Thus far, Ha:tfelt has run the gamut when it comes to song style, making it difficult to imagine how her new music might sound before hearing it. Maybe that’s why new singles always feel like an unexpected surprise, unleashed upon the world to little fanfare but great curiosity. New single La Luna (라 루나) is the latest in a string of diverse material, embracing a faux-reggae beat that gives Ha:tfelt plenty of room to channel her charms.
This song is nothing revolutionary. Even the sound is something many K-pop acts have aped over the past few years, but La Luna knows exactly what it wants to be. It never once strays from that framework, continuously steered by its mid-tempo groove. That consistency may win it many fans within the genre, and Ha:tfelt is a surprisingly convincing conduit. She’s got a natural rhythm to her performance and a rich tone to her voice that help compensate for a relatively straightforward track.
In some ways, La Luna comes across as a less in-your-face version of former bandmate Sunmi’s 2017 hit Gashina. I was pretty cool on that song at first, but now consider it to be one of that year’s most memorable singles. In comparison, I’m not sure that La Luna will benefit from the same fate. Rather than act as the kind of song that compels your attention (in good or bad ways), it has an easy flow that feels more like the soundtrack to a moment than a centerpiece in its own right. I doubt I’ll ever want to skip it on a playlist, but I don’t know that I’ll be clamoring to hear it either.
So now we know what the rabbit in shadow play has been doing in her free time!
I don’t think I’ll review this song, kinda (quite) forgettable and I agree basically with whatever you said. (Maybe a mini review?)
Also, could you give your thoughts on all the songs in YooA’s new album. Here is mine for reference.
Thanks for the review Nick!
Thanks for introducing me to the YooA album, I would not have known it if you did not review Diver (I thought that like all 2020 ‘debuts’, it would be a digital single or single album, those NEED to STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
I think albums and minis allow for a greater variety of music and the chance to show multiple sides of the artist.
Also, Nick, what do you think of the Stray Kids teasers? To me they look slightly promising but this is 2020, so I am not getting my hopes to high.
I’m surprised u haven’t reviewed Life Sucks yet lol
I will buy whatever she wanna bring and I’m at peace with that.
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