By: Zessa Ghaisani |
Park Chanyeol, or known mononymously as Chanyeol, is one of the most popular EXO members. He is also known for his passion in making music, and had posted some of his covers of popular songs and self-produced music on his SoundCloud channel. He had also collabed with fellow artists in K-Pop industry—including fellow EXO member Sehun, for the SM Station 2 track, We Young.
Fans have been begging SM Entertainment to let him release a solo track, and he finally released a solo track two weeks ago, titled “봄 여름 가을 겨울 (SSFW)”, which also means Spring, Summer, Fall Winter” or “Four Seasons”. Contrary to his bandmate, Chen, who sings sorrowfully for a couple’s goodbye in April, Chanyeol boasts that his love will flourish throughout the four seasons.
“SSFW” is a part of SM Station 3, a project by SM where they release singles digitally in a certain period of time. It’s an R&B-pop track, released in three languages (original/Korean, Chinese, and Japanese) with Chanyeol’s deep voice singing & slow-rapping. Personally, I prefer the Japanese version than the other two (it’s no secret that Chanyeol is very good in speaking Japanese).
Chanyeol is known as EXO’s main rapper, but his singing ability can not be put aside. His deep voice can soothe your hearing senses and the soft pop music in the background will make you fall in love with him all over again. A kind of track that’s very Chanyeol-like, and the perfect soundtrack to your blooming love life.
Production wise, the song is very simple and it’s not really “wow” for a debut track, but it really suits Chanyeol’s persona—since he is also known for his ‘Nation’s Boyfriend’ image for his domestic, boyfriend-like looks. The music video also shows him as a boy falling in love with a girl (played by Korean model, Hong Soojoo), giving off romantic holiday vibes throughout the video.
Even though the song is titled “Four Seasons”, the vibe of the song and music video somewhat lacks the elements and vibes of one of the four seasons: winter. The song may feel like a bloom like the flowers in the spring, a breeze in the summer air, and a calming autumn weather – but nothing like winter. Perfect to accompany your beach stroll or a picnic date at the park.
Overall rating : 8.0 out of 10
Watch the music video here : https://youtu.be/U-wDvImWXtA
Listen to the full album here : https://open.spotify.com/album/5eq9uD3Lm8SKdYfTBxRdX7?si=XtH6fxyiSJCbkYtpIng6Ow