Infinite’s Kim Myungsoo – better known by his stage name L – is in a nebulous position. He hasn’t officially left Infinite, yet he’s no longer part of their agency Woollim Entertainment. I’m not sure how that works regarding any future reunion, but that point is moot for a while. His special single Memory (기억과 기억 사이) precedes military enlistment, which will put him off the entertainment map for well over a year.
I’ve always thought that Myungsoo was an underrated vocalist. It’s hard to elbow yourself into the spotlight with voices like Sungkyu and Woohyun deservedly front and center, yet he possesses a great texture and his live performances were always solid as a rock. Like many idol group members, his solo work tends to veer toward the coffee house. That’s my polite way of saying that I find most of it pretty boring. Memory is no different, though it’s imbued with a bit more heft thanks to the current stage of his career.
The song opens with a beautiful vocal flourish, promising plenty of amiable atmosphere to come. Gentle guitar backdrops a sentimental melody that sees Myungsoo charming with a restrained performance. The melody has a conversational quality throughout, adding a layer of intimacy to the track. Apart from added percussion, the chorus barely rises above the verses. That may not result in a very dynamic arrangement, but it works for a soft acoustic track like this and shines extra spotlight on the bridge. Memory is more of a whisper than an exclamation, but that suits Myungsoo just fine.