BTS’ Suga has blown everyone away with his impactful comeback trailer “Interlude: Shadow.”
The group has a tradition of beginning teasers for their new albums by having one member release a solo track as a trailer for their return. As BTS prepares to drop their album “Map of the Soul: 7” on February 21, Suga got things started off right by sharing “Interlude: Shadow” on January 10 at midnight KST.
While their fans ARMY don’t always know when they’re about to get hit with a new release from BTS (giving the whole fandom “midnight KST phobia”), this time around the group gave a heads up with a comeback map that serves as a teaser schedule.
Knowing the comeback trailer was on its way, ARMY collectively tried to get ready before its release and trended #ShadowIsComing at No. 1 worldwide as they waited for 12 a.m. KST.
— jelz ˡᵘᵛ ᵇᵗˢ ⁷ (@cchimbap) January 9, 2020
— michelle ⁷ ☁️ (@kooselephant) January 9, 2020
Suga’s trailer, named the “Yoontro” after the rapper’s given name Yoongi, turned out to be a raw, honest, and powerful roller coaster of a track that deals with the dark side of fame, struggles with ambition and identity, and more.
Following its release, several hashtags and topics have been trending worldwide as fans tweet their reactions and praise for Suga’s new song and MV.
ARMY is sharing their interpretations of the MV with some insightful posts.
in the mv those are yoongi’s persona and shadow!!! pic.twitter.com/berfyedeG5
— tsuki月 ⁷ (@hanavmin) January 9, 2020
at the very beginning of shadow when yoongi lists all his wishes and dreams (wanting to be rich, wanting to be the king etc) i was reminded of his no more dream verse it’s just that now… now yoongi knows those things come with consequences.
— chioma ⁷ (@THICJ00N) January 9, 2020
they show the crowd being so absorbed in filming SUGA on stage that when the real min yoongi turns around and says ‘i wanna be me’ no one notices pic.twitter.com/kOxlhgg8lQ
— mina⁷ ✰ (@EUPH0RlAL0VE) January 9, 2020
— ona⁷ (@ilsansqueen) January 9, 2020
— bora⁷ (@modooborahae) January 9, 2020
Fans have highlighted how the themes addressed in the song are ones that Suga’s been talking about for a while by reminding everyone of impactful quotes from the artist.
— sara⁷ (@shimmeringjimin) January 9, 2020
— ? (@vmination) January 9, 2020
— Atifa⁷? (@smilehoyabts) January 9, 2020
ARMY detectives have also spotted possible connections and references to many of BTS’s previous releases. Some of the most obvious references are to the intro off their 2013 first mini album “O!RUL8,2?” and to RM’s intro for “Map of the Soul: Persona,” but there seem to be other connections to their songs and videos too.
— lexi ♡ yoongi⁷ (@seokluvr218) January 9, 2020
LIGHTS SHADOW pic.twitter.com/bRQGALxXow
— chihiro⁷ [i hate juken?] (@kookceptional) January 9, 2020
persona: do you wanna go?
shadow: don’t let me down
persona: do you wanna fly?
shadow: don’t let me fly
— ona⁷ (@ilsansqueen) January 9, 2020
— sara⁷ (@flexbangtan) January 9, 2020
The topic also has parallels with one of the concepts of their 2018 album “Love Yourself: Answer,” which tackled the encroachment on personal space that comes with fame.
shadow really said y’all didn’t understand the concept behind the love yourself answer S version so here’s a whole video based on the concept
— fariha⁷ (@ironchim) January 9, 2020
Many have noted how the aesthetics and cinematography of the MV for the track are powerful and chilling.
yoongi’s intro is built like a horror film.,., pic.twitter.com/kx4fQ3po4z
— Joon⁷s World (@kimparkdaily) January 9, 2020
— claire//[MOTS 7!!!!!!!!!!!] (@Randomsplashes) January 9, 2020
While the track and its topic might feel overwhelming, ARMY’s still being as hilarious as always.
NAMJOON SAID “I JUST WANNA FLY” AND YOONGI SAID “DONT LET ME FLY” SO ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HELP THEM FLY OR NOT??? WHAT THE FUCK DO WE DO WE CANT LET THEM BOTH DOWN #ShadowisComing #SHADOW#ShadowComebackTrailer
— Mars⁷?? (@69Ddaeng) January 9, 2020
yoongi: i wanna be rich
— primrose⁷ (@solarityroses) January 9, 2020
CAN WE TALK HOW YOONGI STEPPED ON ALL OF US…. LIKE…. LITERALLY?????? pic.twitter.com/PzV49wKcM6
— enna⁷ (@yoongimylil) January 9, 2020
— September ⁷ ? (@__WildRose2__) January 9, 2020
— ? YOONTRO⁷ (@straygod) January 9, 2020
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