As the musical voice of a generation, BTS can be described in many ways, but “burned out” was never assigned to them until today (Jan. 17) when the South Korean septet graced the world with their introspective new song “Black Swan.” The first single from their forthcoming Map of the Soul: 7 album, the members use the song to express their chilling feelings about how artists view their craft, and how they feel when their love of it is lost.
The atmospheric, haunting blend of mournful instrumentals and trap beats explores the artistic idea of how falling out of love with one’s craft is akin to death.
“The heart no longer races when hearing the music play," Suga sings during the reflective height of the song. "Seems like time has stopped/ Oh, that would be my first death/ I been always afraid of." RM follows: "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?" "No song affects me anymore/ Crying a silent cry,” Jimin mournfully relays a few moments later.