‘Lucky You!‘ is a collaboration album between famous producer Primary and singer Ohhyuk, and the effort demonstrates synergy at its best. This is a fantastic EP that completely blew me away, and its only downfall is that it’s only consists of four songs.
Although Primary is a pretty famous and popular producer, Ohhyuk was someone I’d never heard of prior to this album. In fact, Hyukoh (the band he is the lead vocal of) is actually relatively new, with their first official release having been in Sept. 2014. The newness of Ohhyuk strengthens the album, however, as his unique and soothing but powerful voice (as well as his participation in the songwriting) help give a freshness to the style that Primary is most known for.
Primary has frequently stated in interviews that his goal is to make music that won’t go out of style and won’t sound “old” even many years from now. While I can’t say for a fact what people will think of Primary’s songs tens of years from now, I certainly find that much of Primary’s music achieves his stated goal, as the songs in ‘Lucky You!’ are trendy yet definitely unique and classic.
The EP opens up with “eTunnel,” the song in the EP with the most familiar Primary sound to it, and it eases listeners into transitioning between the well-known Primary style to a slightly different feel. Next is “Bawling,” the title track of the EP. “Bawling” is a fun song with groovy, R&B/jazz elements that shows off the strengths of Ohhyuk’s voice. The third track, “Island,” is a song about loneliness, and therefore has some heavier elements, but it still manages to be a fun track. The EP then closes with “공드리,” a song dedicated to Michel Gondry and featuring Lim Kim.
‘Lucky You!’ is an EP I can boldly say lacks nothing. All four songs are so unique and strong, while also coming together to form a cohesive EP. The whole effort completely captivated me, and while it might not captivate every single person, it’s definitely a must-listen that at least deserves a chance from everybody.