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Dean EP Album Vol. 1 - 130 mood: TRBL

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Inspired by James Dean, a cultural icon who remodeled his car by painting "130" on the front hood, rising R&B singer-songwriter Dean, who debuted with the catchy single I'm Not Sorry featuring Eric Bellinger and has written songs for famous singers like EXO, VIXX, John Park and Dynamic Duo, regards "130" as a spirit of self-challenge rather than a common number. His first EP 130 mood: TRBL narrates a love story through seven tracks including the title song D (Half Moon) featuring Dynamic Duo's Gaeko, which expresses the emptiness after breakup, I Love It featuring Dok2, the funk and soul number 21, the moody Bonnie & Clyde, What2Do featuring R&B singers Crush and Jeff Bernat, and "Pour Up" featuring Zico.
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Product Title: Dean EP Album Vol. 1 - 130 mood: TRBL Dean EP Album Vol. 1 - 130 mood: TRBL Dean EP Album Vol. 1 - 130 mood: TRBL Dean 1st EP - 130 mood: TRBL 딘 EP앨범 1집 - 130 mood: TRBL
Singer Name(s): Dean (Korea) Dean (Korea) Dean (Korea) Dean (Korea)
Release Date: 2016-03-31
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal Music (South Korea)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049411596

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딘 EP앨범 1집 - 130 mood : TRBL

1 어때 (outro)
2 풀어 (pour up) [ft. ZICO]
3 bonnie & clyde
4 what2do [ft. Crush, Jeff Bernat]
5 D (half moon) [ft. 개코]
6 i love it [ft. Dok2]
7 21


“DEAN, ‘130 mood’ 시리즈의 시발점”

첫눈에 반한(21) 그녀를 만나 사랑에 빠지고(i love it), 갈등으로 인한 공백기(D (half moon)) 끝에 이별을 맞이한 슬픔(what2do). 그로 인해 착란의 시기(Bonnie & Clyde)를 겪으며 방황하다(풀어 (pour up)), 헤어진 그녀로부터 연락을 받으며 현실과 마주한다(어때).

2015년 7월 US 싱글 ‘I’m Not Sorry (ft. Eric Bellinger)’, ‘Put My Hands On You (ft. Anderson. Paak)으로 데뷔한 DEAN은 이하이 · 위너 · 아이콘 · 엑소 · 다이나믹 듀오 · 팔로알토 · 도끼 등 다양한 장르의 아티스트들과 작업하며 한국R&B 아티스트의 새로운 모습을 보여줬다는 평가를 받고 있다.

타이틀 트랙 ‘D (half moon) (ft. 개코)’는 함께였을 때의 채워짐을 느끼지 못 하고 무엇을 하던 반쪽 밖에 되지 못하는 부족함을 느끼는 연인의 모습을 담았다. '그'는 공허한 마음을 이기지 못 하고 옛 연인의 집으로 찾아가고, '그녀'는 옛 연인과의 기억이 담긴 집에서 옛 기억을 뒤지며 무기력한 모습을 보인다.

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Watch Out for the Deanfluenza
Blended with a variety of music genres, Korean pop music stands alone as a unique genre that is expanding in terms of music style thanks to numerous Korean music talents. The most notable urban contemporary musicians like Beenzino, Primary, Zion.T, Crush and The Quiett are good at combining hip-hop and R&B with a touch of jazz to create smooth and catchy tunes. In 2015, Dean made his Korean debut with a more advanced music genre called future R&B, a rising music genre since 2012. By fusing the elements of 90s R&B, hip-hop, EDM, garage and indie rock, he established his own style of future R&B.

The seven closely related songs in Dean's first mini-album 130 mood: TRBL narrate a love story in flashback and shows the psychological change of the protagonist from the excitement of falling in love to the despondency after breakup. With the heavy use of synth, filtered drums and echo effects, the songs generally exude an ambience of dreaminess and hollowness.

"Police! Open the door!" cries the policeman knocking on the door. Lying on a sofa, the heartbroken man who stole money ignores the policeman and turns on the television in the outro track "And You?" (Track 1). After a tape rewind sound at the end of the outro, the despairing "Pour Up" (Track 2) starts with a low, demonic voice muttering "Drink Smoke Drink Smoke Drink Smoke / Pour up." The evil within whispers again in the chorus to tempt the lonely man, who has illusions of hearing and seeing his former lover, to drink more. The protagonist's casual attitude to life is foregrounded thanks to Dean's relaxed manner of singing and the witty lyrics using the semi-homophonic "pour up" and polyseme "풀어" (pureo) meaning "relaxed," "unbutton" and "untie" in the chorus: "Tonight I feel relaxed / I unbutton that girl's shirt / I untie the tangled strings."

Backed by eerie and mystical music, Bonnie & Clyde (Track 3) unveils an attractive yet dangerous love which eventually leads to self-destruction. The melody transits to a dreamy and echo-heavy bridge which creates an atmosphere of afterlife after the gunshots "Bang! Bang!" – meaning that the risky love claims the man's life. Right after the middle eight, the song comes to an end without returning to the chorus. This unique music arrangement marks the sorrowful ending of a love story.

Unlike Dean's consistent future R&B style maintained throughout most of the album, the bittersweet What2Do (Track 4), featuring Crush and Jeff Bernat, starkly contrasts with the "thug love" feeling in the previous track. Despite the drastically different vocal qualities of the three R&B singers, their voices blend surprisingly perfectly. Although Dean's husky voice is totally different from Jeff Bernat's honeyed and angelic vocals, Crush's slightly husky yet mellifluous vocal feature makes the trio possible. Different parts of the song are specially arranged according to their voices for better emotional expression. Crush's heartbroken but optimistic verse in the beginning conveys mixed feelings of sorrow and confidence that the past lover must have given up the relationship for a reason. The confident man in the first verse disappears in Dean's pessimistic second verse in which he admits that the love is over. Connecting the two verses is a tranquil chorus by Jeff Bernat, whose dreamy and angelic vocals are like an inner voice telling the girl "Baby, it's your last time to give me your best try." Compared to the more conspicuous and emotional verses, Jeff Bernat's part serves more as a peaceful transition than a chorus. Such music arrangement effectively spotlights the inner world of the brokenhearted man in the verses.

Outlining a half moon, "D" symbolizes incompleteness in D (Half Moon) (Track 5). With the heartrending, soulful melody and melancholic lyrics, it is the most romantic yet saddest song in the album. Dean's unique sonorous vocals are powerful enough to make the song rich despite the lack of heavy vocal harmony and echo effects. However, when it comes to the bridge, the song is laden with vocal harmony and echoes which highlight a sense of hollowness. Ending with a door knock sound, the song interestingly echoes the outro track's opening.

The album comes to an end with the falsetto-filled intro track 21 (Track 7). A tranquil synth introduction creates a mood of mysterious fantasy. The charismatic opening turns into a head-nodding, beat-driven melody that expresses the excitement of meeting a mystical, cold 21-year-old girl.

130 mood: TRBL may be too novel to be widely accepted but it is a pioneering album introducing a new music genre to the mainstream K-pop world. Before debuting as a singer, Dean has written songs for many popular singers including EXO under the pen name Deanfluenza. Apart from releasing his own idiosyncratic albums, I hope he will continue to write songs for other mainstream singers and keep spreading the "Deanfluenza."

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