Most of Taeyang’s solo works have some link to his name. Born Dong Young-bae, his pseudonym Taeyang actually means sun in Korean.
His latest drop, Down to Earth, might not have such a direct correlation. But fans will find a link once they watch the music video of his title number Seed (2023).
A large chunk of the music video used a monochromatic colour palette. And we only see colours towards the end of the four-minute clip, where it shows a sunset.
“I thought of the sunset quite a bit and looked to the sunset for inspiration — like a beautiful sunset that has many colors,” Taeyang told Rolling Stone in an interview.
It’s a simple track backed mainly with piano accompaniments. So that a seasoned vocalist like Taeyang can flex his vocals. It also reminds me of the Still Life (2022), a track his band, BIGBANG, put out last year.
But his EP Down to Earth is really more than just flaunting his wide vocal range.
As a vocalist of K-pop powerhouse BIGBANG since 2006, his album can’t do without a dance track. Or a few of them, to be specific.
Vibe managed to come together well. It was not overbearing on choreography, yet it showed what the duo was capable of.
Each of them contributed in their own right – Taeyang on vocals and Lisa with crafty raps. But something, maybe it’s the overly simple hip-hop track, that might be the cause.