanted. I found myself admiring the members’ voices and trying to guess who would be main and lead vocals. A few members have similar sounding voices, so I was surprised when I realized there were eight members. Still, each member got a part, and I hope they’ll be fair with parts in the future. I know it can be hard to be seen in bigger groups, and it feels a bit like Woolim was like “let’s just debut all our female trainees at once,” so I hope they know what they’re doing. Still, the song itself is pretty, and I didn’t mind having it on repeat as I was writing this review.
The last thing I’ll say about this video is that while it was very pretty, I worry that it’s too similar to other videos. The imagery is not uncommon, and the one that stuck out in my mind the most is Rose by Lee Hi. Rose also utilizes white sets and costumes and flower crowns. The one thing that really stuck out at me was the red thorn prop. That, I remembered specifically from Lee Hi’s video. I’m sure there was no intention to copy, as the song and lyrics are totally different, but it’s a nagging feeling I can’t drop. I guess that kind of imagery is just a stereotype in k-pop. Lord knows American music has its own stereotypes and tropes.
The imagery stood out to me, mainly because that’s most of what makes up the video. There’s no plot element to it. It makes me wonder if their debut will be like that. Infinite has had its share of plot-driven and plotless videos, and I’m not sure which direction this group will go in. I don’t know if they even want to be remotely similar to their label-mates. Infinite is significantly different from Nell, which is significantly different from Tasty. This group could mean a whole different direction for Woolim. Since it’s a pre-debut and not a debut song, it’s hard to say if this video is representative of Lovelyz as a group or not.
All in all, it’s a pretty good song for a ballad, and it definitely piqued my interest for this group and their upcoming debut. I’ll be interested to see what they release next week, and since I’ve enjoyed so much of the music out of Woolim ent, I’m hopeful that this group will be just as entertaining. I’ve got my fingers crossed for them, and will be watching their debut music video when it’s released!
-Lovely to look at.
-Possibly recycled imagery.
-Doesn’t show the full potential of the group.