South Korean singer-songwriter IU has returned with a brand-new song, “Eight” featuring Suga of BTS.
In a press statement, IU described the song—which she co-wrote and -produced alongside Suga—as a “short novel of confession of my 28-year-old self to the fictional character ‘you’ using various metaphors.”
“I’m not sure whether it comes from my personal feelings or from the general atmosphere of a society that is enduring tough times together due to disasters,” she explained, “but my 28-year-old life is likely to be remembered as a recurring helplessness and fatigue.”
On his online radio show, Suga said that the “production process was very smooth so there wasn’t a lot of back-and-forths. I wrote the beat and the melody came quickly after that. After I finished working on [the song], I listened to it a lot.”
“Eight” dropped alongside a futuristic visual starring IU. In it, the singer transports herself from a gloomy reality to an alternate universe where the sun shines brighter and the grass is greener. Suga, however, does not appear in the clip.
Watch the video for “Eight” below: