Pentagon dropped an emotional MV for their lead track, “Daisy,” off their tenth extended play titled, We:th. In their first full album, we saw Pentagon reinvent themselves from a quirky and more immature concept to an angstier and more sorrowful vibe with their last track, “Dr. Bebe.” Pentagon continues to explore their dark side but returns to their mid-tempo melodies which incorporate more of their original style with their new concept. The MV uses dramatic imagery to display the gloominess of “Daisy”’s lyrics but also brings together the concept of new beginnings. While Pentagon may have struggled with their signature sound before, it feels more like they are coming into their own with this new single.
The MV contains no plot but uses imagery to create a melancholy tone that goes along with the theme of the song. The beginning of the MV leads you to believe it will be a slow-tempo ballad, but it surprisingly picks up to a mid-tempo melody that is started by Wooseok’s bratty-styled rap. While the song is not slow, it still tackles the angry and sad emotions one feels after a heartbreak.
The voice of the lyrics struggles with their feelings of rejection while being petty and wishing the worst on their formal lover. The voice constantly refers back to a daisy which generally symbolizes purity. The text at the end of the MV confirms that the daisy is the innocence that one is left with after experiencing a range of emotions:
Emotions are petals, each with a different shade, and these petals together bloom into a pure white daisy. In the end, we return to our most innocent state, which can lead to another beginning. Sorrow lasts a second, while what we share with the universe is eternal.
Each member stands or sits in their own setting that in one way or another reflect the desolation they are feeling. For instance, one member sits at an altar with hundreds of candles around him and another sits at a fully set table with no one else around. The camera pulls out from close focus to wide focus, emphasizing the emptiness around the members. The solitary scenes help amp up the sorrowfullnes of the MV, showing that each member is dealing with a heartbreak of their own. Wooseok is the only one with more of story as the viewer can see he was obviously injured from a car accident due to the rain.
What helps tie all the scenes together is a dried out daisy that every member is at one point holding. Tracing back to the original theme, we know the concluding text explains that each petal represents a different emotion. The petalless daisy seems like an ominous sign at first, but towards the end of the MV, we see that it blooms again symbolizing a new life. The MV, as well as the song, show that through heartbreak you can find a new beginning.
The MV builds up to a literally explosive climax that fits perfectly with the height of the song. This is also the first time we see all the members in the same setting as they reveal the dance routine to “Daisy.” We do not see too much of it as the MV focuses more on the imagery as opposed to an overload of dancing.
With all of these elements, the climax is a bit overwhelming and it does not taper down. The song goes to a chanted verse with all the members repeating the same lyrics. This leads up to a second climax with Hui leading the way musically before it finally comes to an end. The two heights of the MV adds more drama, turning the dial-up on the angst.
All in all, the MV does a decent job of matching all of the points of the song to the settings, symbolism with the daisy, and the dramatic ending of the MV. There is nothing too unique about the scenes as rain shots, candles, and empty dining halls are frequently used in gloomy K-pop MVs. However, the use of a mid-tempo song helps tie in Pentagon’s signature sound into the concept. Hopefully, Pentagon continues to grow and explore different genres and concepts.
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