House of the Dragonfly
Busker Busker, “Love, At First”
I’m surprised I haven’t yet told my Busker Busker story. Here is my Busker Busker story:
At first, I didn’t like Busker Busker. I really liked the instrumentals, but I really disliked Jang Beom-Jun’s voice. Just the sound of it was not soothing to me, and it kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
But then I started packing to move to Japan a little more than a year ago. Not only did I have to pack, but I also had to paint my room. While living with my parents, we had renovated the house and my parents had allowed me to paint my room any colors, under the stipulation that I paint it back to a “normal” color before I moved out. Well, apparently seafoam and dark lilac are not “normal” colors, so before moving halfway across the world I spent a day painting my beautiful room to baby barf yellow.
During that day, I spent quite a great deal of time listening to SoulNB, my favorite Korean music internet radio station. Busker Busker’s first album was seeing a huge amount of success in Korea at this point, so many of their songs got played on SoulNB… over and over and over again. Textbook mere-exposure effect. (Aside: this session also embedded a likeness for many other songs, some of which might not otherwise have such a strong affect on me: Wonder Girls’ “Like This,” the entirety of Younha’s SuperSonic album, Park Jin-Young’s “너뿐이야,” Mighty Mouth’s “나쁜놈” Hyunseung and Hyuna’s “Troublemaker,” Narsha’s cover of the Ra.D song, “I’m in Love,” Jo Kwon’s “I’m da One,” and the first time I heard 10cm, “Only U.”)
I have since come to adore Busker Busker, including the uniqueness of Jang Beom-Jun’s voice, and “Love, at First” is no exception. The instrumentals honestly almost barely slightly remind me of Coldplay. The meaning of the song is summed up in the last few moments of the beautifully-shot, artistic video: the ice cream cone lying on the ground. “Love, at First” is, for the most part, actually not about love at first, but love at the end, when you finally realize that the things that had made you long for that person no longer hold any attraction.
But THAT VIDEO. I have two distinct moments that hit me really strongly: the first is at the beginning when the screen is split and each view is tilted sideways, watching them walk away from each other in different directions. The second is about two minutes in, when they splice shots of the girl twirling her straw in her drink, then the guy doing the same thing, then the girl momentarily realizing what she was doing. Subtle and the timing was well-done.
Honestly, I just feel bad for not having listened to the rest of their album yet. Despite being busy, I feel like Busker Busker really deserves for me to go out of my way and listen to everything they have to offer. Therefore I may update this post later with additional tracks that I find exceptional.