After making pulses race with their late-summer banger “HIT” final month, Seventeen are again with “Concern,” a simmering single that ups the dramatic ante — each sonically and lyrically. The fashionable launch indicators the official arrival of what their followers affectionately name “Darkteen,” an idea that finds the 13-member Korean group experimenting with extra mature themes, moodier visuals, and diversifying their signature vibrant, effusive sound with a distorted bass line, haunting falsettos, and a hard-hitting hook.
Produced by member Woozi and the group’s frequent collaborator, Bumzu, “Concern” is a monitor that additionally retains you guessing with delicate prospers — just like the startling use of silence on the second verse; Jeonghan’s ethereal whispers are a distinction to the sudden vacancy of the manufacturing. For a single, it is yet one more evolution for Seventeen — a transition into the darkish depth of the unknown. (Although, admirers of the group’s playful “Freshteen” sound can hearken to “Snap Shoot,” a full of life B-side off their newest album, An Ode, out now.)
In accordance with the official description of the tune on YouTube, the only “explores concern as an emotion they face throughout their artistic course of. Because the members search inside for perception, the agony they endure assist them develop one step additional as artists.” The lyrics converse of the toxic feeling of concern. Rapper Wonwoo kicks off the tune with a blistering assertion: “I am poison.” The placing choreography finds the members ingesting ingesting from a chalice created from their palms. Because the tune goes on, the poison consumes them.
As a visible, “Concern” is equally intoxicating. Wealthy hues and quite a lot of textures give the video a darkish, cinematic really feel. The temper matches the depth of the tune, as every member exists in their very own dramatic setting, alone and indifferent from the others. They solely come collectively for the mesmerizing efficiency sequences.
“Concern” is not what we have come to anticipate from Seventeen, a bunch recognized for his or her partaking performances and boyish charms. The final time the group delivered such a sonic switch-up was 2017’s EDM-heavy “Do not Wanna Cry.” However “Concern” is even heavier; it is stronger, extra brutally trustworthy. However boys ultimately change into males, and “Concern” is the manifestation of such rising pains. “As we have made every album, we have come to understand the music we need to make and what we need to say to our followers have began to converge,” Woozi informed MTV Information in July. “The tales we need to inform are the identical tales we need to inform our followers.”
And so long as Seventeen maintain pouring themselves into their music — the highs, the lows, and the entire ugly feelings in-between — then their followers will maintain listening.