“In English, when one says ‘I feel blue’, the word ‘blue’ is used [to describe feeling depressed or sad],” Wonho advised NME in an interview forward of the discharge of his third mini-album ‘Blue Letter’. “I wanted ‘blue’ to serve a double meaning of ‘feeling blue’ and… to flip the meaning of feeling blue to ‘feeling loved’, in context of the album.”
Simply as there are lots of completely different shades of blue, with this report Wonho takes our fast emotional associations with the hue and superbly expands the palette. It’s a soul-stirring, delicate launch that lightly shifts between shimmering celebrations to reassuring moments of encouragement and emotional vulnerability, every tone standing out in its personal distinct method.
On the title monitor ‘Blue’, the singer is in jubilant temper. “I’m drowning down into the blue,” he begins over ticking percussion and a rubbery bassline, however this isn’t a dive into melancholia. “It feels amazing / Swimming high up to the sky, am I going crazy?” The hook that drops by later, effortlessly infectious and nonchalantly feel-good, bottles the glowing temper of the music in an awesome earworm: “We are young, we are dumb / We just party all night long / When you feel the blue.”
The intro monitor, ‘Seasons And Patterns’, is uplifting otherwise, the instrumental two-minute fragment sounding as if it’s ushering us into Wonho’s personal Okay-drama. Twinkling piano weaves round hovering strings that take you gliding by means of a sun-dazzled sky. The gently euphoric electronics of ’24/7’, in the meantime, discover the star mixing shades, swirling synth-y optimism with lyrical reassurance. “I’m here for you 24/7,” he vows. “Let’s stay forever young.”
As you would possibly instinctively count on of one thing blue, although, there’s sorrow current right here too. The softly unhappy ‘No Text No Call’ laments a scarcity of communication from a former lover, Wonho sighing: “We used to talk all night to the morning, but now we don’t.” It’s a disgrace it follows instantly after the towering ‘Blue’, as a result of its impression feels dampened in its neighbour’s shadow.
If the titular color is a becoming a member of thread all through ‘Blue Letter’, so is the largest mass of blue on Earth – the ocean. It pops up all through Wonho’s lyrics, without delay an emblem of enjoyable, magnificence, security and peace. “You just have to take care of yourself and let it out,” he instructs on ‘24/7’, “I’ll be a wide ocean for you.” Over the rippling acoustic guitar of ‘Stranger’, he narrates: “The night is deep without you / The blue sea is asleep / I close my eyes and sketch you.”
If it wasn’t clear by now that the singer is a giant softie, this report presents irrefutable proof. ‘Come Over Tonight’ begins off as a sultry gradual jam however swiftly switches gear into one thing sweeter. “Can you come over tonight? / Promise I’ll hold you so tight,” he coos, earlier than confounding expectations: “I can’t sleep without you / I’d be nothing without you.”
Simply over a yr since Wonho made his solo debut with ‘Love Synonym Pt. 1: Right For Me’, ‘Blue Letter’ showcases an artist rising quickly in each confidence and his hanging talents. Whereas the star has been concerned with the writing and manufacturing of all of his releases up to now, this report marks the primary time he’s contributed his abilities to each music on the tracklist. The outcomes are spectacular – notably ‘Blue’, which might be an instantaneous radio smash in a simply world.
‘Blue Letter’’s songs would possibly add extra depth to our connections with Wonho’s signature color of their sounds and sentiments, however there’s another feeling we are able to now hyperlink again to blue because of the report as a complete. That’s pleasure, as a result of it’s arduous to not take heed to this mini-album and really feel the exhilaration of watching a star in bloom.
- Launch date: September 14
- Document label: Highline Leisure
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