– Umu: Ah… AKMU.
– Hugo: YES, FUCKIN YES *Rossini’s Semiramide Overture plays* – Umu: This is “Melted,” the music video. – Umu: It actually has like quite a beautiful message behind it and so I’ll be reading the lyrics afterwards, but yeah, just enjoy. – Lindsey: 3, 2, 1 – Hugo: I love that piano.
– Jeremy: Yeah, no, I already like it – Hugo: Like with the descending and then like… – Hugo: Oh shit. That cello and orchestra. – Fiona: Striiiinnngsss – Hugo: Waiting for the beat. – Naoki: Oh, nice. – Lindsey: It’s like “Heart and Soul,” kinda.
– Davis: Minor “Heart and Soul,” yeah. Lament bass “Heart and Soul.” – Yunyi: They got that swing. – Fiona: Why is he white?
– Henry: Yeah, why is he a Caucasian man? – Henry: It’s freaking me out.
– Fiona: Sorry, it’s just like, alarming. – Emiel: *scoffs* – Kevin: Man, her voice. – Jeremy: I really like this. This is like, a really cool duet.
– Hugo: Yeah. – Shimon: Is this America? – Lindsey: Oh, this is cool sounding! Her voice is very jazzy.
– Davis: YeEAh – Lindsey: It’s like, it’s like uhh… – Davis: He’s like what what’re you lookin’ at?
– Lindsey: It’s like Fiona Apple kinda. – Shimon: Oh no, they’re driving on the left side of the road. Never mind. – Emiel: Ho they kicked him out the car – Fiona: Yeah cuz he was photographing… stuff. – Yunyi: Oh, they’re singing together in a duet! That’s not something they really do. – Lindsey: Honestly, this is weird to me because— – Lindsey: Oh there, we go. Cuz I was gonna say—like, now, it’s less weird— – Lindsey: I was going to say like, I feel like we need like, like a… like a – Lindsey: …jazz drumbeat in here. There still isn’t one, – Lindsey: …but the guitar kind of came in with the little…
– Davis: Yeah, you need some sort of rhythm section – Lindsey: A little more but like I feel like you need it like a
– Davis: A rhythm section instrument – Davis: Something to keep time, yeah.
– Lindsey: Yeah. – Yunyi: This is very different from what AKMU…
– Kevin: *makes noises of agreement*
– Yunyi: …that we’ve heard – Yunyi: But I *really* like it. – Fiona: It’s more folky. – Hugo: And even their unisons are great. Like, ugh. – Yunyi: Man, after playing really out of tune harpischord stuff for like, the past hour, it’s just really satisfying to hear in-tune octaves sung together. – Fiona: There’s so much conflict! – Emiel: *agreeing* Yeah. – Hugo: It’s also interesting because you’ve got two different, like… – Hugo: There’s no solid like, this is where this takes place. Like, it could very easily take place in California, or… – Kevin, Yunyi: Diversity.
– Yunyi: *nodding* – Jeremy: Or anywhere.
– Hugo: Yeah. – Henry: Everyone’s so pissed off about happy things.
– Fiona: I know, why can’t they just chill? – Jeremy: I *really* dig this music. – Jeremy: Wait, when did it switch from piano to guitar? – Hugo: I don’t know. And the drips. – Emiel: He’s got a beautiful voice.
– Henry: I just really dig this song. It’s—it’s the guy. – Naoki: Ah, no! What is this? – Yunyi: So instrumentation is cello, violin, guitar, piano. – Yunyi: Voice. – Yunyi: It’s an interesting quintet. – Henry: It reminds me of Ben Folds. That’s why I dig it so much.
– Fiona: It’s just so minor and like, creepy. – Emiel: I’m trying to really focus so I can understand the story. – Hugo: Oh, his backpack’s in the back of her car. – Fiona: I like what the strings in the background like, it’s just like an extra layer that makes it cooler. – Shimon: Oh, no. – Lindsey: And then. Oh my god! Bartender! – Lindsey: The fuck? – Kevin: Parallel fifths. – Emiel: Oh!
