On November 17th, CNBLUE hosted an online music listening session to talk about their topics come back with the mini-album “RE-CODE”.
“RE-CODE” is CNBLUE’s first comeback in three years and eight months. It is also their first album as a group of three.
During the listening session, members shared details and stories about the tracks on the album. About the title track “Then, Now and Forever” Jung Yong Hwa said, “It’s a song that I made. I thought about the title first and made the song based on it. Even during my military service, I thought a lot about the musical future of CNBLUE. ”
Lee Jung Shin said, “It’s a song that might seem like a love song to some people and it might mean more to other people.” Kang min hyuk added: “When I first heard the demo, I really enjoyed it. The song fits the title perfectly and I thought, ‘Yong Hwa did it again.’ ”
About the second track, “Until then,” Lee Jung Shin said, “When I played the album for my friends, this song was the most popular.” Jung Yong Hwa said, “At a time when I had to write songs and had a lot of things on my plate, I took the car and drove to Hongcheon by myself. I kept listening to this track on the go. As soon as I stopped in Hongcheon, I wrote the song. The song begins with the line “Have you ever seen the stars?” I wrote this remembering looking up at the stars when I was in the military. ”
“Winter Again” is a country style folk genre track. Jung Yong Hwa said, “I wrote this song because I wanted to add another track. At that time, people around me kept saying, “It’s gotten cold again.” The days got colder and colder. That stuck in my mind until I wrote the texts all at once like a diary entry. ”
Kang Min Hyuk said, “All of the songs on this album have lyrics that will be remembered. The songs are based on words that we say over and over in normal life. “Jung Yong Hwa said,” In the past I had a more flashy life, but at some point I preferred a quieter mood. I think the lyrics have become deeper compared to our previous music. ”
Regarding her long break, which included military service, Jung Yong Hwa said, “Before we were released, we could take a vacation around the same time and have a meeting to discuss it. We talked a lot back then. After a long discussion phase, we have decided on a direction for CNBLUE. ”
Kang Min Hyuk said, “We had long discussions and shared our concerns about how to move forward. I’ve thought about it a lot, but I really enjoyed the vision Jung Yong Hwa brought out in our discussions and felt I wanted to follow him. This album was also born out of these discussions. ”
When asked about Lee Jong Hyun’s departure from the group, Jung Yong Hwa replied, “We also thought a lot about the best direction for the three of us. It took us some time to find the direction we wanted and our style of music. “Kang Min Hyuk added,” This album was made by finding a good balance between the three of us. ”
Check out Jung Yong Hwa in “You Are Beautiful”:
See Lee Jung Shin in “Cinderella and Four Knights”:
See Kang Min Hyuk in “Heirs”:
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