Released May 31, 2016
- Free Somebody
- Keep On Doin’
- 예쁜 소녀 I Wish
- My Medicine
SM Entertainment keeps the solo releases coming with f(x)’s Luna debuting with her first EP, Free Somebody. Luna is the lead vocalist of f(x) and her overall talent is obvious. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily translate to popularity, a category her other members have her beat by a good margin. While she has gotten good opportunities to display her abilities and win over some new people, I never got the sense she would get a solo release because of her popularity, and that she never conveyed that she has the skill to carry a release on her own. She had some one-off singles here and there, but again, it doesn’t prove she could do it. It wasn’t until she won Immortal Song 2 that I became a believer.
Her singing never a question, but she put all the pieces together during that performance: choreography and most importantly, stage presence. From that point on, I wanted a solo release from her because she proved that she could carry it. Four years since that performance, here we are. The title track Free Somebody is a bouncy, electro-pop track that channels the same performance energy seen during Immortal Song 2 punctuated by moments of her vocal prowess.
The biggest takeaway from the EP is that it sounds like an extension of f(x) similar to how The RZA produced the first few solo albums from the Wu-Tang Clan to simultaneously sound distinctly Wu but fit every member. Luna’s Free Somebody could be to f(x) what Ghostface Killah’s Ironman is to the Wu. (Granted, f(x) hasn’t put out enough solo albums for me to really break it down.) f(x) has always been SM’s experimental group where they are willing to produce more off-kilter, unusual songs. That mentality has extended to this EP. There is a world where Free Somebody, Keep On Doin’, I Wish, and Galaxy could’ve been songs on a f(x) album. But instead they were molded to fit Luna, and her alone. Not to mention Breathe and My Medicine are songs only Luna could do justice of all the members of the group.
Free Somebody not only carves out a musical identity for Luna, but doesn’t alienate f(x) fans who are used to the ever-changing sound of the group. I was just excited that Luna got her own solo project. But not only does it succeed artistically, this lays out a blueprint for future music for her. That’s a future I can believe in.