Friday, February 8th, 2019

Luna – Even So

Not to be confused with LOONA, or the actual moon.


Joshua Minsoo Kim: During a V Live session, Luna mentioned how she writes in her diary every night to reflect on her day. “Even So” was birthed from an entry she wrote in December 2017, a month that’s notable for being when Jonghyun had passed. “Many sad things were happening at that time. I wanted to have something that could comfort me whenever I felt down,” she said. The strength of this song is thus in how it’s meant to provide comfort: it reassures Luna and anyone else who’s listening that it’s ok to be alone and cry. She sings that crying may not make a difference, but that there’s no reason not to, either. And as she sings, the quaint disco guitar strums lull the listener into a state of serenity. There’s a hopefulness in the bounce of the pre-chorus, and the drums have a plainness that suggests quiet fortitude; for four minutes, Luna becomes the friend whose simple presence is enough.

Alfred Soto: Breathy over a rich studio rock arrangement, Luna gives a persuasive performance of rue. If I have one complaint, it’s that she doesn’t stop singing — I want to listen to that arrangement.

Thomas Inskeep: The chorus moves, but the rest is fairly inert. And rather Norah Jones circa Come Away with Me.

Ian Mathers: Maybe it’s not surprising just how well I respond to that vaguely Chic-ish guitar line in the middle of all this lushness (it’s certainly not a new trick), but when the execution is this smooth, what’s there to argue with?

Ryo Miyauchi: Luna dips into more formal pop of the adult-contemporary variety in “Even So,” but “adult contemporary” for her describes less of a careerist bid to please the audience and more of pop that speaks to a more personal maturity. The regal bourgeois soul recalls a similar second phase of idols-turned-soloists recently explored by Taeyeon and Suzy, and like them, Luna yearns for liberation from the very comfort she builds around her. She fails to be free, opting instead to sulk in her blues for a little longer. It’s far from the disco days of “Free Somebody” both in sound and spirit, but the song’s ambivalence feels more real and true of a message to deliver at this stage in her life.

Iris Xie: A sweet, warm, and Pantone 183 C-colored song about keeping in sad feelings that you never want to show anyone. Her timbre is lovely and warm and is well-balanced amongst the drums, guitar, and twinkly synths. One could wake up to this after a particularly bad evening, and get the strength to keep going for the next day, with its quiet earnestness. 

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