파란노을 (Parannoul) - 아름다운 세상 (Beautiful World)

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of Drive Time on KEXP, is "아름다운 세상 (Beautiful World)" by 파란노을 (Parannoul), from the 2021 album To See the Next Part of the Dream on POCLANOS.


 
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written by dusty henry

“I just hope there will be more active losers like me in the world,” South Korea-based shoegaze musician Parannoul says in the description of his sophomore album, To See The Next Part of the Dream. A self-described student writing music in his bedroom, Parannoul utilizes waves of fuzz and sensational melodic hooks to manufacture a fantasy world. To See The Next Part of the Dream is also a means of manifestation. Pulling from Parannoul’s nostalgia for the music of his youth and references to anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, the album tells the story of a fictional 21-year-old aspiring musician with the mind of a child and no actual ability to play guitar. 

Album opener “아름다운 세상 (Beautiful World)” sets the stage, well, beautifully. Waves of raucous guitars blitz against deliriously complex and invigorating math rock drum patterns. Hints of emo abound as well in Parannoul’s riffs and vocals. Translations of his lyrics find the album’s protagonist struggling against self doubt, culminating with, “I wish my young and stupid days to disappear forever/My precious relationships, now they're just in the memories.”

It’s an homage to the emotional push and pull of youth – the aspiration to be something greater than you are and feeling like it’s perpetually out of reach. Despite the characters’ shortcomings, Parannoul proves himself to be a more than adept artist, capturing adolescent angst perfectly with spectacular, distorted finesse.

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