ARMY Reacts To BTS’s New Mind-Blowing Teaser For “IDOL” MV
Now that BTS’s teaser video for their comeback with “IDOL” is out, ARMYs all over the world are in awe over the clip, which is jam-packed full of exciting glimpses of what’s to come!
After its release at midnight KST on August 23, ARMY immediately took to Twitter to share their reactions and point out details they’ve noticed. Naturally, the hashtag “#IDOL” quickly shot to No. 1 on the list of Twitter’s worldwide trends.
BTS’s new teaser features a stunning combination of modern and traditional elements that showcase Korean culture. It begins with the image of a tiger, an important figure found throughout Korean folklore as well as in the nation’s foundation mythology, and the teaser shows it running against the background of a traditional painting.
Meanwhile, there’s that “glitch” in the video again…
— ٰ (@soleilhobi) August 22, 2018
The members are seen performing in a building that looks like a Korean pavilion, while wearing outfits inspired by traditional clothing. They added modern accessories, and fans were quick to notice their very contemporary footwear.
— ?민태? | mintae (@jeoniies) August 22, 2018
In addition to the music itself, even the lyrics include traditional elements, such as from pansori, a form of musical storytelling that originated among the lower classes during the Joseon Dynasty. One of RM’s lines also mimics the sound made by traditional drums, which are used in many forms of Korean music including pansori and samulnori.
This is Pansori. To put it simply, it is kind of like a musical. The women is telling a story by talking and singing to the audience. The man hits the drums called “Buk” and says exclamation words like Eol-soo! (the one namjoon says in the teaser), Eo-i! Eol-ssi-gu-na!@BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/4rJ3mDjDcB
— 알엠 아카이브? (@RM_ARCHIVE) August 22, 2018
It turns out RM even hinted at this in a previous tweet…
— Soo Choi (@choi_bts2) August 22, 2018
The pose they take at the end is also inspired by a traditional Korean form of dance, which fans have seen the group do before.
— //amoun? (@vantaenila) August 22, 2018
In addition, there could be more to Jungkook’s cough than it may seem…
Oh my- possibly explaining Jungkook’s cough and smirk at the end
When a yangban (member of the upper class of Korean society in the past) let’s out a fake cough, it means “I’m here so stop talking about me”
Are we going Ddaeng 2.0?! https://t.co/2LsxkHrRpJ
— JP ? (@agirlinthepark) August 22, 2018
Of course, there’s lots more to enjoy in the teaser beyond all these awesome traditional elements!
For example, that killer high note.
— han #IDOL (@barbiefobia) August 22, 2018
And this awesome parallel.
jungkook in dna: *whistling*
— issy #IDOL (@ksjhype) August 22, 2018
Also, we can’t forget how great this hair is.
— ˗ˏˋ ??? ˎˊ˗ (@pixieepjm) August 22, 2018
Many ARMYs are also excited over the connections between the “IDOL” teaser and BTS’s previous releases — like “DDAENG,” the rap line’s hard-hitting track from this year’s Festa, as well as “DNA,” BTS’s hit song from last fall.
— rania (@yourstaekook) August 22, 2018
Overall, ARMYs are eager to see the impact of “IDOL” when it drops on Friday.
These Korean guys from Korea, with their Korean song, in their traditional Korean clothing, are about to hit US charts in the hardest way possible, and I can't wait for the world to see.@BTS_twt #IDOL pic.twitter.com/Su0p7RSS3o
— Pen? (@dailyunnie) August 22, 2018
For now, ARMY’s got the teaser on loop!
— ᴊᴊᴋs ∞ (@jjksloop) August 22, 2018
BTS’s “Love Yourself: Answer,” featuring the title track “IDOL,” will be released on August 24 at 6 p.m. KST.
What are your thoughts on BTS’s new MV teaser?