볼빤간사춘기 - 우주를 줄게 // Bolbbalgan4 - Galaxy
I recently discovered the indie duo thanks to YouTube’s “Recommended Videos”, and they have since become one of my favourite artists. Their popularity began from Superstar K, a Korean music audition tv show, and just a quick scroll through the web and social media, the duo is quickly taking space within the Korean music scene and capturing public's attention and love. I believe this song has been on the top of all Korean music charts for awhile since it came out.
And it’s not hard not to love Bolbbalgan4 (which translates to "Red Cheek Puberty") and their songs. Written and produced by the artists themselves, their songs are a mix of innocent love, dream-like imaginations and honest emotions. The full album RED PLANET is a world filled only with the two girls' colour, with diverse array of emotions of sweet, and sometimes sorrowful love.
In Korean, when describing how much one loves someone, they compare their love with the sky and land - "as much as the sky, as much as the land" ("하늘만큼 땅만큼"). The duo's case may be more similar to an English saying of "I love you to the moon and back." In "Galaxy," she loves the person as much as the galaxy, and she wants to become a pilot so she can fly anywhere with him. If she has to, she'll create a whole new Milky Way for him.
“어제는 내가 기분이 참 좋아서
지나간 행성에다가 그대 이름 새겨 놓았죠
한참 뒤에 별빛이 내리면
그 별이 가장 밝게 빛나요”
“Yesterday, because I was so happy
I wrote your name on a planet passing by
After awhile, starlights came down
Your star shines the brightest”
Ji-Young has a voice that immediately calms down any stressful, angry or sad mood, and Ji-Yoon's rhythmic rap is a nice break. The lyrics may be cheesy, but although the English translation takes it away, they are also very pretty and has a sweet innocence which the duo encaptures so well. Whenever I hear this song, I can't help but smile.
최근에 유튜브 보는 도중 볼빨간사춘기를 발견했다. 안지영의 허스키하면서 달콤한 목소리가 바로 내 귀를 사로잡았다. 순진한 사랑이 담긴 마음을 진정되게 해주며, 계속 듣고 들어도 기분을 좋게 만들어주는 노래다.