Gain’s producer and director give their thoughts on the almost revolutionary Paradise Lost
Gain released her first big single since her label merged with MYSTIC89. Many of us were expecting big things as both Gain and Mystic have released some of the most interesting and challenging music and videos of the past few years. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Despite the label change, she continues to work with the fantastic team behind most of her and BEG’s best releases who once again took on the subject of female sexuality in this album after the smash hit Bloom in 2012. This time they examine the topic through the lens of original sin and the story of Eve and the results are outstanding.
I’m excited to write a proper review of the video and album but I want to wait and see what the second music video Apple will add to the story first.
In the meantime, to get us all talking, here are the thoughts the production team have shared on the project through social media.
First up, the director’s thoughts on that water drinking scene courtesy of lyricist Kim Eana (or rather her cat, Bongsamee, who allegedly runs this Twitter account.)
많은 분들이 궁금해하시는 뮤비 속 파이프물 받아먹는 장면에 대한 황수아감동님의 짧은 해설입니다 “인간이 될수있는 물. 사람돼서 쾌락도 얻고 영생도 포기하겠다”
— 봉삼이 (@bongsamee) March 11, 2015
Here’s a quick explanation from director Hwang Soo-ah of the pipe water drinking scene so many people are curious about.
“Water can make humankind. Being people, we will also derive pleasure and even give up on eternal life.”
And secondly, a very thought-provoking Facebook post from producer Cho Young-chul:
When we first thought of Hawwah there were several levels.
Genesis’ Eve and the Eve of Milton’s Paradise Lost is the spiteful woman who deceived God and rejected heaven creating human suffering. In church, women cannot meet God personally face-to-face and must even cover their heads, maybe there’s some kind of reason this?
While feeling pity for this woman, I started imagining…
In Eve’s story, it’s not that humans have passive existence only operating by God’s instruction. Isn’t it that we have meaning of existence by having the free will to choose our own lives?
Wasn’t Eve an amazing woman who rejected the heaven told to her by others and carved out her own life? Was the snake not a real snake but a symbol of her own inner raw desire? Wasn’t Eve a woman so tempting she shook God’s son Adam?
We wanted to tell a brand new story of Eve.
We wanted to see an Eve expressed by Gain.
This is definitely one of, if not the, best releases of the year so far. But the real question is: what does it all mean? Let us know your thoughts and we’ll bring you our full analysis in a few days once the next video is released.