Epex ‘21st Century Boys’: Release date, music video and all about their third mini-album
Epex's 'Prelude of Anxiety Chapter 1. 21st Century Boys’ expresses the anxiety of today’s youth and how to overcome it
Epex continues to turn heads with their grounded and mature themes as they deal with mental health issues like anxiety, love and feelings of helplessness in their albums. In fact, their debut album ‘Bipolar Pt.1: Prelude of Anxiety’ and their second album ‘Bipolar Pt.2: Prelude of Love’ shared Epex’s raw emotions and themes of anxiety.
Following their October comeback, the K-pop group is now back after six months with their third mini-album. Epex is set to release ‘Prelude of Anxiety Chapter 1. 21st Century Boys’ in April. They hope to widen their music spectrum and experiment with their style as they express the anxiety of today’s youth and how to overcome it. Well, here's everything we know about the comeback.
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Epex’s ‘Prelude of Anxiety Chapter 1. 21st Century Boys' will be released on April 11 at 6 pm KST (4 am ET).
Where to listen
Epex’s third mini-album will be available on all major music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, MelOn and more.
1. ‘Lone Wolf’
2. ‘Academy Song’ - Title track
5. ‘I’ll Go First’
The title track of ‘Prelude of Anxiety Chapter 1. 21st Century Boys’ is ‘Academy Song’ which follows the lives of teenagers who are stuck in a rigid and uniform routine waiting to break free. It is a track with unique synth sounds, a groovy arrangement and a climactic melody that enhances the group’s feelings to escape. The other track of the album is ‘Lone World’, a melancholic song about lonely teenagers who are isolated in their own worlds.
Playing on the theme of anxiety from the album name we also have ‘Burnout’ as the boys sing about dealing with hardships on their own as they put on an image of being perfect. It is followed by ‘Strike’, a bold and energetic song as Epex hopes to move forward. The album ends with ‘I’ll Go First’, a song about friendship and comfort as they find solace in each other.
Epex also dropped three concept photos to give fans a hint as to what to expect from the album. In the first concept, the boys are sporting navy-colored uniforms and are standing in crystal boxes, teasing the theme of ‘Academy Song’ as they are stuck in a uniform system. In the second concept, Epex wears khaki-colored tech-wear with dark makeup and piercings while they once again pose against box-like props. In the third concept, the boys impressed with their street fashion which represents their individual personalities as they wander in an abandoned alley.
Music video teasers
Epex released individual visual films for each of the members. They also dropped a concept film in which they ask, “Why do you go to an academy?” and stare in a robotic fashion. The K-pop group also dropped a cinematic music video teaser for ‘Academy Song’ which has a tense atmosphere. The boys all look like they are trapped or surrounded by threats from which they are ready to escape.
Watch the concept film below.
Watch the music video teaser below.