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Jooyoung Restarts Career After Military Service With Stellar 'Fountain' EP

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Jooyoung

Jooyoung made his highly awaited comeback a surprise for fans with the release of Fountain. Arriving on March 3, the singer-songwriter's third EP marks his first new music after taking a break at the height of his burgeoning career to fulfill South Korea's compulsory military service back in 2015.

Yet the Starship Entertainment artist proves that he hasn't lost his step in that time and swiftly reconfirms his status as one of Korea's most magnetic alt-R&B acts.

Throughout the sprawling, six-track project, the soulful singer uses his signature silky-smooth vocals to explore the subjects of love and longing over a lush soundscape of cascading piano chords, beautifully reverberating vintage organs, and moody synth loops. Jooyoung eases in with the alluring opening track "Daydream," then delves deeper into the complexity of emotions with hypnotic cuts like lead single "Dive," the slow-burning "Wine," (featuring vocal prodigy G-Soul) and "Planet Girl" with a glitchy, future-soul sound.

Spanning on a cinematic arc, Fountain is an illuminating display of Jooyoung's personal growth and artistic progression, highlighting his ability to fuse elements of R&B, jazz, trap and electronic music with delicate lyrics and remarkable vocals for one cohesive record.

Although the 28-year-old has steadily earned commercial success -- as well as Internet adoration -- thanks to the success of tracks like "Wet," "You and Me" and "Erase" (the latter track named one of Billboard's best K-pop songs of 2014), Jooyoung seems more focused than ever to push boundaries, and Fountain is a promising restart to what is bound to be a long-lasting career.

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