After all the hype and teasers in the lead up to the release of their collaboration track ‘Young‘ for Station x 0, EXO‘s Baekhyun and Loco have well and truly delivered on the promise.
This collaboration was one that we had been hoping for, and it arrived with fanfare and much expectation riding on it’s broad shoulders. Luckily for us, Baekhyun and Loco have given us a track that is not only an impressive listen, it also delivers an important message.
The electro-pop track urges us to follow our dreams, a message that is delivered through the soothing and expressive vocals of Baekhyun and the cool, rhythmic rap of Loco, with each providing the perfect vocal foil for the other.
Free of the need to fit the perfect K-pop mould, this song brings a sense of grandeur with the vocal layering pulsing over the atmospheric hip-hop groove which is highlighted by the addition of strings.
Baekhyun‘s expressive vocal style allows the song to soar while at the same time providing an important critique on a society that attempts to make individuals fit a societal mould instead of allowing them to follow their own distinct path. You can feel the emotion when Baekhyun sings, “Find the way from you want from today on.” Before continuing , “Let yourself be more free, yeah do some foolish imagining/ you are still so young.”
The accompanying music plays to the theme of the song’s lyrics, with Baekhyun and Loco watching over scenes reminiscent of classrooms and the perceived production lines that churn out the conformity of youth.
Watch Baekhyun’s x Loco’s ‘Young’ collaboration
‘Young‘ is one of six releases that will be part of ‘Station x 0‘. ‘Station x 0‘ is a spin-off of the highly successful SM Station and is a joint venture between SM Entertainment and SK Telecom.
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Written and edited by Narelle