Current Obsession: N.Flying – Heartbreak

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Meet the newest band from FNC Entertainment, N.Flying, who after years and years of waiting, finally made their debut with the mini-album “Awesome” a few weeks ago. Give how long I’ve waited for these four boys to join the ranks of their fellow mainstream Kpop artists, they’re more like a longtime obsession. Then again, I love all the FNC artists, and this song makes my heart break.

N.Flying- “가슴이 놀래 (Heartbreak)” [ Download ]

 

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The Band: Kwon Kwang-jin, Cha Hoon, Lee Seung-hyub, Kim Jae-hyun

The Backstory: I’m sure it’s no secret by now that whenever possible, I like to follow rookies from their debut or sometimes even pre-debut. Those reasons include the desire to root for the underdogs and interest in seeing how artists transform and evolve as the years pass by. Such is the case for N.Flying, who I first heard of through the semi-scripted sort-of reality show Cheongdamdong 111, which gave viewers an insider look into FNC Entertainment.

Speaking of which, FNC has steadily made a name for itself over the years, enough to become part of what is now known as the Big 5 (including SM, JYP, YG, and Cube Entertainment). With successful groups like FT Island, CNBlue, and AOA to call labelmates, the pressure and demand to deliver is immense and understandable. That very pressure is what I saw onscreen in Cheongdamdong 111—by then, the boys had already made a name for themselves in the indie circuit in Japan (their second album One and Only topped the Tower Records rankings on its second day of release). But they were virtually unknown names in their home country. And what was worse was that compared to FT Island and CNBlue, their ability to give near-perfect performances on the spot was severely lacking at the time.

Perhaps I’d been spoiled by the amazing debut performance CNBlue gave that I’d almost expected more from the band that took a similar route (CNBlue also made their rounds in Japan before debuting in Korea). And yet I wanted to give these guys a shot because if their predecessors could reach above and beyond their potential, then so could N.Flying. Furthermore, I’d heard of bassist Kwon Kwang-jin in the months prior to CNBlue’s Korean debut and remembered when he dropped out of the band due to personal reasons (Lee Jung-shin took his place). Even beyond the script, I could tell from Kwang-jin’s expression how he must carry that difficult decision with him each and every day, reminded of how his debut could’ve happened years ago rather than wait around for a time that might never come.

So I’m so glad that this day has finally come for him, despite another delay when leader Seung-hyub suffered a knee injury in 2014. These guys have waited years for this opportunity—go ahead and take it, N.Flying. We’ll be rooting for you.

The Song:  You can say that the above backstory is part of the reason why I chose “Heartbreak” over their title song “Amazing.” That, and I wasn’t too thrilled by the debut title, either. In fact, it’s rare for me to like the title song an artist might promote—often times, I find a hidden gem tucked somewhere among the other tracks. There isn’t much I can say about this song other than I simply like it, and it’s a nice tune to keep in the background. So here’s a fun fact: Kim Jae-hyun is the younger brother of Kim Jae-kyung of Rainbow. He’s the one wearing the Mickey ears hat.

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The Lyrics: (Korean and English lyrics from from iLyricsBuzz)

가슴이 놀래 내 눈앞이 다 노래
벼락같은 우리 이별 때문에
심장이 뛰네 내 입술이 다 파래
독기 품은 너의 인사말에
가슴이 놀래

모든 게 부서지는 듯해 우리 추억까지도
심장은 미친 듯 뛰고 있어 그때와 같이
처음 만났을 때와 비슷한 광경이 쫌 놀라워
허나 느끼는 감정은 서로의 목을 졸라 uh
이별을 앞둔 우린 서로를 남남처럼 피해
피폐해진 채 광대가 돼서 비웃는 미래
눈높이가 달라도 같은 곳을 봤던 넌데
왜 뒤돌아선 채 단호하게 이별만을 고해
넌 왜

너와 나의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
안녕이란 메아리만
돌아오는 나의 내리막
(우리의 슬픈 연극의 막은 내려가)
너와 나의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
이별이란 메아리만
돌아오는 무대와
내일이면 서로가 기억조차 안 날
너와 나는 내려가

