South Korean artist Kim Han-bin, better known as B.I, has released his much-anticipated debut studio album ‘Waterfall’.
The 12-track full-length record was entirely co-written by the former iKON member, and includes collaborations with K-pop vocalist Lee Hi (on ‘Daydream’) and rapper Tablo of Epik High (on ‘Stay’). The album also dropped alongside a cinematic video for the title track ‘Illa Illa’.
“I wrote the song wishing that it could provide comfort to those that listen to it. Everyone has their own struggles whether it be with relationships, work, family, loneliness,” B.I said of ‘Illa Illa’ in a press release. “As much as it can seem difficult at the time, there is a beach in the distance. To remember that every chapter that closes just means that a new chapter is about to begin.”
The album is the former iKON member’s second release as a soloist, following his three-song project ‘Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)’ in March. That EP, which was B.I’s first official solo release since leaving the K-pop boyband, included the self-composed tracks ‘Midnight Blue’, ‘Remember Me’ and ‘Blossom’.
In a glowing four-star review, NME’s Ruby C noted that the songs on the three-song release “are completely different in sound and feel”, but also said that they are “distinctively B.I”. She added that the EP “could well and truly bring comfort to those who have missed hearing from him, and keep them looking forward to more”.
Proceeds from that three-track project were also donated to the non-profit organisation World Vision. “He is preparing these projects with a desire to contribute to the world through music that he is continuing from ‘Midnight Blue.’ He will make a warm contribution in a new way,” said a representative from his agency, as translated by Soompi.