After releasing her debut album, Evolve, last year, Myolie Wu officially started her singer journey outside of her drama career. After a year of hard work, Myolie now has released a new album, Loveholic, using her voice to combine all the different perspectives of romance and portraying out the new definition of love!
Passionate In Love
After the experience of producing the first album, the entire production process for this new album, Loveholic, has been smoother than expected. At the same time, using Loveholic as the main theme, it turns out that this was not deliberately being arranged either. “Though I don’t dare to say that there’s improvement, I still feel that the entire production process has evidently been smoother and better as compared to the first album. After all, I’ve accumulated a little recording experience. As for the album being titled Loveholic this time, it definitely leads to everyone thinking about romance, right? We did not deliberately have this theme in mind at first before producing this album. It’s until during the recording process that we discovered the songs being chosen this time revolve around the love theme. Every song brings out a different attitude of feelings, so we decided to specially choose love as the main theme.” Loveholic has 6 new Cantonese songs and 1 Mandarin song. Myolie even joked that most of the songs were more depressing. “Because there’ll be different experiences for love at different stages. But this time, most of the songs are the more depressing kinds. Only the duet by Kevin Cheng and I, Have Intention, is talking about a story on a couple trying to guess each other’s thoughts but did not have the courage to confess their feelings out. It’s a little sweet. The duet, Break Off, with Chilam is definitely a tragic song lah. As for Love Delusion, it’s about the youngsters nowadays. When they date, they first start from the other party’s looks, but they don’t understand what kind of partner is then suitable for themselves. In addition, youngsters need to learn from their lessons, before being able to understand their own wants.” Similar to the previous main plug, Solo Travel, Love Delusion is also being composed by Charmaine Fong. Myolie even felt that this was the continuation of Solo Travel, using an upbeat tune to portray out the youngsters’ love mistakes.
Rather than saying that the songs in Loveholic are tragic, it’s better to describe it as the common problems many people have met during the love journey. Myolie continued to talk about the songs, “Bright Day is also a tragic song. Normally, when people are dating, they will be blinded by love. Only after the relationship had ended, then they began to wake up to their senses. It’s like seeing bright light once again. As for Soulmate, it’s not quite a tragic song. I believe many ladies will wish to find a suitable soulmate at many times. And each time when they date, they will believe that they can be together with the other party till old age! But in the end after being together for so long, they will start to have arguments and discover that the other party might not be their soulmate. After that, they go on to search for another one. This is a repeated cycle experienced by many. Then is a true soulmate only being bestowed by God? Though Loveholic uses love as its main theme, they focus on bringing out different love problems, and each song touches your heart.
Myolie, whom admitted that she’s more focused on music this year, started preparing this album since the middle of this year. She even tried out the lyricist job for the first time. “This year, more time has been spent on my music. Because after filming a drama at the beginning of the year, there’s a period of time where I can stay in Hong Kong and focus on my album. So I tried out penning the lyrics for the first time – the Mandarin version of Soulmate, Searching for Love. I spent a night penning the lyrics. I feel that penning the lyrics really requires you to imagine scenes of the song. If you have, then you can complete quickly. But at first, I once tried penning the Cantonese version. But good lyrics for Cantonese songs need to have some rhyming. In the end, after I wrote the first part, I could not continue writing on. So I started with the easier one – the Mandarin version!” Myolie even joked that for her first lyrics, the producer decided to use it without doing much changes to it. This made her quite excited! Other than personally penning lyrics, Myolie also worked with different producers to find more changes to herself, and even sing out the different attitudes towards love!
Many Producers Behind-The-Scene
This time, Myolie’s new album has found many famous producers like Edward Chan, Tang Chi Wai, Peter Kam and Adrian Chow. Myolie expressed that for Soulmate, which she worked with Adrian Chow, the song had been recorded close to 100 times before Adrian gave it an okay!“Though I’ve no idea if I’d really recorded 100 times, the feeling’s really like I’ve recorded 100 times. Because Adrian felt that when I sing, I’m too self-conscious and couldn’t express the scenario in the song. Of course, Adrian’s demands on me and his strict professionalism made me feel touched too!”
First Duet With Chilam
Myolie sang a duet, Break Off, with Julian Cheung. This song is even Chilam’s first recorded song after he returned to the music industry. Myolie said, “During the recording, it was my first time listening to his voice at such a close distance. I felt really touched. I feel that the aim of singing should be like this. Other than pitching and other singing techniques, it’s important to touch the listeners too!”