Following per week of teasers and rising pleasure, the highly-anticipated collaboration between IU (actual identify Lee Jieun) and BTS member Suga (actual identify Min Yoongi) is lastly right here.

Because the clock struck 6 p.m. in Korea, IU and Suga’s joint effort dropped within the type of “에잇” (Hangeul spelling of the phonetization of the English phrase “Eight,” which serves as the only’s alternate title). The pair unveiled the collaboration on streaming platforms in addition to 1theK’s official YouTube channel.

The tune has a feel-good pop type that includes ethereal synths that characterize Suga’s current productions, like Heize’s “We Do not Discuss Collectively.” Guitar and piano instrumentals additionally take heart stage, giving the monitor a cinematic (or OST) really feel. However hidden beneath that lightness are advanced metaphors that give “Eight” a weightier message.

In Melon’s description, IU describes the tune as a “quick confessional recount” instructed from the attitude of a character-like persona known as “You” (“너” in Korean). The tune makes use of numerous analogies (just like the “orange solar” and an “everlasting island”) to transmit a way of longing, all via the lens of youth and loss. “I’m unsure whether or not that is coming from my private sentiment, the final ambiance of the society that’s struggling via exhausting instances because of the catastrophe, or each,” IU defined of the tune, in keeping with Doolset Bangtan’s translation. “I really feel like my 28 shall be remembered as a repeated feeling of helplessness and lethargy and the eager for the ‘orange island’ the place we weren’t unhappy and had been in a position to be at liberty.” Offered as a narration between two characters in soliloquy type, “Eight” dwells on reminiscences and previous encounters, in keeping with Genius and fan translations — and it’s closely open to interpretation.

“Every thing involves me because it pleases and leaves with out even saying goodbye/If it’s like this, I don’t need to love something,” IU sings within the first verse, per Doolset Bangtan’s translation. The Daegu wordsmith then joins IU within the second verse together with his signature perceptiveness. Although quick, as Suga’s verse advances, his sharp traces make approach for a refined, softened impact that leans extra into honeyed vocals, matching the tune’s cadence and story.

In the meantime, the music video for “Eight” simply provides to the imaginative, nostalgic feeling of the lyrics. It kicks off with IU getting into a Gattaca-inspired futuristic lab. As she lays on a stretcher, she will get transported into totally different worlds via reminiscences. Mixing high-quality 3D and 2D animation kinds as all as live-action, drama-inspired pictures, the video and its orange-y glow enlarge the storytelling.

Based on the credit on Melon, IU and Suga labored collectively on every thing from the lyrics to the composition and association of the monitor, the latter two in tandem with EL CAPITXN (who has labored with Suga on BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 and Epik Excessive’s “Everlasting Sunshine,” amongst many different initiatives). In April, Ok-media reported it was IU who had approached Suga with the collaboration supply.

Yoongi briefly touched upon the tune’s launch on his “DJ ShoopD KKUL FM 06.13” VLIVE radio broadcast with fellow BTS member RM (actual identify Kim Namjoon), who described the tune as “excellent for driving.” As standard, Namjoon is correct.

Within the lead as much as “Eight,” followers trended hashtags resembling #IUxSUGA and #EIGHTIsComing on Twitter. The ability duet didn’t disappoint as followers appear to be greater than ecstatic with the discharge, which has already skyrocketed to the highest of Melon’s charts. “Eight” is the primary digital single off IU’s upcoming comeback schedule, following the discharge of her EP Love Poem in 2019 in addition to an OST tune for Netflix’s vastly in style drama Crash Touchdown on You earlier this yr.

For those who haven’t already (or you probably have and need to once more, which is greater than legitimate), you may watch the official video for “Eight” beneath:

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