Loona Make a Fierce Comeback with ‘Paint The Town’
The single marks the return of member HaSeul, who had been on hiatus from group activities since January 2020
Eight months after the release of “Why Not” from their third EP, 12:00, South Korean girl group Loona elevate their musical persona with “Paint The Town.” Packaged as a blend between modern-day Bollywood meets trap, “Paint The Town” brings forward a melody built of distinct bass, Indian flute, the tabla, and dubstep.
The music video opens with member Kim Lip standing in an atrium as she intently looks above– the silence is gradually filled with 808 bass sounds and modern Bollywood-inspired instrumentals with the vocalist singing, “Get Ready,” alerting listeners to Loona’s arrival. With choreography being the prime focus, Loona narrate a tale of independence and determination through captivating sequences executed within the sandy floor of the atrium.
The effortless switch between genres is highlighted as the song progresses from its chorus to its post-chorus. While the chorus draws its energy from powerful dubstep, the soundscape switches genre during the post-chorus with members Olivia Hye, Yves, Kim Lip supporting the Indian instrumental fusion as they sing, “We’ll take to the moon/ Block the moon’s eyes/ The 12 eyes of the eclipse that started might cover you.” The metaphorical verse depicts Loona’s solidarity towards one another, emphasizing the fact that the group are unstoppable when all the 12 members are together.
Loona’s fourth EP [&] comprises seven songs, including the title track “Paint The Town.” The other songs are “&,” “WOW,” “Be Honest,” “Dance On My Own,” “A Different Night” and “U R”. A Japanese version of the title track has also been released.