– Fiona: The camera’s the only thing he has left.
– Emiel: No, his camera’s gonna break or something. – Fiona: Oh, gosh. – Yunyi: I didn’t know the brother could sing so well. – Hugo and Jeremy: *are shocked* :O – Hugo and Jeremy: :O – Lindsey: Oh my god! – Fiona: *sighs* – Davis: Oh, that’s so sad. – Naoki: Oh wait, *he’s* the one that’s arrested? – Fiona: This isn’t fair! – Henry: *holds hand up* BOI.
(henry you meme) – Fiona: This is really sad. – Emiel: This story is kind of messed up. – Fiona: I like how they’re singing together… – Fiona: …but you don’t even know. It just sounds like, the color of their voices just sounds so nice. – Naoki: Oh, was that him when he was younger? – Naoki: He’s like, reminiscing. – Davis: oh oHH it’s him! OH! – Davis: He’s like HA!
– Lindsey: It’s him in the future? – Davis: Yeah. He’s just like fuck, remember when my life was TERRIBLE? -Emiel: aww they’ll be friends
– Fiona: No! Aw it’s so sad! *has a mental breakdown* – Henry: That doggo does not like you, brother.
– Fiona: He lost his childhood innocence, – Fiona: …in the 4 minutes and 29 seconds in this videos that’s been going on. – Yunyi: Oh, it starts with the same piano part that opens it. – Fiona: Yell. Scream! – Fiona, whispering: This is so depressing. – Emiel: Geez. – Emiel: This is deep.
– Fiona: No, everyone’s not reading him right! – Davis: Aw, and then this guy helped him… and now he’s able to be the man he is today. – Davis: Said, “awe your camera’s fucked up, but I gotchu fam.”
-Lindsey: He’s repairing his camera! – Davis: Friendship.
– Lindsey: You find friends in the most unusual places. That’s so cute, oh my god. – Davis: AKMU is tHE SHIT! – Davis: I love AKMU.
– Lindsey: That’s so cute! – Jeremy: Whoa, this was so deep.
– Hugo: Mmmmm. It was SOOO GOOOOD Fiona: It was like spiritual.
– Henry: Whoa.
– Emiel: Whoa.
– Henry: I don’t know how I feel about that. – Henry: Yeah, that was just confusing.
– Fiona: It just like, it made me really sad. – Hugo: I love them so much! – Jeremy: Wait, what? Wait, was the old man him?
– Hugo: Yeah!
– Jeremy: Okay, that’s what I thought. – Jeremy: Oh my god, whoa. That was intense.
– Hugo: And he was looking back on, ugh. – Umu, off-screen: Do you want me to read the lyrics? – Hugo: Fuck yeah!
– Jeremy: Yeah. – Umu, off-screen: The blue ocean that the red sun used to wash its face turns black. – Umu: The white sky that had clouds and rain and the wind turns gray. – Umu: I leave the darkness that find in my heart even the cold shadow that covers the night starts to harden. – Umu: If the ice melts, a warmer song would have come out, but why is the ice so cold? – Umu: Why is it so cold? Why are they so cold? Why are they so cold? – Umu: The blue ocean that the red sun used to wash his face. – Umu: I look at the past warmth that is deeply buried, too late to get it out – Umu: I wish the cold in the world of adults would be gone too, I wish the frozen love will melt away now – Umu: I leave the darkness that fight in my heart; even the cold shadow that covers the night starts to harden. – Umu: If the ice melts, a warmer song would have to come out, but why is the ice so cold? – Umu: Why is it so cold? – Lindsey: ‘Cause it needs to be MELTED *finger guns*
– Umu: Yeah, exactly. – Hugo: Oh, my God. – Jeremy: Well, that’s really intense.
– Hugo: And that’s like, good poetry too. It’s not just like random like, “I love you, you love me.” – Emiel: Yeah. – Henry: That’s cute.
– Emiel: It makes sense. – Fiona: That was—that was a wild ride.
