Lately I get my K-pop kicks from whenever a Korean music video shows up on the front page of YouTube. It’s hard to resist. It’s right in my face. It’s popular. Is it good?
Today it was Brown Eyed Girls “Cleansing Cream.” I actually didn’t even see what the song was called, to be honest. I just watched the video.
I found it to be really captivating and the song seems pretty good. I didn’t care for “Sixth Sense” so I didn’t even bother to talk about it. It was a mediocre song with a lot of Narsha rolling around in sand. Not impressed. LOL! This song has a really beautiful sound to it. It seems earnest and a little heartbreaking. It also showcases everyone’s voices nicely.
“Cleansing Cream” really seems to be a song worth listening to again. I also liked the video because the story was kind of abstract but powerful in visuals. I immediately saw the following comment on YouTube so this informed my interpretation:
The little sister is blind representing pure/innocence. She admires her older sister and wants to connect with her. The older sister is unhappily married. The blind sister accidently touches her sister’s husband’s face. She’s fasincated (temptation). Her older sister sees this and doesn’t want her sister to make the same mistakes she made. Seeing her sister in makeup reminds her of when she was naive and innocent. Angered she tries to wash it off to prevent her from being hurt like she was. (User: rizhung)
To that I would like to add that it seems that the little sister is not just blind. She seems like she might be deaf as well. She also may be completely symbolic, representing a part of the older girl’s former self that she’d like to go back and change. It’s easy to fall for someone, and usually you become like a completely different person when you’re like that. Ignoring faults is a basic symptom of infatuation; it’s almost like you’re cut off from all your normal senses.
I just thought it was a well-made video because it really got me thinking. It complimented the song nicely.
However, I totally went, “WHAAAAAAAAAT?!” at the end because for a second I thought it was a commercial! HAHA! I thought BEG was releasing a cleansing cream and they made this entire song and video up just to advertise it. Despite thinking that, I still forgave it because I liked it all so much. However, reason soon took over and I am now pretty sure it’s just the title of the song and that’s it. Is that right? Lol, just checking.
What are your thoughts on this song and video? How does it compare to other BEG releases?