Day6 return with October’s release for their Every Day6 project, “When You Love Someone“. The music video follows the narrative presented in their recent music videos for “What Can I Do” and “I Loved You”, with the members in their own respective intertwining storylines, the highlight of which is Sungjin’s confession to the female lead character.
The video is gentle and drama-like in its composition, with plenty of soft and slightly blurring shallow-focus shots. These add to the intimacy of the video and compliment the song perfectly, which itself is soft and intimate. Crooning vocals layer over a simple and slow band arrangement, with hints of reggae in the accented guitars and sentimental piano melodies mirroring the verses. The balance of melancholy and joy in the song reflect the bittersweet lyrics, speaking simply and directly of love and longing:
I want to cry for you
I want to hurt instead of you
I don’t want any scars in your heart
The roomy mixing and softly echoing instruments give the impression of a small intimate live performance, as if directly singing the song to its protagonist:
This is a song for you
I’m singing for you
Overall, the song is very well-arranged and mixed, leaving a quiet and subtly complex song great to listen to on days both sunny and rainy, good and bad. The emotion of the song is perfectly captured in the lyrics and composition and is neither overly sad or happy, such are the feelings that love evokes; the song excellently displays Day6’s songwriting maturity and aptitude for sentimental songs.
Review by Vivien