On 23 August 2021, Stray Kids return with their 2nd full album, NOEASY, and title track, ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’. With 13 other tracks on the album, the group has extended on their unique “mala-taste” genre [described as spicy (from malatang) and satisfies all tastes, like ‘God’s Menu’ and ‘Back Door’].
The title track, ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’, was written by 3RACHA (Bang Chan, Changbin and HAN) and composed by the trio alongside HotSauce.
About ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’
The song had caught the attention of many for its traditional Korean roots that Stray Kids had weaved into not only the music but also the music video. Keeping their promise, the group stuck to their own style while bringing something new to the table of their discography. The brass beats mixed in with traditional Korean instrumentals are accompanied by powerful rap and vocal verses. They speak up about sticking to their own path, no matter what others say, and sing with passion and pride. The chorus is catchy and mostly serves as an energetic dance break but not without an iconic line, “Man I’m not sorry, I’m dirty“.
The music video for ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’ shows how the creativity of Kpop MVs knows no bounds. Incorporating animation into their movements provided some smooth and powerful visuals that aided the song’s intense but playful energy. Set in a Joseon era Korean town, it bears similarities to a South Korean movie of the same name, ‘소리꾼‘ (trnsl. ‘The Singer’, 2020, dir. Cho Jung Rae). Their sharp movements during their impressive choreography only enhanced their confident aura. Dressed in mostly red, white, and black, ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’ shows immense growth from the rebellious boys to still rebellious but assured men.
Check out ‘소리꾼 (Thunderous)’ by Stray Kids here –
All credits belong to JYP Entertainment.