가슴이 놀래 내 눈앞이 다 노래
벼락같은 우리 이별 때문에
심장이 뛰네 내 입술이 다 파래
독기 품은 너의 인사말에
가슴이 놀래

나만 미친 취급해
널 사랑한 게 마치 죄라도 된 듯
삿대질이 지긋지긋해
그림자라도 두고가
내 방안에 쓸쓸함만 남겨뒀네
길을 잃은 내 이성은 오늘 밤도 길을 묻네
알아 잊어야 할 테지
짙고 자욱이 안개 낀 길 속에서 어쨌든 난 길을 찾아가야겠지
웃는 니 모습만 추억에 남겨둔 채
너와의 기억을 죽이는 날 아침 해가 반겨주네

우리 기억의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
이별이란 메아리만
돌아오는 나의 내리막
(우리의 슬픈 연극의 막은 내려가)
너와 나의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
이별이란 메아리만
돌아오는 무대와
내일이면 서로가 기억조차 안 날
너와 나는 내려가

가슴이 놀래 내 눈앞이 다 노래
벼락같은 우리 이별 때문에
심장이 뛰네 내 입술이 다 파래
독기 품은 너의 인사말에
가슴이 놀래

모든 게 부서지는 듯해 우리 추억까지도
심장은 미친 듯 뛰고 있어 그때와 같이 처음
Babe I’m not ready to let go (let go)
길을 잃은 내 이성은 오늘 밤도 길을 묻네
Tell me I’m gonna be stand strong
이미 막은 내려가는 걸
전부 이젠 아무렇지 않은 척해

너와 나의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
안녕이란 메아리만
돌아오는 나의 내리막
(우리의 슬픈 연극의 막은 내려가)
너와 나의 내리막
(딱 여기까지만)
이별이란 메아리만
돌아오는 무대와
내일이면 서로가 기억조차 안 날
너와 나는 내려가

가슴이 놀래 내 눈앞이 다 노래
벼락같은 우리 이별 때문에
심장이 뛰네 내 입술이 다 파래
독기 품은 너의 인사말에
가슴이 놀래

 

My heart is shocked, my eyes turn yellow
Because of our sudden break up
My heart is racing, my lips turn blue
Because of your poisonous last words
My heart is shocked

Everything is crashing, even our memories
My heart is crazily beating, just like that time
It’s similar to when I first met you, it’s kind of amazing
But this time, it feels like we’re choking each other
Before this break up, we treat each other like strangers
Exhausted, the future becomes a clown and laughs
Even if our eyes were on different levels, we used to see the same things
But why are you turned around, curtly breaking up with me?
Why?

Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye
And my downhill come back
(The curtain to our sad play comes down)
Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye comes back on this stage
We won’t even remember when tomorrow comes
You and I, we’re falling down

My heart is shocked, my eyes turn yellow
Because of our sudden break up
My heart is racing, my lips turn blue
Because of your poisonous last words
My heart is shocked

Only I think this is crazy
As if loving you was a sin
I’m so sick of the pointing fingers
At least leave behind your shadow
I’m all alone in my room
My rationale is lost, it’s asking for directions tonight
I know, I should forget about you
I’m on a foggy and stained road, I should find my way
Leaving your smile behind in my memories
The day our memories die, the morning sun greets me

Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye
And my downhill come back
(The curtain to our sad play comes down)
Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye comes back on this stage
We won’t even remember when tomorrow comes
You and I, we’re falling down

My heart is shocked, my eyes turn yellow
Because of our sudden break up
My heart is racing, my lips turn blue
Because of your poisonous last words
My heart is shocked

Everything is crashing, even our memories
My heart is crazily beating, just like that time
Babe I’m not ready to let go (let go)
My rationale is lost, it’s asking for directions tonight
Tell me I’m gonna be stand strong
The curtains are already falling
Now I’m pretending nothing is wrong

Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye
And my downhill come back
(The curtain to our sad play comes down)
Our downhill (this is it right here)
Only the echo of goodbye comes back on this stage
We won’t even remember when tomorrow comes
You and I, we’re falling down

My heart is shocked, my eyes turn yellow
Because of our sudden break up
My heart is racing, my lips turn blue
Because of your poisonous last words
My heart is shocked

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