Narsha of the Brown Eyed Girls is going solo this season and she’s definitely causing some jaws to drop with her outlandish concepts. I, for one, am simultaneously relieved and enthralled by Narsha’s volition to take an unconventional route for her solo debut.
Rather than going sexy and powerful or cute and vulnerable (as most woman in Korean music do), she’s taken the best of both worlds and tapped into a more creative mind set. Both her self titled album ‘Narsha‘ and the MV to her single ‘Bbi Ri Bba Bba‘ expose what I see as a musician’s full will to indulge themselves in their ideas and visions of their work.
In fact, you can dissect Narsha’s MV (below) and discover her intentions and reasonings, something I’ve found relatively pointless in most other Korean pop music videos.
To me, she’s making art. I’m referring to the video, of course, because – as you’ll see below – it involves her, the prominent male figure and by extension us as the audience, as well as the world itself (i.e. the looming religious references). I can’t efficiently unravel this video because I’m not fluent in Korean and part of doing so is understanding what she’s singing (someone totally should, though).
Musically, however, I can vouch for.
There’s some serious juxtaposition in this song that drives me insane. Particularly between the verses and the chorus. ‘BRBB’ begins with a dash of ominous sounds and forceful off-beats and a minimalistic instrumentation that I thought would lead into a quicker chorus. I hear it all the time, so I was caught off guard when that wasn’t the case. The chorus parallels the verses with an airy and lingering stream of stretched out notes wrapped up in this beautiful melody. Even the instrumentation changes here. I could replay this chorus all day.
Also, BRBB’s structure is distinct in that it lacks (at least for me) a climax. It kind of builds up this ridiculously melodic song right up to a precipice and before you know it, it just leaves you hanging there. I don’t know if I love that or not, but it’s definitely different.
This song is simple, yet all the nuances make it sound much more complex than it really is. Probably because Narsha has a fantastic team behind her and she knows how to deliver like no other right now. It’s hard to lose her when she’s so commanding in her work. As a listener, I can feel her presence in the music, but actually seeing her completes the package. It’s kind of like smelling your favorite food before digging in.
Those are my thoughts, so how do you feel about this song? Was it what you were expecting, or is it lacking? How about the video?
Comments are welcome~!