Sunny Hill – The Grasshopper Song
This must be part of the effect of watching Family Outing. Was I the only one hoping to maybe see Jaesuk in the video? That would have taken the seriousness out of it, I guess, huh?
Anyway, Sunny Hill is back! I wasn’t aware they were actually gone, though their last single Pray did make it to our list of Ten Music Videos Highlights of 2011. How I love Sunny Hill. I really do. Their Midnight Circus [MV] single made it to my personal Top 50 Songs of 2011, even surpassing my favorite Korean group, Brown Eyed Girls.
This time around, MV director Hwang Soo Ah — but then again, my Korean reading sucks, so I could be wrong — takes one of Aesop’s most famous fables, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and gives it a freaky dance pop update fittingly for The Grasshopper Song (베짱이 찬가). Composed by Lee Min Soo with lyrics by Kim Eana, the song is from the point of view of the Grasshopper, who instead of suffering from the cold cold winter for not harvesting its own food, invites the ants to sing and clap along as they enjoy living.
You can view the lyrics translation over at pop!gasa.
I don’t particularly agree with the re-working of the story, but I’m game for it. The song is pretty sick, not as addictive as Midnight Circus… yet, but it might get there. However, I’m still waiting for Sunny Hill to release a full-length album. Until then, I could just hope for a perfect mini-album? Tough luck, I don’t do singles or minis.
Sunny Hill, give me an album. I’ll worship the ground you dance on.
PS: I’m also a bit surprised that the video was only released in 360p instead of 480p or the usual HD quality that Kpop videos we are usually accustomed to. I’m not about to complain though — it could have been just a 15 second clip like what Japan  does.
** Update **
They’ve just uploaded a 720p HD version. I don’t understand why all the versions.
Lmao, if Jaesuk had done a cameo with that horrible grasshopper hat he had to wear for Running Man… aw god.
The song is good, somehow I think it’s too damn fast. But I like that it’s so… no Kpop-y haha
@Julyssa, LOL – his face is too distracting to show up in a Kpop video xD
I like that is fast and that it doesn’t have a R&B or hip hop base, but instead uses… what are they? Cellos or violas? Some kind of strings quartet thing going on haha, and what’s that a sitar? xD But it’s still all a dance pop song.
@amy, Yeah, it is different! No electronic sounds!
I dig that it kind of sounds like a folkloric song, like a rhyme.