BTS' RM Reflects on His Relationship With 'Seoul' In Lyric-Focused Video: Watch
On Monday, fans were gifted with RM’s seven-track Mono mixtape (stylized mono.) and the “Forever Rain” animated music video. As a follow-up, Tuesday (Oct. 23) saw the BTS leader share a lyric-focused video for “Seoul.”
Featuring cinematic shots of Seoul, South Korea, over the song’s Honne-crafted, lo-fi melody, the lyric video vividly depicts the city as RM sings about his tense relationship with the place he calls home, which he introduces as having a “harmony” that’s “familiar to me.”
References to some of the city's most prominent features, like the Han River, Cheonggyecheon stream and Seonyudo island, are featured in the wordplay-filled lyrics ("And the Han River that bears too much han") as RM depicts his torn feelings toward the South Korean capital. "I already love even your fumes and the nastiness," he says. "'It's a nice place to live if you have money,'" he quotes taxi drivers saying.
The “Seoul” video features a brief shot of RM sitting in a car outside a convenience store on the edge of the Han, and includes a short phone conversation where he describes his plans to leave. Ostensibly referring to his departure from where he's at that moment, the dialogue comes just after the song's bridge in which he sings "I'm livin' you/ I'm leavin' you" on repeat, addressing the city.
The music video was directed by YongSeok Choi of Lumpens with assistant directors Guzza, HyeJeong Park and MinJe Jeong, also from Lumpens. HyunWoo Nam of GDW acted as the director of photography and Joonki Min of Sunshine Underground is credited with composition.
The Mono mixtape -- or playlist, as the BTS member has dubbed it -- was released Monday just as the group finished the European leg of their Love Yourself world tour. It is RM’s second solo song collection, following 2015’s RM mixtape.
Watch the music video for “Seoul” here: