You Calling My Name is a revolutionary concept for ahgases, especially those that have stood their ground since the beginning. Unprecedented in sound as well as style, the approach shifts from enigmatic synth sounds paired with powerful vocals to soft, seductive utterances and "sorrowful" verses.
Clad in fitted leather suits - with some strategically positioned slits - the MV depicts a desire for one's name to be called, along with regret for having caused feelings of pain to a past lover. The foundation of the song stemmed from fanchants, an impactful element of live performances and, especially, concerts.
In the 90-minute-long showcase, the boys discussed the back stories behind B-side tracks, choreography trivia, and the members' individual efforts to sharpen themselves in preparation for the comeback. Leading up to the comeback, the already lanky maknae lost 3-4 kilograms, while our sunshiney otter summoned absolute willpower to drop 8 kilograms (the equivalent of 17-18 pounds!!), even exercising after hours amidst a global world tour. His efforts did not go unnoticed, for the 96-liner is rapidly rising on my list. Crash & Burn showcases his charisma and extensive vocal range, which is only further enhanced by smoky makeup and coloured lenses.
As for the title track, 니가 부르는 나의 이름 (You Calling My Name), there is not a single member engaged in the K-Pop scene who can deny the dynamic of my husbae. His newfound confidence enabled stylists to dress him in mesh and see-through apparel, moreover dismissing the all-too-frequent undershirt layers spotted in previous comebacks. My sanity, as well as the the minds of countless others, were thoroughly degenerated with the mere sight of him. New ahgases shall never comprehend the lengthy journey that was exposure beyond the neck and forearms.
The physical album was - and still is - beautiful, of course. Photobook contents did not adhere to the customary age-based sequence, therefore resulting in anxious flips of the page; units graced different sections of the booklet, while (closeup) solo shots followed suit.
I am a being that values words, but even more so actions - specifically, acting upon those words.
But in a world where time is limited and desires are vast, and restrictions of three utterances per member is imposed during ten-second hi-touches, many of these thoughts are reluctantly suppressed. These unfulfilled objectives reverberate within the sheath of one's body, deflecting off the organs as would a 90s-inspired pinball machine, ultimately becoming words that carry on in one's mind. Mere words that may mean less than a grain of sand to anyone outside the fandom, but hold colossal connotation amongst the like-minded. I am referring to none other than the meaning of being an ahgase.
To each their own, and to each their respective fandom. The IGOT7 referrence is as significant to me as my name and occupational title. For not only is it an indispensible part of my lifestyle, it assumes a portion of my identity - something accrued with experience, something that has withstood the test of time, and something that manifests continually with the passing of each and every day.
Us, as "baby birds", were granted the ability to fly,
To be liberal in this expansive, indeterminate world.
To soar, as high as our wings will enable us and as far as our dreams extend.
To flutter and possibly falter, because hindrances are inevitable.
And to glide, once adequate strength has been mustered to rule out the negativities in our immediate vision.
We were bestowed a nest - a home to call our own
With entry unbound by season, economy, nor country.
It was nest that extended far and wide, wherever GOT7's music had penetrated.
Home Sweet Home
The spot where one commences the early stages of his or her life,
The place that encourages when spirits have been devastated,
And, lastly, the destination providing ultimate comfort when one wishes for nothing more than consolation.
An ahgase never betrays this bond -
Defined by family, integrity, and strength.
GOT7 taught us that there is no stronger force than a unified promise.
Who Am I?
I'm the one that talks fashion and K-Pop randoms behind Quirky Aesthetics, the one who contributes honest opinions about commercial beauty items on Review Junkie, the one that obsessively shares photos of food on Pinterest, the one that loves her DSLR more than her own being and the one that wants to work in the transportation sector for a living.