Red Velvet return with whimsical ‘Birthday’ music video and new mini-album

The second instalment of their ‘The ReVe Festival 2022’ series is out now

Red Velvet have returned with their new mini-album ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’, and a vibrant music video for its lead single ‘Birthday’.

On November 28 at 6PM KST, the quintet shared the music video for ‘Birthday’, the title track of their new mini-album ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’ released at the same time. Like their previous single ‘Feel My Rhythm’, the new track samples from another classical music piece – George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (1924).

The whimsical new visuals sees the members of Red Velvet being transported into a kaleidoscopic imaginary world constructed from giant pieces of chocolate and candy. Each member also has her own surreal world, such as one where Seulgi performs with traditional Korean lion dancer, and another where Wendy sings in a garden modelled after a chessboard.

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Bam bam ba ra bam ba ram ba ra / Today’s the day, it’s your birthday, birthday / Bam bam ba ra bam ba ram ba ra / Whole world will shine, and so icy, icy,” they exclaim in the chorus.

The new record includes four B-sides in addition to ‘Birthday’, namely ‘BYE BYE’, ‘On a Ride’, ‘ZOOM’ and ‘Celebrate’.

‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’ marks Red Velvet’s second domestic release of the year, as well as the second instalment of the group’s ‘The ReVe Festival 2022’ series, which began in March with ‘Feel My Rhythm’. At the time, member Joy shared that the group had planned to release “many” albums in 2022.

Last month, main dancer Seulgi became the third member of Red Velvet to debut as a soloist, following bandmates Wendy and Joy, who made their first solo releases in early 2022.

In a five-star review of Seulgi’s debut mini-album ’28 Reasons’, NME’s Rhian Daly praised the idol’s “regal elegance” throughout the record, writing: “Seulgi has long proved herself as an intoxicating and masterful performer in Red Velvet, and now, she’s ready to apply that experience to her own shining moment.”

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