EXO leader, Suho’s 1st solo album is personal ‘self-portrait’

March 30, 2020

 Dropping his first solo album in his eight-year K-pop career Monday, Suho, the team leader of sensational boy band EXO, said he carried his biographical stories in the new album, “Self-Portrait.”

“It’s not (an album of) intense dance numbers like EXO’s. I tried to carry sentimental and personal stories as sincerely as possible,” Suho said in a written Q&A released to the media by SM Entertainment.

Suho lent his talent in writing the lyrics on all of the album’s six tracks, including the lead single, “Let’s Love,” mainly inspired by self-reflective paintings by Vincent Van Gogh he savored during a trip.

“There’s no part of the album that I did not take care of, but the part I focused the most on was the lyrics,” according to the artist.

“I wanted to communicate with EXO-L and many others through the lyrics I wrote with sincerity,” he said, referring to the name of EXO’s fandom.

An image of Suho, provided by SM Entertainment (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
An image of Suho, provided by SM Entertainment (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

An image of Suho, provided by SM Entertainment (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

After working for his entire K-pop career as an EXO member, he said, “I am excited but also under pressure to drop the music, which I wanted to do (personally), and have my own color for the first time.”

The first solo album, “Self-Portrait,” is on its way to hit major online music streaming sites at 6:00 p.m. Monday.

The lead track, “Let’s Love,” is of the modern rock genre, which amplifies Suho’s tender vocals.

The track list includes “Starry Night” and “For You Now,” featuring K-pop female singer-songwriter Younha.

“‘Let’s Love’ is a song that depicts universal aspects of love, capable of appealing to the sentiments of many different people,” he noted.

For the artist who has spent half of his 30 years preparing or performing for EXO, the band means his life itself, Suho also said, adding that he wants to reach out to more fans with the new album.