– Umu, off-screen: All right, so the song? – Fiona: I liked it.
– Henry: Oh, it was good. – Fiona: I liked the use of—their octave unisons.
– Henry: It reminded me of Ben Folds and I love Ben Folds. – Henry: LOVE Ben Folds, so. – Umu: Yeah, how do you think the music carried that out? – Yunyi: Well, it definitely conveys that message.
– Kevin: *enthusiastic thumbs up*
– Yunyi: It—you know after… – Yunyi: I think, talking about how the music video and the song didn’t quite fit for the last—
– Kevin: For that *one*. – Yunyi: It was a couple of videos, but this one I think really worked together. – Hugo: Their singing was like—those harmonies!
– Jeremy: It was really good!
– Hugo: It was so simple, but it was like – Jeremy: It was like, really like, intense.
– Hugo: Yeah, and the acoustic instruments with the keyboard and the guitar. – Jeremy: I like that. I like that a lot. I prefer that over, like – Jeremy: synth and uh, – Jeremy: …bigger. Like, louder things, you know?
– Hugo: It made me so happy. – Yunyi: It’s just not… the AKMU that we’ve been shown or we’re familiar with, but it’s still done really well. – Kevin: I can still see this being AKMU. Like there’s something in the music that is a bit more acoustic, a bit more…
– Yunyi: Yeah. – Kevin: Yeah.
– Yunyi: The instrumentation. – Kevin: Yeah – Kevin: there’s something that still makes me feel like, “Oh, yeah, this is AKMU.”
– Yunyi: I like how they didn’t overplay the strings. – Yunyi: Like, cuz you know like strings, string orchestras usually like that… – Yunyi: That sort of cliche sound. Like that heart-wrenching moment? – Kevin: One thing that works is they introduce the strings from the beginning so there’s no moment like in the—in the bridge where the strings suddenly soar.
– Yunyi: I mean yeah, but even— – Yunyi: Even like, later on, because it starts off with like, sort of like – Yunyi: It’s—it’s a cello or something that starts off in the beginning with guitar and piano? – Yunyi: But then like they introduced the string orchestra and it gets louder – Yunyi: But it’s never like, like you know over overwhelmingly sappy. They always kind of kept it more in the background. – Yunyi: I really appreciated that. -Umu, off-screen: Okay, so now we’re moving onto their most recent song. – Umu: Now the brother is serving his time in the army, yeah. – Umu: So… what they did is they released a short film that we’ll be reacting to next year. – Umu: It’s 20 minutes long, and what they did is they cut all the footage down and they put some of it in “Play Ugly” -Umu: that we’ve already reacted to, and also in this one, so it might be a little bit confusing story-wise, but otherwise yeah – Umu: This is their song Last Goodbye.
– Hugo: I’m prepared to have my heart fucking broken. [same] Emiel: Five four three two one, ding. Shimon: *sings along* Wow, okay.
Naoki: Yeah. – Henry: Oh my god – Henry: *screams* – Jeremy: Oh, I recognize that. – Shimon: I wasn’t actually expecting it to be. – Yunyi: Canon in D but the chords are different! – Hugo: *hums along* – Jeremy: Ooh, bringing it into minor. – Naoki: Well, it changed there, the harmony.
– Shimon: They’re using different harmonies, even within it(?). – Lindsey: The bass is not at all, it’s just the melody of Pachelbel, but like, it’s not the actual—
– Umu: It’s not descending thirds. – Davis: Yeah.
– Lindsey: Yeah. *sees japanese writing* *speaking in japanese*
– Shimon: Can you read it?
– Naoki: Yeah of course! – Shimon: Read it!
*super happy* – Henry, Emiel, Fiona: *jamming out* – Henry: *feelin it* – Emiel: It’s very intimate. – Fiona, smacking herself: Just makes me wanna smack myself. [oh] – Fiona: For percussion reasons. – Henry & Emiel: *wtf* – Henry: *freaking out* – Emiel: *wtf* – Henry: The oversized sweater that you can put up over your chin and also over most of your hands are so cute.
– Fiona: I know right! – Fiona: This is so fall. – Fiona: You know? – Hugo: *swooning* – Hugo, Emiel, and Fiona: *jamming out pt.2* – Yunyi: Good that they don’t actually use the Pachelbel chords.
– Kevin: *agreeing* – Hugo & Jeremy: *swooning* – Naoki: His voice is really good. – Lindsey: They still like, they just have such beautiful voices and they just blend—like their harmonies are so nice together. – Fiona: Where’s my lighter? *makes lighter sound* – Davis: This is exactly what a goodbye would sound like, musically. – Henry: This is the first AKMU song where I’m like, “Meh.” – Lindsey: This sounds like an ending credits song of something. – Lindsey: Like, it totally does. – Fiona: The last one was just so different, it had so much intrigue. – Emiel: It’s definitely a mellow—a mellow song. – Henry: They’re so cUTe – Yunyi: I like the castanets.
– Kevin: They love their minor 4’s so much in this song. – Kevin: They even moved us from the Canon in D just to make it minor 4.
– Yunyi: I know right. [melody changes]
– Shimon: Wheuhhhh
– Naoki: Whoa, that was weird. – Lindsey: Whoa.
– Davis: Yeah. – Lindsey: It’s like, weird, like, warped Pachelbel. – Lindsey: *sings warped Pachelbel* – Lindsey: Like the pitches were just not there, but it was like, *it*. But then it— *lindsey.exe has stopped working* – Fiona: I think the strings in the background are unnecessary. – Yunyi: Yes! Return of the castanets. – Henry: They’re a weird texture.
– Emiel: This is like campfire music. – Jeremy: This is so upbeat for a last goodbye. – Fiona: Did the license plate say Arkansas or Alaska? – Henry & Emiel: *laugh* – Henry: Probably neither. – Naoki: I feel—this could be the closing theme song to like, a movie or something. – Yunyi: I like how the string quartet kinda pokes out every once in a while.
– Kevin: *agreeing* -Naoki: Those strings—high strings—just makes it so sad. – Davis, softly: It just sounds like anguish. – Davis: And just, they sound so sad. – Henry: oH they’re terracing!
– Fiona: They’re—! – Henry: OH melodic terracing! – Henry: whoAAAA – Lindsey: It’s got little like, excerpts of Pachelbel in it! It went – Lindsey: *sings the last part* – Lindsey: But then it stopped. – Yunyi & Kevin: *jamming* – Naoki: See, they said “mitenai” again.
*japanese word* – Shimon: That sounds like Japanese.
– Naoki: Yeah, it does. – Naoki: Is it?
[ no it’s not ] – Yunyi: I dig the castanets so much. You wouldn’t think that castanets would work in this song, but it just works. – Yunyi: I feel like that’s all I’ve been talking about. – Yunyi: The damn castanets. – Henry, Emiel, Fiona: *having a good laugh* – Umu: What happened? – Fiona: I don’t know.
– Henry: Five did NOT cadence to one. – Fiona: It was a shocker. We were all confused. – Emiel: I love how their body movements are just like, very like, stiff – Emiel: As though they’re expressing themselves and it’s the same back and forth bob, back and forth. – Henry: What is happening to the video, it’s like all— – Henry: Is that supposed to be happening?
– Fiona: I think that’s intentional. – Yunyi: Oh, that’s so good! They take the Canon in D’s theme but then they slow it down. – Yunyi: And re-harmonizing. That’s so good. – Naoki: Oh is that a period? *sings the part* or whatever it is. – Davis: See, yeah, it’s like really close. – Lindsey: Yeah like they *almost* do.
– Davis: Yeah but then they add some passing tones like that last time. – Kevin: Terrence Malick! – Kevin: Put that in there.
– Yunyi: Kenny in D? Canon in G? [the meme team strikes again] – Naoki: Aw. – Emiel: *sings* – Hugo: I’m not crying, you’re crying. – Lindsey: Aw. Yeah, I feel like I just like, watched the end of like, a movie musical. – Kevin: That’s wonderful. – Kevin: It makes me feel very good. – Kevin: But like, melancholic good.
