Top 5: BTS Explores “Black Swan”

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

Martha Graham

One of the things I love most about BTS is their vulnerability. It seems that once they started finding their style and expressing their own thoughts, there have been deep themes about connection and loss and the imminent end on the horizon, the feeling that the wave they’re riding won’t last forever. 

Their new song, “Black Swan”, explores this theme in depth, beginning with that soul-wrenching quote from Martha Graham. Come see what all the hype is about — I promise it’s worth it!

“Seoul Town Road” ON THE GRAMMYS!!

Before I get into all the “Black Swan” analysis, I have to acknowledge that BTS WAS ON THE GRAMMYS!! That was AWESOME! I loved the collaborative vibe they had with Lil Nas X — it really came through as they sang and danced together. Also, the harmonies. And Jimin’s high notes. And RM’s rap. THE WHOLE THING WAS SO MUCH FUN. Come watch!

“Black Swan” – Art Film

There is a distinct difference in the instrumental tracks to the art film version of “Black Swan” and the one released on Spotify. The art film version has an orchestral track, beautifully performed to complement the incredible dancers. I love that BTS feels free to explore through art, which brings us amazing pieces like this. Come feast your eyes and ears on the first version of this profound metaphor. 

“Black Swan” – Album Version

The trap version of “Black Swan” has its own haunting harmonies and depth. It’s the BTS atmosphere we’re most familiar with, bringing us closer to the boys and what they’re expressing. 

“Black Swan” – Classical Musicians React

This video Drama Geek shared with me is well worth watching. The reactors do a phenomenal job of pointing out the subtle elements that give this song even more depth and meaning, highlighting things I noticed but wasn’t able to put it in words. 

“Black Swan” – The Late Late Show with James Corden

I get the sense that BTS and James Corden have developed an incredible rapport. He relates well to them, and the set he provides for their first live performance of “Black Swan” is incredibly artistic and moody. You can tell there was a lot of thought and collaboration put into it. And the performance itself is touchingly beautiful — I was really struck by the fact that they danced barefoot, of all things. Feel free to comment and let me know what strikes you. 

BONUS TRACK: Hide and Seek with BTS

Ok, now to end on a lighter note. If you liked watching BTS play Flinch on The Late Late Show, you will LOVE this game of hide and seek! Come see who has the best hiding spot of all. Hint: It ain’t Jimin.

What do you think, k-fans? Are you excited for Map of the Soul: 7 to drop on February 21st? Comment below and let me know!

Until the next record spins, I remain —

Karie the Maknae

Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

One thought on “Top 5: BTS Explores “Black Swan”

  1. BTS really have given us some amazing content filled with meaning and depth (and lots of fun, hehe). I appreciate how much thought goes into everything they do. So excited for Map of the Soul: 7! 🙂

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