IU is back with her hotly anticipated fifth album Lilac.
Previewed earlier with the January single “Celebrity,” Lilac finds the K-pop star swapping out minimal pop production for high energy synthpop melodies, and experimenting with new genres like funk and soul. In an interview with W Korea, IU said that she wanted to create “big music and stories” on her new album.
“It will be ornate and diverse in many ways, including the meanings of the messages and the breadth of the music’s sound,” she said, as translated by Soompi. “None of the songs on this album were composed by me alone. When I looked at it from the perspective of a producer, I came to the conclusion that there’s no need for there to be a self-composed song by IU just because it’s an IU album.”
The ten-track record also features “Troll,” a collaboration with R&B singer Dean, who helped pen and compose the song. On it, the duo play the roles of former lovers who can’t seem to forget each other. “We’re lost in a circle / This boring spinning troll / We’re going back to back, so it can never end,” they sing on the chorus.
Lilac also dropped alongside a fantastical visual for the city pop-inspired title track. In it, IU boards a magical train that takes her on an adventure of a lifetime. Watch it below:
Stream Lilac here: