Indie dream-pop artist nijuu has released the long-awaited nijuu in the forest EP via The state51 Conspiracy. The seven-track collection, sung in both Korean and English, includes the latest single “Young People,” along with the previously released “Totti” and “나에게로 Come To Me.” Listen to the EP here.
nijuu explains that the nijuu in the forest EP represents a natural thematic evolution from her first EP, and it embodies her heightened confidence and sense of self; “The key theme on nijuu in the forest is about ‘growth’ and about the journey to find a new place where I could learn more and be more independent. nijuu in the sea was about a little girl who just got separated from home, learning to find the way out of the darkness. If nijuu in the sea was like a little bird who just broke out from the egg then nijuu in the forest is about the little bird trying to learn how to fly and move its wings. Like learning to have more maturity and awareness (mentally, physically) and to be a better person.”
The making of nijuu in the forest saw nijuu draw on her community of musical companions, both from home and across the sea. Completed on her return to South Korea, its credits include a host of friends and new producers, as well as remote collaborations with her former bandmates in London. Closer to home, the EP also includes some backing vocals from nijuu’s mum, and piano contributions from her high school music teacher Lhim Huh, “That means a lot to me because he’s the person who taught me what good music is, I learnt from him the root of my music.” nijuu also comments that his appearance feels fortuitous, as the meaning of his name is ‘forest.’
The new EP follows her debut EP nijuu in the sea, which was released in 2020.
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