JUNIEL – PISCES
2. Pisces (Inst.)
Debuting in Korea in 2012, Juniel has cranked out three mini-albums and a handful of singles with varying degrees of success. Recently, she switched up agencies, dumping FNC Entertainment and signing with C9 Entertainment. "Pisces" is her first digital single under the new company.
"Pisces" is notable for a few reasons, the first being that this is her first release with C9 Entertainment. The second is that she dumps her traditional guitar-driven music in favor of piano and organ. She also wrote and composed the track herself. There's certainly echoes of her old work here, but the song was definitely designed around her strengths.
The voice is sweet, sometimes pleading, and there are hints of regret. In some cases the tune is haunting, in other cases stirring. She uses music well to highlight what she wants to say. It's a song about a breakup, and there's some interesting imagery and metaphor, vignettes that take it beyond just whining about a lost love. It's a very soothing listen, with her masterful vocals guiding and relaxing you.
Rather than being given stock material, she was given the freedom to craft what she wanted. now I'm curious to see what she can do with an EP. Taken as a whole, Juniel's single is a jewel in her crown.
The whole MV revolves around the theme of loneliness, with solitary sequences interspersed with memories of togetherness. The MV moves from one scene to next freely. There are scenes where she's alone in a forest, in a field, and on a foot bridge where her man walks away from her.
It's well-filmed, and the video is very appropriate to the theme. It's quiet and respectful, and doesn't sink too far into sadness. The scenes are peaceful, and never jarring, and I think that's part of why you feel nice rather than heartbroken when watching this.
Juniel does a good job with facial expressions on film. She has kind of a wistful look rather than a morose one. That's entirely as it should be given the subject matter.
Can I say this is a good video? Yes, yes I can.