IU has shared yet another teaser from her highly anticipated fifth studio album.
On February 25, the K-pop soloist posted a 19-second video snippet on social media with the caption: “IU 5th Album Objet Teaser ‘BYLAC’”. She also confirmed that the album is expected to drop next month.
The cryptic preview shows a chessboard before it pans to IU holding a black rose as joyful piano melody plays in the background. “One, two, three, four,” she whispers at the end of the clip. Check out the teaser here:
— 아이유(IU) 공식 트위터 (@_IUofficial) February 25, 2021
The latest teaser comes after the singer shared two images from the album – one titled ‘BYLAC’ and the other ‘HILAC’. See them below:
— 아이유(IU) 공식 트위터 (@_IUofficial) February 23, 2021
— 아이유(IU) 공식 트위터 (@_IUofficial) February 17, 2021
The album will mark IU’s long-awaited follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2017 LP ‘Palette’, which included the hits ‘Through The Night’ and ‘Ending Scene’, plus fan favourite ‘Can’t Love You Anymore’ featuring Oh Hyuk of Hyukoh.
IU previewed her upcoming project last month with ‘Celebrity’, a track NME described as an elegant synth pop toast to imperfections in a four-star review.
‘BYLAC’ will mark the singer’s first musical project in nearly a year. In 2020, she released two singles: ‘Eight’ with BTS’ Suga and ‘Give You My Heart’ as part of the soundtrack for Korean drama Crash Landing On You. In 2019, IU released her Love Poem EP, which included the song ‘Blueming’.
Earlier this month, IU was cast in Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s upcoming Korean debut, Broker. She will join a star-studded cast lineup featuring Parasite’s Song Kang-ho, Bae Doo-na of Sense 8 fame, and Kang Dong-won. The movie is set to follow a group of individuals whose lives become intertwined after they discover a mysterious ‘Baby Box’. No other details surrounding the film, including a release date, has been confirmed.