Henry: I like how… Cloud: Ooh!
Henry: Oh, this is hot! Umu: You’re now reacting to the seven-member boy group GOT7 and their most recent 2019 comeback called ‘You Calling My Name’. Cloud: *clunk* Sorry.
Umu: Although the lyrics talk about a relationship ending because of immaturity and stupid mistakes, the members describe this song as a love letter to their fans. Cloud: Aww. Umu: It is because of their fans calling their name that they exist, and they can only continue to exist because of the fans. The video has a minimalist feel, but there’s a lot of symbolism hidden throughout. The symbols that have gotten the most attention are the Korean characters Daniel: bieup and digeut good which fans theorize is Chinese symbol for name, ‘Ming,’ broken apart. Umu: This could be a stylized version or it could symbolize the loss of identity without someone, to call out their name. The song is composed by Benjamin Ingrosso, David Brook, Marco Borrero, Luis Schoori, and the GOT7 member JB. Kevin: Three, two, one…GOT7 Isaac: Whoa! Brianna: One and, two and… Both: Oohh!
Brianna: Yes, green smoke! Emiel: Ooh, I like those synths in the background. Daniel: One, flat six, four five, one. Kevin: Oh my gosh! Okay, his voice is great. I’m gonna say something musical before I say “This video…” Elizabeth: I like using the Os as punctuations, but it’s all chords, so it like…
Owen: They’re like three hammer blows for the end of the FTA! James: No percussion. Wow. It’s cool.
*Umu motions ‘snaps’ Barely, yeah. Brianna: When the beat drops you’re gonna feel it.
James: It’s gonna be hard.
Brianna: Yeah. Kevin: Ooh, nice. The gaining of momentum feels so calculated. I love it. James: Oh, my God!
Brianna: Ohh! James: F*ck!
Brianna: We love a funky bass line.
James: It’s underrated, though.
Brianna: Yeah. Aaron: He’s really…the contrast between their voices and the bass/percussion is very arousing.
Nick: I love the use of the percussion right when they’re talking. Aaron: Also, these are leather suits… Henry: I like how… Cloud: Ooh!
Henry: Oh, this is hot. Aaron: I think I’m falling in love. Daniel: This is a very slow build. Fiona: I like it.
Daniel: It’s a very light texture and very light… Fiona: Non-offensive.
Daniel: sonic palette. Yeah.
Fiona: Not in-your-face. Daniel: It’s not as aggressive.
Fiona: Yeah, I like that. Kevin: Here it comes. What?!! Isaac: Very nice.
Kevin: It’s not the sleek…Ah, come on! Owen: They have a lot of really standard funk elements, like having that bass da-dum, and also the rhythm guitar playing that same chord over and over again with the very limp right hand, and also really syncopated drums in the chorus. James: Bridge. F*ck it up. Brianna: ah! These changes. Kevin: That was like the best delay I’ve ever heard in my life. Henry: I don’t know now you feel, but their voices, to me, are to me are really pleasing to listen to. Their singing?
Cloud: I love the instrument gradual buildup, too. Brianna: Ooh! Did you see that little hip movement?
James: Yeah. Kevin: What a frikkin’ triumph for GOT7. My gosh. Isaac: They’re good.
Kevin: This song is alive. I’m highly overwhelmed Umu: So, what do you like about that song? It’s so minimalistic, but also hard hitting at the same time. Fiona: Well, I could tell Umu liked it! It was light, they all sing falsetto well, it had cool rhythmic “doops” once in a while. Daniel: I was expecting a really hard beat drop, and they’re like “GET UP!!”
Fiona: Okayyy yeah~ Daniel: But then it wasn’t that, and it was super chill and like…yeah, I like this.
Fiona: You guys are cool. Daniel: It’s like they went the other way deliberately and maybe possibly at a risk, because I feel like we’re all just kind of, especially with pop music and with K-pop music, we’re all just kind of expecting something to hit hard, and to make us bounce…
Fiona: I’m a man! Daniel: But I think this piece just really sets the expectation where you’re just like, you can also enjoy music that’s also intense and beautiful, but not have to be aggressive about it, you know. Umu: What was ‘wow’ about that?
Nick and Aaron: (singing) Nick: Wow! It’s like stuck in my head.
Aaron: I’ll just I’ll just list all the great things I liked about it: So, catchy bass line. You know, I’m not I’m not against using simple things because it’s fun. It’s fun for everyone to listen to that. And when it’s a little too complex I get distracted, but when it’s really simple, then it’s easy to formulate an opinion and sorry- And then they’re all just really hot. And the leather suits, along with the silk suits, along with all of the different lighting, and the very flirtatious, dare I say, dancing, I was just like, all about it. And then all of the contrasts that we got between the very low, bouncy-sounding percussion and then the seemingly falsetto, maybe, tenor voices, and then their rapper, they all have like this very like, contrasty feel. And it was all very like, workin’ for me Nick: I don’t like it when my artists talk to me in the middle of a song. I know it’s supposed to be sexy and intimate and it’s like he’s whispering in your ear, but it’s just creepy as hell when you, you know. That like actually,
Aaron: That…yeah. That made me a little uncomfy.
Nick: I don’t know who this is. Umu: yOU ArE mY LovE
Nick Yeah, no, that’s like….
Umu: You are the reason for my life! Cloud: Dude, that speaking thing, when he was like, “If you’re not there, then neither am I” or like “I don’t exist” or whatever, gave me flashes to those like, there are gods, but if nobody believes in the gods, then the gods just like cease to exist kind of thing. Like, that felt very…
Henry: Like Santa? Cloud: Yeah! Yeah, if you watched Rise of the Guardians, there like a while thing where they’re like, Santa Claus won’t exist anymore if people don’t believe in Santa Claus. Like the whole point of those people existing is that people believe in them? So then like to kill Santa in Rise of the Guardians, all you have to do is convince people that Santa isn’t real.
Henry: So GOT7 is Santa. Cloud: They’re idols, but like, are they Gods, though? Like if people don’t believe in them, if people don’t want to listen to them, Umu: Okay, so to summarize, what you’re trying to say is
GOT7 are gods. Henry; GOD7
Cloud Yeah. Henry: OOOHHH!!! Cloud: Dude, the bass in their songs slaps!
Henry: You know how I know this? Zumba Cloud: My sister said this to me. She was like, listen to this, you’ll love the bass, and I was like… Henry: Can you already kind of hear some similarities, like stepping down base? (singing) Umu: Ohhhh! Umu: Oh, my God, its the same.
Henry: See? it’s like the same thing, right?
Umu: Yeah. Henry: I really jam out to that during Zumba. And when I heard that I got really excited. It’s a precedented and successful musical idea.
Cloud: Yeah.
Henry: And I like it a lot. Brianna: That was cute
James: That was so interesting.
Brianna: And it’s like Charlie Puth. I f*ckin’ love Charlie Puth, because like intricate chords and the rhythm section is just vibing, and I love a good for rhythm section, especially the bass line. If the bass line is grooving bitch, I’ll f*ckin’ twerk right now. I don’t care. Anywhere! I would literally twerk at an ESO rehearsal. I don’t care, If Charlie Puth or something like that is playing, because it’s just like it makes you want to dance, and that’s what I love about music, and that’s why I love jazz much, is because like swing is based off of swing dancing. Music is supposed to make you dance, and this is the type of music that I love. James: I don’t know, we’ve heard a lot of K-pop songs that go for that make you want to dance sort of feel, but it’s so overt, it’s like the bass drop is major and like, huh!–Really overdone. But this, it was really, really tasteful, and like almost pulled back in a way, but it was still just as effective, which I’m really shook at. Because like, in my mind, you need a big bass drop for people to be like, ohhh! But it was so almost stripped back, which like, it totally f*cks with me, because it makes me realize that the things you need to make someone groove and feel it, you don’t need that much. Like, all you need is just a simple…. Like that was all there was.
Brianna: Yeah.
James: And then the bass line in the melody, it was…I’m like… I’m shook. Isaac: Overwhelmed.
Kevin: This is very good. I think it’s a perfect song Umu: Ooh!
Kevin: Everything…ahh! You know, the house vibe, the funk vibe, we’ve heard that type of stuff before–the delaying in the last chorus. But man, everything here… The production feels so fresh, and a lot of it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to overwhelm, you know. Like the radio airwaves, the loudness war, or whatever. It feels like it’s very much paying attention to a certain atmosphere and I think they really nailed the atmosphere and through that, all of the musical decisions were made, and there’s a mystery in some parts. It’s still a reserved type of outburst in other parts, and it’s…I love it.
Isaac: I think the atmosphere maybe is alluding to minimalism. Maybe taking things not so bombastically, like most, or different genres, where choruses are the ultimate fanfare or apex of the whole entire piece. Kevin: It’s not the classical music term minimalism, because that’s something very extreme. But yes, for pop music, this is definitely a more minimalist approach, I think. But also just very calculated and knowing it feels very aware of what the verse chorus, verse chorus, bridge chorus really means, you know, what it really is. Like you can write thousands of songs in that structure, but I feel like this particular composition is like a deeper, there’s a deeper, almost philosophical understanding of it. Like now we build up. Now we don’t give them what they want. Now we give them what they want. But now we subvert it. It’s like there’s a master, there’s almost someone looking inside a glass globe, you know, like a fortune teller like a voodoo fortune-teller going like, yes, I can control your fate. Daniel: No, no, no, no I do but it’s just like, oh! Wow, many surprises this morning.