I was supposed to post something else today, but upon checking how things will be playing out this weekend, I realized I have to post this today or else I’ll have another backlog or I won’t be able to talk much about this one because I’ll be distracted by something else that is about to come really soon.
That poor attempt at being cryptic is just me trying to say that Jun has released a single last February 5 (not a cover this time, his own single!) and will also be releasing an album on the 14th (technically today, as I am writing this), which means I have no time to waste and must listen and react to his song now before his album release.
I cannot fail the face of my 2020 sunscreen, I simply can’t.
Anyway, I haven’t been able to really read all the background information about the song even right now, so I’ll give the song a listen first and then maybe look things up. I remember seeing some translations of the lyrics but I honestly do not remember, I just remember all the Carats saying that the lyrics and the message of the song are so lovely.
Oh, by the way, just to introduce Jun a bit more, he is one of Seventeen’s members and is part of the performance unit. This is part of the reason why this is quite a big deal, because inevitably being part of the performance unit means he’s more associated with the dance and performance aspects of the group, even though all of them are singers in their own right.
Without further ado, I will now listen to the song, and listed down below are my initial thoughts.
- I love the instruments used in this song, especially the piano, which is something very much associated with Jun.
- For some reason, and without understanding anything, this song makes me smile softly.
- His voice sounds so comforting? How?
- I love how softly it started and then swelled to this majestic piece at the end.
- I love the electric guitar that appeared in the middle or towards the end of the song.
- Ooooh that note, if you listen to the song you’ll know what I mean.
Well, that was beautiful. As expected from Jun. I do think there are portions where he seems to be straining his voice, and I don’t know if that’s just style or something he needs to improve, but overall I really love the song and if it’s something that needs improvement, the answer would be for Jun to sing more songs, which he definitely is doing and something I don’t mind at all. Bring it on, Jun!
I also thought of looking at unofficial translations of the lyrics, and listening to the song again to see if I’ll have more thoughts…or feels, if you know what I mean. Lezzgo!
Well, I don’t know if that was a good idea, because I am now in tears, and I am not even exaggerating or being all “fangirly”. It just hits differently with the lyrics, you know? And the translator really did beautifully, even though it wasn’t official, I think they gave justice to the song’s lyrics in translating it to English. I don’t think I fully got it though, or I think a little more context would help, so I did some more searching, and I found that the song “contains the message of self-approval and tolerance of others, wishing that people will accept everyone’s differences and embrace the beauty that comes from those differences“. Maybe that’s why it hits so hard, then.
It is a really lovely song, and I love how since this a solo song, we hear more of Jun’s voice, and he doesn’t have to pick and choose which vocal aspect of his to display. By this I mean for example in some songs Seventeen uses Jun’s falsetto because it adds that extra something to the song, but that’s not all that Jun has to offer, and we hear that in this song.
I love how it’s almost like Seventeen and its members see and hear the comments and honestly, downright complaining and whining of the fans and just completely surprise us as if in response to those (although it never looks like that, which is great, because it means they’re progressing at their own chosen pace). I remember when Jun and The8, the Chinese members, had really short lines in their songs, which I kind of understand why especially early in their career, but at the same time I can also understand the frustration of Carats. And then what did we get? My I, a whole song just for them two. I’ve been hearing some chatter regarding Jun, and I love how he just completely surprised us, not only with this song, but with a whole album. I’m not sure how that album is going to look like, but I’ll definitely update here, and will you look at that I do believe he’s the first Seventeen member to be releasing a solo album! I am so happy and proud of him.
I will end this here, but please check out the release of his digital single album (I couldn’t help but check), Silent Boarding Gate, which will be out later today, at 6pm KST! Yay Jun!