Music Video Premiere
Heaven for Yeah Baby by Sin Young Kim

Neptune Hotel (released August 7, 2020) is the first album from New York City band Yeah Baby. The album is an exploration in search of beauty and hope amidst a chaos of anxiety, frustration, and desperation — a dissatisfaction with reality, and a desire to change.

The final track on the album, "Heaven," shares the overall sentiment with the album as a whole. The song is loosely about those small pockets and moments in life in this twisted, upside-down, fucked up world that remind you that life is worth it at the end of the day. Love, beauty, and hope — no matter how fleeting these things can be and despite that these things aren't always there, you know they exist. I feel like Sin Young’s video really hit it on the spot — to me, it's this lonely robot alien in some foreign, perhaps forgotten, world, searching and longing for some familiarity...

As a primary songwriter and lyricist on most of the tracks on the album, I wanted to help represent Asian voices in music, often unheard, neglected and underrepresented in these genres and scenes. And that's one of the reasons why we wanted to add Korean captions to all of our music & lyric videos — so that Koreans anywhere in the world could see these videos and listen to the music and think, 'wow, so there are other Asian people out there making stuff like this.'

- Sean Kwon — Guitar, Vocals for Yeah Baby

When I first started making this video, I didn't know where to begin. But my state of my mind was always thinking about the future.
Our world right now is bleak - it almost feels like everything's falling apart - the pandemic, the climate crisis, racism, capitalism - God, and my parents are still working on site, day to day.

I was very torn between being fairly comfortable in my little bubble, and constantly disassociated myself from our coming future. So I decided to build a future world. A dystopian, imaginary world that exists in my mind. We no longer exist, and the world has become a void of ruins of what was here centuries ago.

As I was building the 3D world, I found myself enjoying what I was making. It was fun - building things again, trying out impossible real-life camera movements that are only possible in animation, hitting the play button and seeing how things  could come alive. Throughout countless sleepless nights, playing with animation was something I had stopped because I had to.

This might be the reason I ended the video on a bright note - introducing all the natural, colorful elements - I wanted to explore more, delve more into the story. I found a personal heaven in the making of this video.

About the Korean karaoke subtitles:

I wanted to use Korean Noraebang (karaoke) inspired subtitles because this music video was intended to feature English lyrics with Korean lyrics (which I loved), and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use Noraebang subtitles. Not only did I love researching notorious, nostalgic Korean national Noraebang clips online, but also I like to think of this video as some mysterious background video playing on your Noraebang screen. I always loved watching them as a kid back in Korea and remember wondering if it last cycles of trend - and now I've made my own! 

- Sin Young Kim, Animator and Music Video Director