Deep inside Girls’ Generation chief and Okay-pop veteran Taeyeon’s third full-length album ‘INVU’, the vocal powerhouse finds herself plunging right into a harrowing, brutally sincere world of uncooked, turbulent feelings, leaving no room for hesitation or disgrace. From desperation and envy to obsession and longing, she dives into the ugliest, most weak depths of the emotional spectrum on the 13-track document, making it one of the crucial genuinely, and properly, painfully human of her profession to this point.
‘INVU’ seems to be a pivotal level within the idol’s profession, seven years after her debut solo mini-album ‘I’. The depth of the document turns into much more important after we do not forget that, regardless of proving herself a gifted lyricist, the star has famously been guarded along with her emotions and largely reluctant to write down her personal songs. “I’m nonetheless difficult myself, and making an attempt to be higher at expressing myself,” Taeyeon tells NME.
Her effort shines via on the rock-infused pop ballad ‘Can’t Management Myself’, which was the one track on the document she co-wrote. “Repeating dangerous days / I really feel depressing, emotions are operating out / It simply retains spinning like a free ring / It doesn’t matter, I suppose that is how love is,” Taeyeon sings, resigning herself to a relationship that solely brings distress.
“I felt extra comfy expressing my feelings freely,” the singer says of her new document, which she reveals was curated along with her previous experiences and reminiscences in thoughts. Taeyeon provides that she had taken her time on this launch, meticulously reflecting on her emotions in nice depth and element. “From then on, tales got here collectively naturally […] which accomplished the album.”
With a profession as lengthy and illustrious as Taeyeon’s, the idol has tasted success in nearly each kind, reaching some extent the place awards and accolades are not obligatory. That’s to not say that she has stopped profitable them (that is the Taeyeon we’re speaking about, in spite of everything), however her hope for this new period, she shares with NME, is easy: “I would love each particular person to discover a track that pertains to their present self.”
However even earlier than the discharge of ‘INVU’, Taeyeon had already confirmed that, for her, 2022 is all about venturing into uncharted territory. The singer kicked off the year as a member of GOT The Beat, a sub-unit of the newly minted SM Leisure supergroup Girls On Top that paired her with Okay-pop icon BoA, Ladies’ Era bandmate Hyoyeon, Red Velvet members Seulgi and Wendy, together with Karina and Winter of aespa.
“I might need not had the chance to get nearer to such nice individuals if it weren’t for [the group],” she remarks. “Practising and performing with GOT The Beat members jogged my memory of my days as Ladies’ Era and the way enjoyable it was performing as a bunch.” Whereas she was one of many extra seasoned members of the group, Taeyeon confesses that she was shocked by the talents of her youthful counterparts. “I used to be amazed by their ardour and power,” she provides, later singling out aespa as a bunch she is “excited” to look at develop over as “wonderful artists” within the coming years.
Outdoors of SM Entertainment, Taeyeon and Ladies’ Era have been and stay one of many biggest inspirations for aspiring idols and teams throughout the Okay-pop business and, arguably, past. “I’m grateful, however on the similar time there’s a little little bit of strain as a result of it takes effort to at all times current one of the best model of myself,” she admits of the sheer variety of business hopefuls who’ve named her as their position mannequin.
“Nonetheless, it does really feel good to obtain such compliments, and it motivates me to develop into one of the best model of myself.” The star goes on to share her personal phrases of encouragement for future stars within the more and more cutthroat Okay-pop world: “Keep sturdy.”
“I don’t need them to do something unwillingly,” she elaborates. “I hope they really feel assured in expressing themselves in order that they will develop into [the] distinctive artists that they’re.”
But the Okay-pop business isn’t at all times as ruthless because it appears; generally a silver lining might be present in between the relentless schedules and intense competitors. Taeyeon brings up her tight friendship with the members of Ladies’ Era, even supposing the group have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2017, when the totally different members embark on their very own solo careers.
She shares that the members of Ladies’ Era stay nearer than ever, often catching each other up on their solo endeavours over “a drink or two” or spontaneously crashing one another’s stay broadcasts on Instagram. “We’d additionally reminisce concerning the previous and share reminiscences,” she provides fondly of the lady group’s gatherings. “We all know one another higher than anybody else, so it at all times looks like residence after we’re all collectively.”
Taeyeon’s newest studio album ‘INVU’ is out now.