MV Recommendation: Cacophony – Rosetta

Cacophony is very much an K-indie artist. The music video we’re going to talk about this week only has 20,000 views, which is almost criminal because the song and the music video are brilliant. She wrote, composed and produced the entire song by herself. We’re talking genius level here.

At first ‘Rosetta’ seems to be really disjointed. The random trombone that plays a couple of notes in the background, the piano that goes up and down and up and down seemingly out of nowhere. 

It’s a haunting piece that deals with loss. The video itself features a girl committing suicide by shooting herself in the head. For a Korean video it’s quite graphic, so just a quick warning if that makes you uncomfortable. 

Cacophony seems to carry a package that seems to get bigger and bigger throughout the video. She passes a woman putting her shoes on, sitting on a door frame in the middle of a field. I can only presume that’s some sort of metaphor for passing away. Cacophony keeps walking with the package, sometimes joined by two other people.

The cinematography and editing for this video is stunning. The reds and yellows are put to the forefront and it brings some warmth to this unique video. 

At the end of the video, Cacophony buries the package while there’s eerie humming playing in the background, intermixed with the sound of crickets. That feels like a perfect description of the entire vibe of the video. 

It’s definitely worth a view. Also, if you’re not into the violence featured in this video, but you’d like to see a different song with a completely different feel, go watch ‘Breath’.

(Editor’s note: You can find the lyrics translated into English in the description of the video)

Ilse Van Den Heede
A writer with a slight coffee addiction and a tendency to find K-Indie gems in the YouTube rabbit hole.