– Yunyi: It’s a good um, good closing song. Good farewell song. – Umu: So yeah, how do you feel about the Pachelbel? – Lindsey: It was kind of weird, but I liked it because it wasn’t literally Pachelbel. – Naoki: It seemed like they used that motif, the *sings melody of Canon in D* throughout the song – Naoki: like, even when they had the lyrics as well. *shimon.exe has stopped working* – Shimon: I liked both of those music videos, they were like really… – Shimon: deep. – Shimon: And you could tell they really translated the sadness that they have of – Shimon: her brother leaving. – Naoki: Wait, is Akdong Musician also AKMU?
– Umu: Mmhm.
– Naoki: Oh. – Jeremy: That was so beautiful! – Hugo: It made me so happy and so sad at the same time. – Hugo: Oh my God. That was really good though. – Hugo: The song itself was really good. The song itself was – Hugo: damn fine per usual. – Henry: I was not crazy about the song, which is unfortunate because I love AKMU. – Henry: They had the ability to be very – Henry: serious and like do the whole serious thing, but I – Henry: I just characterize them as the group that is so silly and carefree. – Kevin: The Beatles, “Let It Be.” [kevin how u do dis] – Kevin: That’s seven, that’s one. Then you go flat, and then plagal. Plagal cadence. *claps* – Umu: And so that’s what happens in this song? – Kevin: Yeah, but then they go into five so it’s like: *flawless piano playing* – Kevin: Not with that melody, obviously, but that’s the chords. – Kevin: *claps* That’s what makes the bridge so cool! I’m going to grab napkins. – Umu: Which one did you like better?
– Kevin: Oh boy. – Kevin: I liked the first one more. – Kevin: Mostly because of the Canon in C. – Yunyi: *confused*
– Kevin: It’s in C major, the second song. – Yunyi: You don’t like the Canon?
– Kevin: No, I don’t like how they used the Canon. I liked everything else about the second one though. – Yunyi: I think I like this one better. – Umu: What do you like about it?
– Yunyi: It’s really sentimental. – Hugo: I don’t—I don’t know. I think I think of these two, I liked the first one better? – Hugo: But I liked them both a lot. – Umu: What made Melted stand out to you? – Hugo: I think the harmonies, their voices and the harmonies. – Jeremy: I think I liked… – Jeremy: Last Goodbye better because, I mean, mostly because it was so touching and like the song got to me – Jeremy: but also like, I liked how they they used the— – Jeremy: What’s that from?
– Umu: Pachelbel?
– Jeremy: They used that, like they turned that into their song. Like obviously they elaborated on it a lot but I thought that was really clever and also I just loved how the juxtaposition between like what the song was about and the song itself, because the song was pretty upbeat. Hugo: Yeah. – Jeremy: The lyrics are so sad and like solemn, almost. – Hugo: Their lyrics are on point for their songs.
– Jeremy: Yeah.
– Hugo: Like damn. – Naoki: They’re both good.
– Shimon: They’re both good. – Naoki: I think I preferred Last Goodbye though. – Shimon: All right, why don’t you give both of them a point? – Umu: Half a point or a whole point? – Shimon: Whole point for both, for me. – Henry, Emiel, Fiona: MELTEDDDDD – Henry: This was just lame. The concept of the last one was so cool. – Henry: It was so unlike any other AKMU concept I’ve seen because most of the stuff, that I’ve seen at least, is like -Henry: like carefree, youthful. – Umu: Alright yeah, so which one do you like better, Melted or Last Goodbye? – Davis, whispering: Melted. – Lindsey: I liked Last Goodbye better, I think. I think it was more fun, especially because I was expecting it to be really sad-sounding. – Lindsey: And it wasn’t, it was just like, “Oh, this is the end of a chapter.” – Umu: Life will go on.
– Lindsey: Life will go on.