'New Youth' talks about life changes, the changes that come at a certain age when you are supposed to grow up and seek a new perspective. This sounds good and normal, but in reality, growing up feels like losing your true self. The peace that made you what you are today is the first thing you feel left behind, and it is scary. Junseok Eom's music video tackles changes in the most accurate way one could imagine. The drawings presenting different states of change have a metaphoric background, skipping times and events in the blink of an eye, just as we feel childhood has passed when we are older.
Even though we do not understand this song's lyrics without subtitles, the overall vibe is mysterious and melancholic. The chorusy guitar part can soothe any pain the human soul has while leaving behind a patch of good spirit. The lyrics are not meant to be understood, but to be felt with the whole body and soul. And for that matter, being an indie song, it has the whole potential to break hearts at the same time as it puts them back together. The construction is somehow classical for an indie song. Still, the breaks and the sometimes unexpected intervals reminded us a little bit of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity', mainly when the guitar riff enters, parallel to Bowie's full-hearted parts of the conversation between ground control and Major Tom.
Coming back to the clip, we have to focus our attention on the main character, Ziwei Li. She lives between two lives – childhood and adolescence, and both come with their vicissitudes. It's hard to leave one behind, but at the same time, it is hard to go all in the other one, not knowing what the future has in mind for you. 'New Youth' brings together a multitude of feelings and lets them roam around, so the viewer gets the chance to look at themselves through a time capsule.
Written by Vlad A. G