IU‘s newest 5th album, “LILAC,” is on the way to release and in recent interview with W Korea IU shared some amazing details about her 5th album.
Q: For the first time in 4 years on March 25, her 5th album “LILAC” will be released. Just 1 year ago, we had an interview, do you remember? You told us you had a ‘big appetite.’ Ever since you were little, you had big aspirations and big music ambitions.
IU replied, “I reflected on those thoughts while making this album. The meaning behind the messages, the sound of the music, everything is splendid and colorful. In this album, there are no self-composed songs. From my producer’s perspective, they said that just because it’s my album doesn’t mean there has to be self-composed songs. Until now, I told my personal stories through my music in a cool and simple way. That didn’t match the tone of this album so I decided to take out my songs.‘
Q: I can feel how you fined-tuned this album is with the objective and impartial eyes of a producer.
IU revealed what she would like her fans to feel and think of when they listen to her new album. She said, “I want to make people think while listening to this album, ‘IU has released a really straightforward and direct album!’ An album that people will enjoy listening to and also has a lot to say. An album that is fun from the beginning to end and doesn’t have any songs that make you have to push yourself to listen to.“
IU then shared how her “LILAC” album is different from her previous albums. She explained, “I feel like I’ve reached a level of career experience to be able to decide whether a song is a one that can instantly captivate the listener from the very first listen or if it’s a song that will take two or three more listens to really love. I have created albums that, despite knowing what I know, I would think, ‘Even so, I still want to add this song as in as a b-side track’ or ‘this is a self-composed song that contains the essence of my being so I want to add this in.’ But, in this album, there are no songs like that.“
She further added, “The tone and theme of the album are more definite than ever and it’s the theme of ‘Greeting.’ This album is my goodbye to my twenties. It obtains my appreciation towards everyone that has watched over my twenties. The main term ‘LILAC’ is ‘The memories of my youth.’ It will be as if I’m expressing, ‘I’ll now be moving onto the next chapter in my goodbye while also saying hello in anticipation to the new chapter of my thirties.“
Q: This is your first full-length album after 4 years so you’ve probably had a lot of thoughts and concerns about it. Were there parts in it that you contemplated over and over again?
IU answered, “Since I began producing at the age of 23, it’s inevitable that I would have a specific personal color. I thought a lot about whether I should share this story of my hello/goodbye greetings with my personal style, or if I should try to show the difference between the start and end (of my 20s) with a different sound and feel. So I put in a lot of time into this album and it has gone through several revisions and alterations. Overall, rather than the same collaborators that I usually work with, I met with a lot of new people. In any situation, whether it was a long process or not, I think the time put in was necessary to find the right chemistry with each other.“
IU’s 5th Album “LILAC” is set to release on 25th March 2021!!