Baekhyun of EXO has finally released his much-anticipated third mini-album, ‘Bambi’.
The six-track project features the previously released song ‘Amusement Park’ and dropped alongside a video for title track ‘Bambi’. In the clip, the singer roams a dimly lit train alone while dancing to the song’s electric guitar melody. As he steps onto another cabin, the lights turn on and he sings the song’s hook: “You’re my only Bambi, Bambi.”
According to a statement from SM Entertainment, ‘Bambi’ showcases Baekhyun’s “diverse R&B sensibilities”. The company later noted in a separate press release that the song’s lyrics “contain[s] a mature love story [with] fairytale expressions”.
“I think with ‘Bambi’, I’m turning into an adult from a boy. It shows the more matured Baekhyun,” the EXO member said during an online press conference, per The Korea Herald. “If the previous album had been about evolving, with this album, I tried to make those changes into mine. The album also emphasises my vocals more, with less movements in the choreography compared to ‘Candy’ but portraying a larger vocal range.”
The mini-album also includes contributions from R&B singer Clode on ‘Love Scene’, who previously worked on ‘Love Again’ from Baekhyun’s 2020 project ‘Delight’. ‘Bambi’ is said to be the singer’s final release before he enlists for his mandatory military service next month.
Baekhyun kicked off his solo career in 2019 with his first solo mini-album ‘City Lights’, which became the best-selling album by a solo artist in the history of South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart. The following year, he released ‘Delight’ and sold more than 1million copies, becoming the first album by a solo artist in South Korea to do so in 19 years.
In between his solo endeavours, he joined the South Korean supergroup SuperM with fellow EXO member Kai and other SM Entertainment idols Taemin from SHINee, Taeyong and Mark from NCT 127, and Ten and Lucas from WayV. They released their first studio album ‘Super One’ in September 2020.