BTS Opens Up with New Track, ‘Black Swan’

Published on January 17, 2020

BTS’ first single from their highly anticipated album, Map of the Soul: 7 is here. But the song is unlike anything they have released in the past.

Completing PHASE 01 in the K-Pop group’s comeback schedule is the release of “Black Swan.” The song, co-written by leader and rapper Kim Namjoon (RM), becomes BTS’ darkest track since “Fake Love” came out in 2018. The song’s lyrics reveal the fear of falling out of love with your passion and becoming “burnt out.” In BTS’ case, that would be their love of music. Towards the end, rapper Min Yoongi (Suga) describes how he won’t let this fear consume him.

Slowly, I open my eyes / I’m in my workroom, it’s my studio / The waves go darkly by in a throe / But I’ll never get dragged away again / Inside / I saw myself, myself…

Accompanying the track’s release is a special art film, which does not feature the group. In place of BTS are members from the Slovenian MN Dance Company. The video opens with a quote from late dancer Martha Graham:

A dancer dies twice—once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful.”

RM references this quote in his lyrics:

If this can no longer resonate / No longer make my heart vibrate / Then like this may be how / I die my first death / But what if that moment’s right now / Right now

Throughout the video, the dancers provide a moving performance, with the main dancer moving his wings like a black swan. In addition, the instrumentals used in the video contrast to the studio version. Instead of the haunting, pop beat we hear in the digital release, the video provides us with an eerie, orchestral melody to accompany the dancers.

What Do ARMYs Think?

Some fans of BTS believe that the usage of different instrumentals were intentional, to make listeners feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, one ARMY pointed out that the voices of all seven members seem to blend together throughout the song, making it difficult to differentiate who is singing.

Others also said that the eeriness heavily reminded them of Darren Aronofsky’s film, Black Swan.

Following the release of “Black Swan,” BTS revealed that they will be heading back to The Late Late Show with James Corden to perform the song live for the first time.

You can catch their Late Late performance on January 28. The full release of Map of the Soul: 7 comes out on February 21.

Lexi Jones is an award-winning journalist and Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Las Vegas, she covers startup brands in entertainment, internet and LGBTQ+ startup news. She is also an editor of Grit Daily's "Top 100" entrepreneur lists.

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