Heize Dean Toe the Line Between Love and Hate in And JulyWritten by capability of Chelsea On July 24, 2016Its been a busy a year of collaborations for either Dean and Heize. Whilst Heize received aid teaming up with both Chanyeol and Chen of Exo, Dean featured in Taeyeons Starlight as neatly every bit Dok2s Bad Vibes Lonely. Back in June, the 2emerging artists got herein combination for the jam, Close Up and Groove. Keeping the momentum in their collaborative good fortune going, Heize and Dean have teamed up once back alongside the reduction of DJ Fritz to offer the lead unmarried of Heizes debut album, And July.
If it were any individualwith the exception of Dean, I'd exist wary of the reality that both of Heizes post-Unpretty Rapstar singles feature the similar artist. However, Heize and Dean have a differentmore or less musical chemistry thats advantageous for either one of them. Here'sprincipallyon account ofthe style they balance with one another and can play off of each and every other effortlessly. Theres a herbal almost playful synergy between them, and this isnot moretransparent than in And July. Together, they organize to convey a complex relationship that ft the line between affection and loathing.
Weve come to be expectingexcellent things from Digipedi productions, and And July does now not disappoint on that front. Whats interesting more or less the MV is that the lyrics say one thing, while the visuals apparentlyput acrossanything entirely different. Or do they? Theres a wealthy layer of complexity between the sentiments of the tune and the movements of Heize and Dean on screen that creates more questions than answers: are they looking to confess their affections or their ambivalence? Are they enthusiasts or enemies? Do the ones two things must be mutually exclusive?
And July plays much like a throw-back hip hop confessional of an adult playground rivalry; Dean pulls Heizes metaphoric pig tails, and she figuratively kicks him in the shin in retaliation. She doesnt need him to peer her react, now not when he pours sugar into her coffee or when he passes her chewed up gum in its place of the hoop she anticipated. Heize continues to play into their childish game because its more straightforward than acknowledging that perhaps she in truth cares about him that hes in some way wormed his way into her heart.
Did someone put medication in it?
(I acknowledged it’s) killin me softly
Dean, too, struggles with communicating his affections and frustrations. Where she acts ambivalent, he acts out to stay her attention. He knows its not healthy, what theyre doing, yet he also fears that speaking about the elephant in the room may ruin everything.
But today, it’ll be different
All the feelings onedriven back
Where Heize wonders how to admit her emotions without coming off too eager, Dean needs to promise her the sectoras long as she recognizes that they could be more than friends. Somehow, they both achievethe realization that July is the easiest month for the verbal exchange to take position if they are ready to survive until then.
I used to be denying it, announcing I don’t know
Then two seasons have passed us
Even in this moment, I omit you
If the MV is any indication, their courting is a ticking time bomb. All the insecurities of the lyrics translate into a live-action edition of Spy vs Spy, complete with quite so much of food, toothbrushes in puts they shouldnt be, dead-pan stares, and button-pushing. How things escalated this some distance is unclear, but what is obvious is that something should be done sooner than they finally finish upany further bruised than they already are (literally).
Despite the palpable tension of the MV, theres something similarly adorable about it. A lot of the cuteness will also be attributed to Deans immature yet adorable endurance contrasted with Heizes stoic eye rolls. They play off one another and so naturally, taking turns lamenting their own misfortune and gleefully torturing the opposite in retaliation. Its all push and no pull, but theres a small semblance of fondness communicated in their gestures when the other isnt looking.
Its not just their on-screen chemistry that makes And July so enjoyable, either. Heize and Dean have voices that compliment each one other both vocally and stylistically. Heize has a in point of fact unique vocal colourjust like Suran and I appreciate how smoothly she flows between rap verses and making a song bits. Deans vocals are equally dynamic, and when their voices come together it becomes a harmonious substitute of banter that is rarely dull.
(That being said, there are moments when Heizes lack of enunciation in And July is reminiscent of someone given slightly in addition to much Novocaine at the dentist. The track mayget excitement from clearer start on her part.)
Overall, And July is a frank and amusing release. Underneath the juvenile antics of the MV, theres a captivating exploration of the boundary between love and hate that is going hand-in-hand with the complexities of trendy relationships. Why do we've gotsuch a lothassle expressing our feelings, and why is it more easy to act detached than displaysymptoms of vulnerability? The MV doesnt take a glance atto respond to the questions it raises, and for me, that makes it all the more successful.
Heize and Deans And July, with all its contradictions, is much stronger than their first collaboration which I still very well enjoyed. While it will be great to see Heize liberatean absolutely solo track, I wouldnt object to seeing more from the two artists together.
(YouTube. Photographsby way of CJ EM. Translations thru Pop!Gasa.)