Colde Explores Love in Magical New EP

Colde Explores Love in Magical New EP

Almost nine months after his last album Wave, R&B singer-songwriter Colde is back with another otherworldly release. As talented as an artist as Colde is, much of his true artistry lies in his ability to flawlessly craft an album together, creating a completely submersive musical experience from the first song to the last, and the new Love Part 1 is no exception.

Love Part 1 opens with a feather-light piano line in “Love is a flower.” The song, in which Colde almost whispers the introspective lyrics, comes complete with chirping birds and soft whistling, sounding like a quiet summer afternoon spent alone under blue skies. “Love is a flower” flows into more familiar territory with “Love makes me jealous.” Whereas the first song on the album is a bit more on the softer side than we’re used to with Colde, “Love makes me jealous” brings back that late-night R&B feel that’s reminiscent of his work as part of offonoff.

Next up is “사랑해 (I fxxking love you),” a song with bluesy guitar that sounds like it could’ve been penned by Arctic Monkeys. This song, perhaps not shockingly, is explicit in every way, from its curse-filled chorus to Colde’s unabashed declarations of love. The somewhat grungy, Brit-rock guitar offers a new flavor to Colde’s music fans have yet to experience, and it’s not surprising that it complements his style well.

Following “사랑해 (I fxxking love you),” is the less bold, though very clever, “와르르 (WA-R-R).” “와르르” is a Korean onomatopoeia for “crumbling,” fitting for a song about being hopelessly in love. The next track “Scent” opens with a groovy, acoustic guitar hook before transforming into something a little more galactic with its light percussion and atmospheric backing sounds. “You don’t need my love?” shifts the focus back to Colde’s voice, though the groove that kicks in during the second chorus adds another layer to the music and makes the song an easy listen.

“Endless Love” is actually a cover of an older song originally by singer and violinist Milena who not only worked with Colde on the newer version of “Endless Love,” but also several other songs on the album. “Endless Love” is the kind of track that lets the emotion in the song speak for itself: the track is on the shorter side, clocking in at only 2:03, and with its simple piano, has the barest instrumentation on the album. The added violin towards the end gives a sort of sweeping feeling to the song, amplifying Colde’s sparse lyrics to feel like something much more. In its simplicity, “Endless Love” might just be the best track on the album. Picking up where “Endless Love” leaves off is “Don’t leave me, My love,” another cover of a song originally titled “Light and Salt - Don’t Leave My Side.” The track has a vintage feel to it and sounds like it could’ve come from a 1950s late-night radio show a la Perry Como or Dean Martin. Furthermore, Colde’s vocals are featured more heavily than ever before, trading in his typical smooth raps for a crooning style more akin to Crush. All things considered, this direction is a pretty unexpected one for Colde, though it wraps up the pleasant Love Part 1 like the perfect gift that it is.

If there’s one thing clear about Love Part 1, it is that Colde is more focused than ever on pushing the boundaries of his music. Love Part 1 may not have much of Colde’s signature style that fans have gotten used to over the years, but in its absence there are genres abound and interesting compositional choices that show the artist’s greed for musical growth. As this album is intriguingly called Part 1, fans can only wait with baited breath to see what a possible Love Part 2  might bring.

Check out the video for “사랑해 (I fxxking love you)” below.

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