Seo Taiji and IU to release collaboration project

September 29, 2014
Seo Taiji, left, and IU (Yonhap)

Seo Taiji, left, and IU (Yonhap)

Old meets new in one of the most unique musical collaborations to come out of South Korea in recent memory: Seo Taiji and IU.

According to industry sources Monday, the pair are scheduled to reveal an album, “Sogyeokdong,” next month online. IU’s version will be released on Oct. 2, and Seo’s on Oct. 10.

The album is a teaser for Seo’s upcoming ninth studio album, “Quiet Night,” which is due to be dropped on Oct. 20, Yonhap reported.

Popularly called the “President of Culture,” Seo is a 22-year veteran of the K-pop industry. The project marks the first time in his career for which he’s had another singer take on one of his self-produced tracks.

The theme is based on a woman and a man’s perspective on a sad and beautiful story set in 1980s Sogyeokdong, a region in Seoul, Seo Taiji Company said Monday.

The company said the two songs will be accompanied by separate music videos coming together to solve a puzzle.

Seo chose IU because he felt she would express the song well, the company said.

“IU received Seo’s request and was very pleased and willing to participate in the project,” LOEN Entertainment, IU’s management company, said. “It’s an honor for her to be a part of a musically respected senior’s music, and ‘Sogyeokdong’ will be a song with a lot of meaning to her as well.”

The album was co-produced in secret by Seo Taiji Company, LOEN Entertainment and CJ E&M, which will distribute Seo’s ninth album.

“Sogyeokdong” is Seo’s first new release in five years.