As you stick this song on repeat and rock out while you’re getting ready for class or work or however else you choose to fill your days you will be thinking—my god I hate this song.
I made a resolution a while back to check out some of the relatively new groups floating about instead of just pandering to the already swollen fanbase of some for the more well-known groups. With this in mind I decided to check out Block B’s new MV Nanrina. I almost wish I hadn’t.
It’s always refreshing to see an MV open with an ultimately unrelated piece of drama because it’s so rare nowadays. We see one member staring perplexedly at the words 7.30 graphitised on a wall and another nonchalantly knocking back some strange concoction while ignoring a woman being hassled behind him. I hoped this signalled the beginning of a dramatic and gripping MV. It did not.
The moment the music kicked in I knew this was going to be one of those songs about which I regretted being curious. It was bad enough whenever I saw the title I was reminded of the Chronicles of Narnia but now I simply cannot get this damn song out of my head. It follows me around like a storm cloud follows an emo. And that just isn’t good.
There really isn’t a lot to be said about the song itself: repetitive but energetic pretty much sums it up. The music seems to never vary and being unable to speak Korean I of course cannot comment on the lyrics and I do not have it in me to look up a translation. I’m a little amused one of the unsurprisingly inserted English lines might be I dunno I dunno I dunno but I’m hard, hard. I’m sure it’s hot, but I kind of hope it’s the former. Actually, I really hope it is.
In any case, the song itself is nothing inspiring: it is repetitive to the point of being irritating and achieves no form of musical climax. That is to say, it’s not particularly interesting. Regardless, the more you listen to Nanrina, the more you will find yourself wanting to listen to it. And that is not because it’s any great musical masterpiece—more due to the fact that you just can’t get it out of your head. That chorus will leave your ears bleeding for more. But even as you stick this song on repeat and rock out while you’re getting ready for class or work or however else you choose to fill your days you will be thinking—my god I hate this song. I know I was.
The video is no more interesting than the song itself. Despite the attempt at drama aroused by the ominous ‘Team Black Dragon’ and ‘Team Red Tiger’ left lingering across the screen at the video’s opening it does not aspire to much more than delinquents strutting through various backdrops and dancing around on rooftops like primitive beings. Presumably Black Dragon and Red Tiger are the opposing gangs that inevitably take time out from the music video to beat the crap out of each other but that is no more interesting than the alternate shots of kids bouncing around on couches flailing fists at the camera.
For me, the choreography was the highlight, and possibly not for the reason it should be. While I don’t mean to criticize whatever dancing talent Block B may possess, the choreography for this track resembled some form of aggressive animal attempting to provoke onlookers into battle. It really is no wonder the term Gorilla Dance has taken off around the internet.
Despite having ripped this video to shreds, there is something about this song I cannot drag myself away from. I don’t hate the song. Well, actually, I kind of do; I want to groan whenever I hear that bass line start up but I can’t seem to anything but dip my head like a badass along to the beat. Because with that infernal chorus and choreography akin to a gorilla trying to master flight, Nanrina refuses to be forgotten.