K-pop girl group LE SSERAFIM released their first studio album, as well as a music video for the album’s title track, on Monday.
The title track “Unforgiven” features guitar riffs from legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers of the band Chic. It also samples the soundtrack of the 1966 film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” by iconic Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone.
In a video posted on LE SSERAFIM‘s YouTube channel on April 18, the K-pop quintet chatted with Rodgers via a video call, with the musician praising their new collaboration.
“Even though I was working on another record, I just said, ‘Let me just play through this real quick, just to see what I get.’ Just vibe off the feeling, because it sounded so cool,” Rodgers can be heard saying.
“The first thing I did was decipher the track, and I was like, ‘Wow, this sounds really cool.’ … Then, I just started jamming and started to figure out, ‘How do I make it funkier?’”
The album features revamped versions of “The World is My Oyster,” “Blue Flame” and “Fearless” from their debut mini-album “Fearless.” Numbers from their second mini-album “Antifragile,” namely “The Hydra,” “Antifragile” and “Impurities,” are also featured on the album.
New songs include “Burn the Bridge,” “No-Return (Into the Unknown),” “Eve, Psyche & The Bluebeard’s Wife,” “FEARNOT (Between you, me and the lamppost),” “Flash Forward” and “Fire in the belly.”
All five members of LE SSERAFIM — Sakura, Kim Chae-won, Huh Yun-jin, Kazuha and Hong Eun-chae — contributed to writing the lyrics of “FEARNOT (Between you, me and the lamppost).”
“Unforgiven” achieved 1.38 million pre-orders, a career-high for the group.
At a press conference on Monday ahead of the album’s release, LE SSERAFIM shared that “Unforgiven” is about carving their own paths with no apologies.
“We thought that there were some things that felt unfair, and we did and followed things because ‘That’s the way it’s done’. … We wanted to break away from those things and aim higher,” Hong said.