Wanna One Release First & Last LP: Watch the Music Video for 'Spring Breeze'
The release of Wanna One’s first LP, 1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny), is just as exciting as it is bittersweet: The 10-track album is the 11-member boy band’s longest release to date, but also their final one together, preceding their upcoming disbandment.
Fronted by the single “Spring Breeze,” Wanna One's final album comes a year and three months after its first EP, 1X1=1 (To Be One), which peaked at No. 3 on the World Albums chart dated Aug. 26, 2017. The group was formed through the second season of the South Korean reality competition Produce series, which aired in 2017 and created the short-lived group through audience-based voting.
"Spring Breeze" is a smooth dance track that leans into lilting synths and alt rock instrumentals while sprinkling in orchestral strings, horns and piano elements to craft a stirring melody. In the song, the 11 members of Wanna One sing about meeting again "when the spring breeze passes."
Like other Wanna One singles, “Spring Breeze” was released through a visually captivating music video that intersperses scenes of the group performing clean-cut, interpretive choreography and those of them hanging out with one another. In this case, the group’s members are seen having fun together as Kang Daniel finds his way to them, and it ends with Ong Seongwu admiring a cassette tape, a running motif in Wanna One's videos.
The album as a whole flits between dance tracks, offering up both bright moments, such as on the electro-pop “Flowerbomb" co-written by Ha Sungwoon, and more dramatic ones, like the haunting “Deeper." But things end reflectively with “Beautiful, Pt. II,” a sequel to last November’s “Beautiful." It closes out the album, and the band's career, with a repetition of the former song’s poignant intro, expressing the hope that Wanna One's music reaches its audience: “Let my silly, regretful song reach the sky/ Let my night prayers in tears reach your heart.”
LP 1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny) is set to be Wanna One’s final album and precedes their planned disbandment come January. Together for just over a year, Wanna One is one of South Korea's best-selling acts of the 2010s, it was announced by Gaon Chart last week.
Watch the music video for Wanna One’s “Spring Breeze” here: