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Red Velvet’s 3rd Album “Chill Kill

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Red Velvet’s 3rd album Chill Kill, released on November 13, 2023, consists of 10 songs, Knock Knock (Who’s There?), Underwater, Will I Ever See You Again?, Nightmare, Iced Coffee, One Kiss Bulldozer, Wings, Scenery and Chill Kill. Their title track, Chill Kill provides a sense of haunting yet cheery tune, followed by its meaningful lyrics described as a blend of tragedy and hope, says Wendy, the main singer and leader of Red Velvet that’s presented in the music video. 

The South Korean girl group Red Velvet from SM Entertainment has released banger songs since the beginning, claiming the title as the Queen of Concepts due to the fact each release perfectly demonstrates a wide range of concepts. Debuting in 2014, with their release, Happiness with the four-member-line-up, Wendy, Irene, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri started their career beautifully. Their name purposefully underlines their broad ideals; “Red” represents their upbeat, poppy side, and “Velvet” represents their slower, soulful sounds. Recognized in the West, they voiced the K-pop trolls in Trolls World Tour, their choreography from Russian Roulette became a TikTok trend in 2021 as well as their B-side Day 1 from their 1st album, The Red

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Chill Kill refers to a person or incident that suddenly breaks the silence, a phrase describing something that completely changes the course of what is interrupting. In this case, the Chill Kill is the person whose love changes their life. In the lyrics, Red Velvet misses the Chill Kill that broke their routine, and although their love is toxic, they wait for this person to come back so they can have their happy ending. According to Joy, the lead rapper and sub-vocalist, the story is about five sisters who are trapped in a tragedy and once the Chill Kill breaks the silence, it forces them to face the reality they’ve lived in for so long, and overcome their trauma and grow. 

In the beginning of the music video, the video opens with five sisters in a photograph and a man whose face has been blackened out. As the girls get ready to perform to an empty chair, the picture cuts, excluding the man by the head, suggesting he has been taken out of their lives. In the story, the girls are trapped in a basement where they celebrate Yeri’s birthday quietly with a fake cake, indicating this is kept a secret. Thunder strikes and the girls are still. They know their capture is home and are scared they may be discovered. While the others freeze in fear, Wendy quietly opens the door. Yeri tries to stop her but it seems she’s had enough of isolated treatment. As she exits the basement, the girls listen carefully through the door and after a while join Wendy upstairs where they see her holding a bloodied rock and blood gently splattered on her face. Thus foreshadowing the Chill Kill with the picture. Joy screams in horror at the realization but after a while of recovering from the shock, the girls get rid of the body. Joy seemed to be the most affected out of the five, possibly developing Stockholm Syndrome. As she attempts to hide the murder weapon, Seulgi catches her at the door, starting a confrontation where Joy breaks down as Seulgi manages to keep it together. In the corridor, Wendy has difficulty dealing with what she’s done because although she saved her sisters, she also destroyed the reality they are so familiar with. Transitioning to Yeri, we see her watching television in the basement and although she’s free to wander around, she decides to stick with what she knows. When Irene brings her dinner, she switches off the TV in an attempt to make her get out but Yeri snaps, angry at Irene for forcing her to acknowledge changes caused by the Chill Kill, and because Irene understands, she hugs Yeri instead. In many respects, the story is a tragedy with many layers. It’s an abuse that the sisters had to endure due to the men. It caused Wendy to save her sisters, but also without him, the girls are still not free. They only know the reality provided by the man and without them, they still aren’t free. 

 

Over the next few days, the girls regain happiness by dancing together. Take note, in the beginning, the girls danced for an empty chair. This suggests they used to dance for the man and are attempting to hold onto the life they once knew. The dark undertones reveal that his presence still looms over them, thus his face blackened out. Thus the lyrics: 

“But I wanna see you again

Regretting so bad I could die

Yeah, don’t care if it hur-hur-hurts

Perfect soul looks perfect on you

Could I make you stay one more time?”

