Like the musical voice of a generation, BTS it can be described in many ways, but it has never been attributed to them "sold out" until today (January 17), when the South Korean septet graced the world with its introspective new song "Black Swan". The first single from their upcoming map of In the Soul: 7 album, members use the song to express their chilling feelings about how artists view their art and how they feel when their love for it is lost.
The haunting, atmospheric mix of sad instrumentals and trap beats explores the artistic idea of how falling in love with one's art is akin to death.
"The heart does not accelerate when listening to the music play", Suga sings during the reflective height of the song. "It seems that time has stopped / Oh, that would be my first death / I was always afraid." RM goes on: "If it can no longer resonate, it no longer makes my heart flutter, so that may be how I die my first death. But what if this moment is now?" "No song affects me anymore / Crying a silent scream." Jimin regrets sadly a few moments later.
According to a press release, music serves as "a confession of an artist who really learned what music means to himself."
The release of "Black Swan" follows shortly after Suga's solo "Interlude: Shadow", which sets the tone for the next album to further explore BTS's Jungian psychoanalytic thinking, following Billboard's Top of the Soul: Persona album 200 last year. . In Jungian psychology, the Soul Map — as Murray Stein's book revealed that BTS revealed inspired parts of the series — explores the inner workings of persona, shadow, and ego.
"Black Swan" falls over a month before the arrival of Map of the Soul: 7 on February 21 and was shared through a studio version on digital music platforms and an art film featuring a dance troupe performance. modern Slovenian MN Dance Company. The visual explores the struggles put by BTS in the lyrics, played by the dancers.
Headed by a quote from modern dance legend Martha Graham: "A dancer dies twice – once when she stops dancing and that first death is more painful."
Watch the "Black Swan" video below.