Win­ner takes it all

Korean boy band Win­ner con­tin­ues to rein­vent it­self in the com­pet­i­tive world of K-pop.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By HONG DAM-YOUNG

A K-POP idol act’s full-length al­bum means more than just set­ting out an­other pro­mo­tional cy­cle, es­pe­cially if it is packed with 12 self-cre­ated tracks.

Win­ner, a promi­nent K-pop boy band under YG En­ter­tain­ment, was con­fi­dent in that the act’s sec­ond full-length al­bum EVERYD4Y wasa re­sult of its con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to rein­vent and hone them­selves.

“For the last few years since our de­but, there was no sin­gle time we have stopped to be­come bet­ter Win­ner. I can con­fi­dently say that we’ve never re­ceived a com­ment ‘Win­ner’s been do­ing the same mu­sic all along’ from peo­ple ex­cept for those who hate us. Such as­sess­ment makes us stronger,” said Se­unghoon dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view. Win­ner com­prises four mem­bers – Jin­woo, Se­unghoon, Mino and Se­ungy­oon.

The self-made al­bum, led by lead track Ev­ery­day, marks the act’s first re­lease in eight months, as well as its new full-length al­bum in four years since its de­but al­bum 2014 S/S.

And in this fast-paced world of K-pop in­dus­try, re­turn­ing with a fully packed al­bum wouldn’t have been easy if it were not for YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk’s sup­port, said Win­ner.

Af­ter pulling all-nighters for seven days to record their new songs, the mem­bers re­quested Yang to con­firm their re­sults. What they heard from Yang, who is known for be­ing stingy with com­pli­ments, was the best com­ment ever since their de­but.

“He (Yang) said our new songs were in­ter­est­ing to the ears, and sug­gested we make a full-length al­bum. It was a to­tally un­ex­pected gift.

“We’ve never re­ceived such a pos­i­tive com­ment from Yang,” Mino said.

Com­posed by Se­ungy­oon and Mino, the al­bum’s lead track Ev­ery­day is a sea­son­ally apro­pos bright trap-cen­tred track that uses a breezy dance­hall sound. Fea­tur­ing mid-tempo rhyth­mic beat, the song is also rem­i­nis­cent of Win­ner’s pre­vi­ous hit Is­land.

The al­bum also in­cludes Air, pro­duced by Se­ungy­oon, Hello, a hiphop track com­posed by Mino, Turn Of­fTheLight , Mino’s solo track that of­fers a more ma­ture sound, We Were, a bluesy rock bal­lad cre­ated by Se­ungy­oon, and Spe­cial Night, a song where Se­unghoon took part in pro­duc­ing for the first time.

Four is an un­lucky num­ber to some, but Win­ner ex­plained that it chose April 4 as the date of its new re­lease, as it was the ex­act date when the act’s break­out hit

Re­ally Re­ally was dropped last year.

Win­ner also said lis­ten­ers would be able to re cog ni se some mu­si­cal changes be­tween tracks, as some of them were made few years ago.

“I think our mu­sic be­came trendier than four years ago. Back then, we tried to show­case some­thing new that didn’t ride on trends, but now we are fo­cus­ing ona­soundthat young peo­ple can en­joy as well,” Se­ungy­oon said.

The orig­i­nally five-piece group de­buted in 2014, but went through a lineup tran­si­tion as mem­ber Nam Tae­hyun left the group in Novem­ber 2016.

Af­ter a hia­tus of over a year, Win­ner gained mo­men­tum again as one of K-pop’s most promis­ing acts by re­leas­ing top-chart­ing hits such as Re­ally Re­ally and

Fool and of­fer­ing a softer style than its la­bel mates such as Big Bang and iKon.

Mino shared that he lost about 10kg in the process of come­back due to the hec­tic sched­ule.

Se­unghoon said the mem­bers spend a lot of time talk­ing about mu­sic and dis­cussing their mu­si­cal di­rec­tion off­stage.

“I want peo­ple to as­sess our al­bum it­self, rather than our ap­pear­ances. I know it may be hard for some peo­ple to go through all 12 tracks, but I would ap­pre­ci­ate if they could lis­ten to each of them, as no child is more pre­cious than any other,” Mino said. – The Korea Her­ald/Asia News Net­work

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K-pop boy band Win­ner is back with their sec­ond al­bum.

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