Chen of K-pop boy band EXO marked the start of April with the release of his single “Beautiful Goodbye.” The song, released through a music video, fronts his first solo album April, and a flower. Both were released on Monday (April 1).
Shared at midnight on April 1 in Seoul, “Beautiful Goodbye” positions the month as the final farewell for a relationship. A sweeping, piano-backed ballad, it is an evocative tune through which Chen (a.k.a. Kim Jongdae) uses seasonal metaphors to relay the emotions associated with a tender heartbreak.
The music video for “Beautiful Goodbye” positions Chen singing evocatively in a barren environment surrounded by dead foliage as he is accompanied by a veiled pianist and, later, similarly dressed dancers. Beautifully shot, the clip ends with the image of a solitary flower, a throw to the album’s title.
Though Chen has released solo music in the past, including soundtrack features for South Korean television shows and a multitude of collaborations, April, and a flower is his first album. He is the second member of EXO to release a solo album following Lay. It leads off with the single “Flower,” which features lyrics written by Chen, and features the song “Sorry not sorry” co-written by Paul Kim.
To commemorate the song’s release, fans trended the the hashtag “Time to Meet Chen” worldwide on Twitter.
Watch the music video for Chen’s “Beautiful Goodbye” below.
Take a listen to Chen’s April, and a flower here: