Stranger, or 이방인 (romanised: Ibang-in), is the title track from Guckkasten’s second EP of the same title. It was released on 15 November. That was not the first time the song was heard in public though; back in July 2017, Guckkasten performed the song for the first time at their Squall concerts in Seoul.
I was again reminded of this song recently when I saw a clip of their performance on Onstage Plus – as usual, a tight performance from Guckkasten (complemented with a beautiful stage setup).
In a 2013 questionnaire put together by one of their fan clubs, there was a question that asked the Guckkasten members for their favourite Guckkasten songs. Bassist Kim Kibum picked “Gavial”, and he described it as a beautiful song that made him want to join the band.
The music is beautiful but the lyrics (or more precisely, the inspiration behind the lyrics) is anything but. Perhaps even a little scary, if anyone were to be in that situation.