As I was preparing to write this week’s posts, I was struggling a little bit about today’s throwback. Sometimes I think a little too hard about it and then I freeze – I consume so many songs I often have a hard time remembering what exists in the world, even if I loved and continue to love it desperately. But it occurred to me that I often never write about some of my absolute favorites because either I’m greedy and I don’t want to share, I can’t put my finger on why I love it so I have nothing to say, or because it means too much to me at the moment and I’m not ready to be all raw. You don’t need to know the specific reasons why I didn’t choose to write about something, but it would be nice if I circled back so you could hear the songs.
Not that you wouldn’t have heard this song. It was HUGE.
In June of 2017, G-Dragon released the self-indulgent and perfect EP Kwon Ji Yong (his given name, in case you were unaware) prior to embarking on a whirlwind world tour and then enlisting in the military and he hasn’t released anything since. We’ve been getting hints and rumors that he’s working on either solo or Big Bang music and that they’re preparing for a comeback, but I think we’re just going to have to sit patiently and see if that unfolds. GD isn’t hurting for money, he’s working on some cool fashion-related collabs, dating Jennie from Blackpink, and otherwise living his best life. He doesn’t owe us anything and he certainly doesn’t owe us more music, but damn, I’d love to hear what he’s still got to give if he’s willing to share.
When he released this EP, GD was focused on being very open about his experiences growing up as an idol and how that impacted his personal life. Among the countless stories he told, he shared the fact that even as a very young trainee, YG insisted that he write a certain number (I think it was three…maybe five) of songs each night before he went to bed. This incredible backlog of music resulted in countless potential hits, and probably even more not so great diddies, just sitting there on computers and hard drives going unlistened to. From that cache of tunes, GD chose to pull out Untitled, 2014, dust it off, clean it up, and make it the title track of his self-exploratory, quarter-life crisis comeback. It’s a perfect fit. The song starts quietly and with a kind of simplicity that is never really lost even when it builds to the climax. This lyrical, singing, almost pleading GD is different from the swag and bluster we were getting so much of at the time and it was this humanizing track that let us catch a little bit of a glimpse behind the curtain even before we saw the documentary and self-reflective interviews.
This EP, the tour, and the actual concerts are very specific moments in my musical past and are moments I will cherish forever.
Untitled, 2014, G-Dragon