K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE released its highly anticipated mini-album I burn via Republic Records on Monday (Jan. 11).
The sextet’s six-song project threads together musical arrangements and Eastern instrumentation to collect the pieces of a broken heart, as I burn describes the aftermath of a painful breakup through the motif of a blazing fire and the sequential triumph like a blooming flower. The South Korean group’s leader Soyeon earns writing credits on three songs, while Minnie scores two and Yuqi has one.
(G)I-DLE reworked their 2018 single “HANN” for the EP’s opener, titled “HANN (Alone in the winter).” I burn’s proper lead single “HWAA” ignites one’s inner-fire to avoid the cold feelings brought on by a breakup over a moombahton-inspired beat, while its closing track “DAHLIA” flourishes as an upbeat love song. “I’ll choose to love you anyway, oh/ ‘Cause you’re my Dahlia,” Soojin and Miyeon sing in English in the chorus.
They also released the official music video for “HWAA.”
(G)I-DLE’s last EP I trust debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Albums chart last April.
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