Release Date: May 23rd, 2018
Total Runtime: 00:03:12
Recommended For: Fans of laid-back, mid-tempo tracks
Not Recommended For: Those sick of stock standard K-R&B, those looking for powerful vocals
Moonbyul is Mamamoo’s next member to embark on a solo project, and she brings a flavour that we typically don’t see from her group. “Selfish,” a song from her debut EP of the same name, is a collaboration with Red Velvet’s skilled vocalist, Seulgi. It’s a bright and bouncy track that explores a simple yet unique idea- that it’s okay to be ‘selfish’ sometimes.
The song fades in with a playful synth accompanied by a simple acoustic guitar before establishing the song’s mid-tempo drum beat. “Selfish” gives you those ‘lazy day’ vibes, perfectly capturing the essence of transitioning from spring to summer. Whilst it’s perhaps the point, “Selfish” is almost too easy to listen to. By the end of the first chorus, it becomes patently obvious that the song has virtually no discernible melody. The track could do with a little variation (particularly in the second verse), as it borders on bland.
The performance of the two artists aren’t particularly outstanding, mainly because there ain’t much room for Moonbyul and Seulgi to strut their stuff. However, it’s a pleasant surprise to hear how easily their voices mesh together. Seulgi’s gentle voice provides a pleasing contrast to Moonbyul’s brooding tone, yet there’s still balance. It almost feels as though the two are bouncing off each other against the rhythmic instrumentation, and that dynamic is a large part of what keeps the song going.
The use of the term “selfish” in the song is a little tongue-in-cheek. Moonbyul doesn’t actually consider her actions selfish, she’s daring other people to frown upon her for satisfying her own needs. It’s an awesome concept, and it feels infinitely more empowering than any ‘wear the pants’ girl group song ever could.
“Selfish” is a seasonally perfect song, but it’s just a touch too laid back to be thoroughly engaging. On the whole, the successful collaborative elements of the track are unfortunately nullified by its desperate need for variation in the arrangement. However, the general overall mood and lyrical content of the song are to be praised. Although “Selfish” isn’t necessarily the most musically innovative K-R&B song, its message still prevails.