The first EP by band O.O.O (which stands for Out of Office), Home sets O.O.O apart and demonstrates the band’s unique qualities and sound.
In various interviews after the release of Home, O.O.O has discussed how each of the 4 members are so drastically different, even joking that the combination of the 4 members’ tastes represents the tastes of everyone in the world. Despite these differences, O.O.O states that they place emphasis on letting each member do what he likes. While such an approach could certainly go wrong, with O.O.O, everything simply works perfectly together to create the band’s unique, special sound.
With that said, the songs in Home are not out-of-this-world, never-been-heard-before type songs. Rather, Home is unique precisely because these different elements come together to sound so natural and comfortable. It’s not flashy, it’s not trying too hard to create something new nor trying to change one another’s tastes—it’s the natural result of four different individuals learning to communicate with each other while still maintaining what each likes and does best.
The album opens with “아침” (direct translation: Morning), a condoling song about reluctantly waking up in the morning for another uncertain and tough day. The title track, “거짓말” (direct translation: Lie), is unique in that Ka Sung Hyun (the vocalist, guitarist, and member who wrote the lyrics), after writing the initial lyrics, swapped the “You”s to “Me”s and vice versa to create a new meaning and depict a person lying and hiding one’s ones feelings. Thematically, the songs in Home deal with uncertainty and the songs flow to tell a story of a hard day that starts and ends with, ultimately, home.
Overall what stands out about Home, though, is the quality of the music – how professional everything sounds. It’s hard to believe this is just the band’s first EP (and the first release with the current 4-member lineup), and every aspect of the album boasts a level of professionalism and quality difficult to match. O.O.O has surely set the bar high for themselves with Home, and they are certainly a band to keep on your radar.