Kpop Friday: BLACKPINK’s “Stay”

After a long, stressful week, I needed a soothing song. I’d heard some good things about newcomers BLACKPINK and decided to check them out since I’d been meaning to for a while now, ooops. Turns out, one of their newest songs, “Stay,” is just what I needed on this below-freezing, mid-autumn evening.

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“Stay” is a quiet little number that is caught somewhere between begging a lover to stay and preparing oneself for loneliness. The song resists overblown dramatics or angst in either the vocals or the instrumentation, and the chorus (with the clapping) adds a nice dash of playfulness. This is the last moment to salvage the relationship–with the lover stay? Or will they leave?

In your expressionless face that’s getting more and more dull
I whisper to the mirror, let’s slowly let this go
You take me for granted
But that’s you
But still, stay stay stay with me (x)

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The MV lends the song an almost haunting undertone, as the members of BLACKPINK wander (and even frolic) through the deserted landscape. Messages like heaven is a place where nothing ever happens and it’s a good day loom over them amidst the busted cars and buildings filled with debris. I like the contrast between the bleakness and the hope/happiness. It’s a nice complement to the song itself.

“Stay” is definitely a song I would stick on a need-calming-music playlist. It grew on me with each listen. What do you think?

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