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Time passed and on November 13, the girls made their way back to the house where they finally let go of the trauma. As night approaches, they dress up and retrieve their belongings where the house ignites brightly. The girls flee the scene and finally enjoy their freedom in the woods. However, when they get to the road, they’re surrounded by the police. Understanding that they’re about to lose their freedom again, they perform one last time; Dancing together was their happy place through the dark times and their final time. In the final shot is a recording of them frozen in a moment of happiness, the girls were each other’s happy endings. In their tragic life, they found peace in the company of each other, cheerfulness in their dance, and comfort. Burning the house allowed them to set the Chill Kill free and move on. 

Many view this as one of the worst comebacks along with Birthday. I asked Hazel, a close friend, how he liked this album compared to the others they’ve released, and she said, “I love their music but this one is very catchy. I love how the music video is always entertaining and love the storylines they give in here.” She also says “ I didn’t expect much because I knew the song could be amazing like all the others,” when I asked her what she expected.

When I asked Hayley, another close friend, she stated, “While I do enjoy other Albus from Red Velvet more, I do enjoy listening to this album occasionally. I feel as if the other ones have more of a kick and have me hooked more than this album did; not saying any complaints besides that however,” and “I feel the vibes of this album were what I was expecting, however, the songs themselves were different when I had them visioned in my head. I thought the songs would be more intense, but they didn’t feel that intense actually listening.”

We are told the story of 5 sisters escaping the tragedy they lived in. The life they were given caused an eruption of emotions and the reality the girls had to face. Although they were physically free, their mind was occupied with the life they were given. There will always be a disturbance in our lives that changes the course of our everyday routine whether it be the death of a family member, moving out, or even getting married. Good or bad, change is change and it will affect the person in many ways. With time, you will be able to overcome these challenges and become a better version of yourself. 

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Nicole Jacobs, Lifestyle Reporter
Nicole Jacobs is a 17-year-old lifestyle reporter here in the Owl Feed Journalism Program at Agua Fria High School! Even though this might not be something she would want to be in her future, she is aware that this is a good start for whatever she decides to do! I asked Nicole what her favorite food was, and she stated, “ I love, I love the noodles and the spiciness it has when I am eating,” Nicole said when she spoke to me about her favorite food. She also does have various other favorite foods like sushi, and she also loves to drink apple juice and chocolate milk. Nicole has always had a passion for playing video games on her PC. She has also loved playing, “I love yelling at the kids who have something to say, it just adds fuel to the fire, it makes me excited cause I know I got something in my pocket to throw back at them. It’s a wonderful feeling, "Nicole also said.  She also has two siblings. She has a 26-year-old sister, and she also has an 18 year old sister, making Nicole the youngest. Although there can be things that make her really happy, there are also things that make her really angry. What makes Nicole really angry, or annoyed is when someone is speaking but they make it aware or obvious that they are not interested in keeping the conversation going. Another thing that gets her really annoyed is when she is listening to music and someone is trying to talk to her while she is listening to music because she really does enjoy listening to music. What gets her mad the most is when someone wakes her up really early, but who wouldn't be mad when someone wakes up really early? Of course, there may be some things that you hate, but you can never go wrong with loving something too. Nicole loves animals, Nicole has one dog but cats have always been her passion. She is looking forward to getting two cats, a black cat, and an orange cat. Even though she may be a really calm person there are some things that she fears, she has a fear of being deep in the ocean. If you did not know, this is a phobia called Thalassophobia. This phobia is when you are scared of being in deep waters. But, that does not mean that's stopping Nicole from feeling motivated into doing stuff! Nicole is different from others when it comes to being motivated. Some people get motivated by hearing good advice, Nicole starts to feel motivated when she sees someone younger than her being more successful. She did ask herself “Why are they more successful if they’re younger than. me”, she said. Nicole is originally from Arizona but her parents are originally from a different state and even from a different country. Her dad is originally from California, her mom was born on a military base in England. Her sisters are also originally from Arizona just like Nicole. Nicole loves going on vacations. One of her favorite vacations was visiting Georgia. When she goes to Georgia she does hang out with her older cousins and her sister in a small town in Georgia. While they are over there she did say “We meet up with friends and mess around “ Nicole said, she also stated that they ride on golf carts. And with all this here this was all about Nicole and who she is

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