The duo’s new video is full of fringe, cowboy hats, and more galloping dance moves.
Of course, when one talks about PSY it’s hard not to immediately think of “Gangnam Style,” his 2013 satirical take on South Korean wealth that took the globe by storm. While “That That” hasn’t reached those levels yet, it’s definitely making its best effort as none other than BTS member Suga is also involved.
The video feels very reminiscent of “Gangnam Style” with its scenes of PSY doing exaggerated choreo outside and the crowds of dancers flanking either side of him. There’s a noticeable lack of straightforward comedic stunts, too, but as with all of PSY’s videos, an underlying aura of silliness runs throughout.
Of course the running question behind all of this is: what does this all have to do with the song? The answer is: well, not much, really. As far as lyrics go, “That That” is PSY’s party anthem, his ode to going back out, partying it up, and living it up. “Pandemic’s over, uh,” he declares at the beginning.
Maybe there’s a tenuous connecting thread between the post-2020 world and the action-filled energy of the wild wild west — there’s so much to explore in this changed-but-not-really place of new possibility. Or maybe it’s just that cowboy-themed parties are way more fun; it definitely seems so in the video’s big end dance scene.
Or, just as likely, it was simply a clever avenue to tie-in the galloping dance move that remains unforgettable from “Gangnam Style”’s reign. The giddy-up hand-motion and trot — with an added lasso flourish — reappears in “That That”’s dance break at the end, bringing the uncanny nostalgia of the whole thing full circle.