K-pop boyband CIX have returned with their sophomore EP, Hello Chapter 2: Hello, Strange Place.
On the five-track project, the group aimed to highlight “many of the issues affecting our generation,” member Yonghee said at a recent press showcase, according to the Korea Herald. For instance, lead single “Numb” is a hip hop-tinged track which chronicles the pressures of the South Korean education system.
Prior to the EP’s arrival, the group released a series of short films which call attention to social and mental health issues students face, such as abuse and self-harm. “The topics we covered in our story film[s] were heavy, but we want to continue to highlight the issues,” member BX explained at the showcase. “Many people around our age experience [the same problems], though the level of seriousness might be different [in] each case.”
Watch the Hello, Strange Place short films here, and stream CIX’s Hello Chapter 2: Hello, Strange Place EP below: