It's out with the old, in with “Something New” for Taeyeon’s latest song and album. The Girls’ Generation member released her fourth EP on Monday (June 18), and showcased a new side to herself in an adventure film-inspired music video for its title track.
The music video for “Something New” shows a a new side to Taeyeon, featuring the K-pop star as a femme fatale in an action flick-style short where she has to take on several adversaries, throwing punches and bashing hammers as she does so. It ends with the singer throwing suitcases f a cliff and shooting them, clay-pigeon style, revealing that she's throwing away money and other items before she runs into the ocean. The video correlates to the song's motivational lyrics.
“It’s special in itself/ So what if it’s a bit different,” she sings. “You don’t need to work hard to/ Change for someone else.”
The neo soul single is a neat example how Taeyeon continues to grow as an artist, pushing herself to explore new styles music through which she can deliver up expressive vocals and lyrics. Its ethereal, vocoder-affected opening recalls that Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” and leads into a warm, ‘90s-inspired st pop and funk track. With a lilting hook in the form the chanting “na-na-na-na” refrain, the chorus sweeps over groovy synths and leads into a melody fronted by jazzy instrumentals and rhythmic bass. It’s truly “Something New” from the soloist sonically.
Along with the single, Taeyeon’s Something New EP features four other tracks, including the paunchy “All Night Long,” which features NCT’s Lucas, and the stand out “Circus,” a dramatically evocative, piano-driven pop ballad that recalls the melody Girls' Generation's "One Last Time" f last year's Holiday Night album. It is the singer’s fourth EP since she released her first solo album in 2015.
Something New is Taeyeon's first album 2018.
Since starting out with Girls’ Generation in 2007, Taeyeon’s risen to the top the Korean music industry as one the decade’s most prominent young female vocalists. She's seen three albums break into the top three the World Albums chart, and her latest EP, last December's This Christmas: Winter Is Coming, peaked at No. 6 on that same chart.