Looks like Far East Movement’s upcoming album will be a hit among K-Pop fans. The hip hop-EDM group released the track list for “Identity” and it shows an emphasis on Korean and American singers, which could probably be a tribute to their humble beginning in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
In speaking about their new album, the band told Billboard, “Identity has always been an issue with us, from how we perceive ourselves as Americans to how people actually see us, and how Asia sees us as foreigners while people in the U.S. might think Asia is home to us. When we were first starting in the music industry people would telling us to wear glasses and change our name from Far East Movement because it’s ‘too Asian’. It was a different time, but that type of stuff stays with you and affects your perspective…we decided to disconnect, work on building our production and writing skills, spend time traveling around Asia, learning the music scene, the business culture, and proper customs.”
“The trips gave us some real clarity on our own identity and what we want to do next in our own lives, which gave us the inspiration to make a new album. ‘Identity’ is a Far East Movement, in a sense, bridging artists from the east with artists from the west while fusing different genres we love,” they added.
Prior to the album’s release, Far East Movement dropped the visuals for “Freal Luv”, a sensual track that features California-based R&B starlet Tinashe, mysterious DJ marshmello, and EXO rapper Chanyeol.
“Identity” is slated for release on 21st October and fans can pre-order it now via Apple Music.