M.I.C – Lonely Night
What happens when you’re searching for updated videos about Rafael Nadal and you randomly stumble upon Chinese R&B? Well… confusion and more confusion… in Chonglish. The latest video from Chinese R&B/rap boy band M.I.C entitled Lonely Night definitely sets itself up as something of a smooth R&B jam. The intro is indeed smooth — as smooth as the snake slithering up Zhao Yongxin’s body, like some not-so subtle hint at the sexuality the group is trying to portray in the video. Then it starts to get a little… “extra” may be the best word in this situation. See for yourself.
The visuals of the piece are actually stunning, wrapped in a dark color palette that is clearly put through a soft filter. Each member engenders a different character, from a charming prince, to what can only be described as a brooding vampire. Therefore, each environment is unique and seems to convey a different level of sensuality for each character. The imagery is pretty interesting, albeit a bit on the over the top side. It does get a little cheesy with the red candles, the leather couches, and the random crystals popping up everywhere, but the muted colors make the extravagant images bearable.
However, what definitely just made me quirk an eyebrow at the young group of men is their… English? Indeed, whomever writes their English lyrics seriously needs to take a course or two on the subject. Random bits of funny English can be forgiven; however, it seems the boys were trying to be a bit ambitious and performed a substantial part of the lyrics in a language they truly do not understand. It makes for an interesting, if not confusing watch.
But the boys are cute, they’re young, and the potential for them to be a very prominent part of Chinese pop (as one of the few boy bands in the country) means they’ll have an interesting ride ahead of them.
The single is officially set to be released on 11 November — apparently that’s Singles Day… go figure.
There is also a YinYueTai version of the video.
Their second mini-album SE.COLORS was released 14 August and is available at Xiami.