Details From YG after the cut
Is it a full album?
Yes. This is Taeyang’s second full album. It’s called RISE and it has a total of 9 songs. It’s his first full album in 4 years since his first one, SOLAR, in July 2010.
What can you tell us about the title track?
Taeyang took part in composing and writing several tracks in the album, but the sole title track is “Eyes, Nose, Lips”, a joint production with YG’s main producers TEDDY and DEE.P.
For the past few years, most YG artists promoted two or three title tracks. What is the reason behind the decision to pick a single title track for Taeyang’s album?
Most songs in Taeyang’s new album were regarded as title tracks at one point, so selecting joint title tracks was the hardest task. This is why we chose “Eyes, Nose, Lips” as a single title track and decided to focus on it for early promotion. We offered Taeyang to be in charge of his solo album production 4 years ago, and late last year, when the album was nearing completion, we were about to make the tracks Let Go, 1AM, and Body the three title tracks. However, Taeyang was keen to work further on the album and at the end of last year, I actively got involved. As a result, we added tracks This Ain’t It, Stay With Me, and lastly, Eye, Nose Lips, which eventually became the title song.
Every time a new song was added, it was excellent enough to be the title track, but “Eyes, Nose, Lips” was chosen because when Taeyang sang the first line, it was so powerful that our past plans simply evaporated.
The excitement was passed on to me as I watched him record the song. I even suggested, “Youngbae, how about filming an M/V like this for this song?”—this was the first time for me to propose an idea for a music video for a YG artist since Big Mama’s “Break Away” 11 years ago. That is how much affection I have for “Eyes, Nose, Lips”.
From “Look Only At Me” to the recent “Ringa Linga”, most title tracks were done with dance performances—but “Eyes, Nose, Lips“ is a slow R&B song that steers away from dance moves and maximizes the strengths of Taeyang’s sentimental voice.
Single title track means one music video?
Not exactly… We are releasing 3 music videos. The music video of the title track “Eyes, Nose, Lips” will be unveiled simultaneously with the online album on June 2nd at 12AM. The music video for “1AM” will be released on June 10th at 1AM. We recently decided to have an additional video for “Body”, the fastest-tempo song in the 2nd album, which we are considering as the follow-up track. It will be directed by Seo Hyun Seung and the release date is estimated around mid-June.
Thoughts on Taeyang’s imminent 2nd album release as the producer?
Apart from “Ringa Linga”, which was already released as a single last year, there will be 8 new songs in Taeyang’s 2nd album, including the intro. Despite having 20 complete songs that Taeyang recorded for the second album, we carefully selected 9 songs in respect of his wish to focus more on quality than quantity. All the songs are truly exceptional that they could all be title tracks. Although there are more things I want to say about the latest album, I believe it is right for Taeyang to do it himself when it is released.
(Thanks to redsun for providing the summary before we updated with the official YG-Life translation!)