Like so many K-pop groups, Lovelyz is perfectly poised to bolster their fan base through the addition of solo and sub-unit promotions. Woollim Entertainment did a great job harnessing this potential with Infinite, but apart from a few digital releases here and there, Lovelyz’s output has been almost entirely group-based. Hopefully that will change soon, but for now we have another digital single — this time from leader BabySoul. Though my favorite Lovelyz vocal tones belong to members Kei and Sujeong, she is more than worthy of solo spotlight.
A Piece of the Moon (조각달) gives BabySoul an interesting aesthetic to play around with. Based on past material, I would have expected something more r&b-focused. But, the song feels like a moment from a movie musical. I don’t mean that in a “jazz hands,” sing-for-the-rafters way. Moon is too subdued for that. But, its instrumental hinges on symphonic influence, as layers of strings drive the track forward. As theatrical as this production feels, Moon never builds to anything huge. It’s a relatively restrained pop song surrounded by ambitious flourishes. This contrast captivates, though a stronger melody would’ve sealed the deal.
Moon’s chorus is refreshingly developed, moving through more melodic shifts than expected. It’s a good match for BabySoul, but loses some oomph by not being a full group performance. A variance in tones and harmonies would have done the track a world of good. The performance here is pretty unadorned, which is typical when dealing with Korean OST-style ballads. I’m actually surprised that this wasn’t pitched as a soundtrack to one of the industry’s many dramas. It would have made a perfect fit.