Words by Erika Magpili | Photo Credits: Wonho Youtube Channel
After promoting as a solo artist, singer-songwriter, and producer Wonho is ready to take on another leap in his career with his hit single “Open Mind” from his first mini album, Love Synonym #1: Right For Me.
At the start of his new journey as a solo artist, Wonho showcased not only his superb vocals but also his skills as a lyricist, composer, and producer in his first mini album. In the making of his debut album, Wonho actively participated in writing a number of songs, including his pre-released English single “Losing You” and the album’s title track, “Open Mind”. The album boasts a total of eight tracks, with each track delivering a different atmosphere and character. Upon its release, the album made an impressive debut taking the number one spot on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and K-Pop Album Chart.
Worldwide iTunes Album Chart
1. Love Synonym #1: Right for Me (+24)
— Monsta X Charts (@charts_monstax) September 4, 2020
“Open Mind”, which was released on September 4, is an electronic pop dance track that uses an ‘80s-style warped bass as a foundation and synth to create a tremendous effect with occasional distorted vocals and 808 beat. The track talks about a man’s longing to be with the woman he desires even just for a night: “You don’t have to love me / Cause we want the same thing / Tell me your desires / And I’ll bring ‘em all to life / For just one night / Keep an open mind girl / Oh you and I / We’ll go from zero to a hundred / In one night.”
Meanwhile, the accompanying video for the track radiates Wonho’s confidence and endless charisma. In the music video, the multi-talented singer showed off his toned and muscular physique in a range of different outfits from wearing jackets on his bare body to completely nailing a gorgeous sleek suit ensemble. Wonho, along with a group of dancers, showcased a powerful and sleek choreography in a room lit up in stylish combinations of neon reds, purples, and blues.
“I love the video! I’m pretty sure my fans would love it, too. It’s upbeat-dancy and very hopeful at the same time. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out now,” Wonho shared in an interview with Access Hollywood.
Asked about his feelings and inspiration behind the album, Wonho has this to say: “I have mixed feelings about it but mostly I am happy, relieved and excited for it and my new route in life!”. The singer added, “It was mainly the thought of bringing myself as I am to my fans, and create the songs I love and can empower everyone.”.
Wonho was a member of the K-Pop group Monsta X until they parted ways in 2019. The singer signed a new contract under Highline Entertainment and released his pre-released English single “Losing You” on August 14. PULP