PIECES by RAIN

The ageless and stunning veteran Rain (비) dropped his EP “PIECES by RAIN” on the 3rd of March 2021! The “sunbaenim” of “sunbaenims”, has returned after a scathing drought of 4 years with his third extended play, to “Rain” on us (you know we had to).  Rain’s last solo musical release was My Life in 2017, which failed to see the light of commercial success. Since, the 38-year-old first-generation singer has been making music in collaboration with industrial names and even released a single in January 2021, testing waters and laying grounds for what was to be unleashed.

 

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RAIN is often described by eminent idols, like Shinee’s Taemin, for instance, as their inspiration, role model and favourite artist of the time. First-generation K-Pop stans would be in for quite a treat with this comeback. However, Rain has devised his approach to incorporate fresh themes, collaborations, and tunes to appeal to the current generation’s platter without losing the authentic touch of Rain. 

So what’s different?

“For my album manufacturing course of, lately, I’ve been vastly having fun with creating what my followers need and making their needs come true. So speaking with my followers is No. 1 in my life, and “Swap to Me” with JYP (Park Jin Younger) took place from speaking with my followers.”-Rain

Rain has spent most of his 2020 hanging out with successful supergroups reigning the industry today. Be it chilling with TWICE or  MONSTA X and learning their choreography, featuring on reality TV shows, doing TikTok dance covers, you name it.

 And it clearly shows. Sparing but one, all the other tracks feature collaborations, 3 of which are with stars at the top of their game right now. Rain’s groundwork has helped him garner an audience among the young, adding to the older ones, giving his legacy longevity and depth of evolution.

PIECES by RAIN

PIECES BY RAIN is a mini album composed of a pentagon of tracks with collaborations featuring Jackson Wang, CHUNG HA, CIIPHER, and more. The creative album cover features five different puzzle pieces of a picture of Rain, scattered.

 

 Come then, let’s solve the puzzle that is “PIECES BY RAIN”

 

Aurora

The first piece of the puzzle and the only one exclusively performed by Rain, Aurora is a delight packed with highs. A ballad discoursing the aftermath of a consequential relationship and a yearning to revive it, Aurora gives Rain’s chilling vocals a spotlight like none. A melodious voice tinged with melancholy, Rain almost flexes his vocal abilities by incorporating multiple timbres, modulations and choir-like background layers.

The song features a bold number of instrumentals that come through distinctly, yet they do not overpower Rain’s voice, instead, acting as the perfect appetiser completing a gourmet meal. Drums, guitars, dejection et al., Aurora touches your heart, your soul and stresses upon the musical genius of Rain.

Magnetic (Feat. Jackson Wang)

 

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Produced, written, composed and partly sung by none other than Jackson Wang himself, Magnetic is a treat for fans spanning all K-pop generations. The industry could not have been ready for this holy union of the two legends creating this sensuous, lusty R&B that is driving us INSANE. Some may even say Jackson represents Rain at his prime, both having started their careers with JYP and independently signing with Sublime Artist Agency for their solo careers. Laced with heavy bass, both luminaries bring their mature lilt to the table. Rain’s high pitched airy vocals, and Jackson’s raspy, breathy voice melts together like chocolate, giving us a fun concoction worthy of their credentials. MAGNETIC is stuck in our heads “like magnetic”.

The duo recently dropped a black and white music video for “MAGNETIC” as they casually swerve through what seems to be an art gallery packed with artists who are signed under Sublime. Swagger dripping, shirts absent, visuals stunning, eyes intimidating and vocals showstopping- this music video is everything that the industry didn’t know it needed. The poetic setting and addition of Sublime’s artists and staff give this otherwise sensual collaboration, a warm and defining familial vibe.

Have you tried the Magnetic’ “Shark Challenge” yet? Don’t forget to tag us if you do!

 

Why Don’t We (Feat. CHUNG HA)

 

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Aptly titled by fans as a collaboration between the “King” and the “Princess”, Why Don’t We is another quintessential project by Rain to display that it’s always his era. The catchy number is written by industrial fame Sik-K and features the sensational soloist CHUNG HA, who recently dropped her debut album Querencia, bagging high praise from critics. The music video, instrumentals and themes of the track overlap with CHUNG HA’s Querencia theme, doing justice to her feature. 

“It was superb to work with Chungha. I’ve actually favored Chungha’s music because the previous, and I actually like her creative aspect. That’s why I wished to work along with her on this album, and that dream has come true.”- Says Rain exhibiting a man who respects the person and the craft, regardless of seniority.

The futuristic music video shows a genuinely ageless Rain, with intense visuals and the charm of a freshly debuted teenager but executes the explosive choreography with precision and skills, never missing a beat. The song is replete with EDM beats and addictive hooks. Who knew songs about romantic escapism could turn into party bops?

Come Over (Feat. Keita, TAG and WON Of Ciipher)

Being the responsible CEO, Rain took this opportunity to showcase 3 members of Ciipher, a boy group scheduled to debut under RAin’s label, on the 15th of March. Not only did the members- Keita, TAG and WON perform, they also wrote the lyrics. The result? A killer bop showcasing the boys’ impressive rap and lyric skills. Pair this with Rain’s melting chocolate voice and a near-perfect blend of creative, experimental instrumentals, and you might have just stumbled upon an aural addiction. A light, fun and sexy track which has you tapping your feet involuntarily, this is just a glimpse of Rain’s Ciipher. We can only imagine the group’s unprecedented success post an electric debut.

 

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Switch to me (Feat. J.Y Park)

Released 2 months before the album, Rain comes full circle by collaborating with J.Y Park in a humour packed video flaunting a robust choreography and production. Both J.Y Park and Rain are seen comically competing for a woman’s attention, setting themselves up for a surprising disappointment.

38 – year- old Rain flexes his toned waist in fashion-forward cropped tops while setting the dance floor on fire with a friend and mentor, J.Y. Park. The video garnered 10 million views within two weeks of release. Switch To Me was also covered in a music video by Chaeyoung and Dahyun of TWICE for their melody project. 

 

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All in all, PIECES BY RAIN has next to nothing to complain about. A breath of fresh air, it caters to diverse genres and the tastes of the current generation of fans, but from a veteran’s viewpoint which makes it enjoyable for all. We’re surely playing this album on loop for a while. Rain continues to cement himself as a Hallyu legend, untouchable and incomparable. 

 

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