What is your favorite song from YELLOW ? 5
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Kang Daniel 3rd mini album YELLOW was released earlier today with the title track ANTIDOTE music video. The whole album has been written by Daniel and tell his story. Here I made my own interpretation of each track based on the lyrics, what Daniel told us about the album and what I know about the story he is telling us.
Track 1. DIGITAL
After W1 disbandment Daniel had to sue his former agency, because they sold his exclusive contract with them to a 3rd party to lock him into a slave contract. With the legal disput ensuing his former agency who knew they were going to lose the legal battle tried to defame him and destroy his image so that he couldn't have a career anymore. They created a lot of lies, using their influence in the industry and their relations with "reporters" to release incriminating articles against him. They also bought bots on twitter and his official fancafe to spread lies.
The song is daniel saying how it was easy for them to spread lies about him and how people don't even try to know better and take everything that was said as truth. He express as well how difficult it was for him.
Track 2. PARANOIA
The lies spread by his former agency resulted in the birth of a massive anti community against him. He was continuously receving hate without a break and every days more and more lies were spreads. He fought for a long time with himself mentally trying to convince fans but most importantly himself that he was strong mentally, that it will be ok, for in the end losing the battle being caught by depression and social anxiety.
Paranoia is the story of that battle against his inner demons representating depression and social anxiety and ghow he lost that battle.
Track 3. MISUNDERSTOOD feat. Omega Sapien
At some point Daniel gave up justifying himself in front of all the bad rumors about him because there was too much of them, and anyway except fans who already trusted him and were putting actual proves of his innocence no one paid any attention to what he had to say. He wanted to give up on the idol career because everything he said or did was misinterpreted and turned into something huge and bad. And people comments would be : "that's who Daniel is" without trying to learn a bit more about the situation and the reality. So he felt traped like he could do anything anymore and it took away from him the will to continue his career.
Track 4. ANTIDOTE (title track)
In December 2019 Kang Daniel took a sudden break in his career for his mental and physical health after he put worrying message on his fancafe. Daniel later on revealed that for the whole time of his hiatus he didn't go out of his house and even had the curtains closed as he scared of the world outside. He also revealed his manager and dancers friends came to his house every day to eat and play games with him without ever asking him how he felt is scare to burden him, but just being here for him as a form of support. And by watching other artists perform on stage he gained back the desire to stand on stage and so worked on himself to be able to go out again.
In the song Daniel show the difficulty but also the wish to get out of a confortable situation : being cut out of the world, in his home. To put himself back in a difficult situation stand in front of people eyes again, easy target to hate and harassments. the song is somehow the battle between those 2 situation. Pushing himself in an inconfortable position to continue his dream.
Track 5. SAVE U feat Wonstein
Daniel said it was a fansong. He wrote the lyrics putting himself in the position of his fans when he suddenly took his hiatus for mental health issue. And he wrote what he would have wanted to tell to himself at the time if he was a fan.