So!YoON! Teams Up with RM of BTS for Effortlessly Cool Single “Smoke Sprite”: Stream
So!YoON!, the leader and frontperson of Korean-based band SE SO NEON, has unveiled her new title track, “Smoke Sprite.” The collaboration with rapper and BTS leader RM arrives alongside So!YoON!’s sophomore album, Episode1: Love. Stream the song below.
The track is anchored by So!YoON!’s characteristic rock sound. It’s driven by heavy guitar and balanced out by a smooth verse from the BTS member. Ahead of the full release of Episode1: Love, So!YoON! shared pre-release singles “CANADA” and “Bad.” While the latter was a more lo-fi offering, “Smoke Sprite” kicks things into heavier territory.
“Stuck with you in your dreams/ Tell me more, I could die,” she sings on the chorus. The music video sees the two dressed in black, trading off against a series of gritty backdrops. RM kicks off his verse with, “Honey, what you doin’ in my bed?/ Baby, welcome to my favorite place.”
Watch So!YoON!’s “Smoke Sprite” video with RM below, followed by the album stream of Episode1: Love.
This latest collaboration from RM continues a string of interesting match-ups, including work with Anderson .Paak, Tablo of Epik High, and rising artist collective Balming Tiger. This era — known as BTS’ “second chapter” — has focused on individual endeavors and given the songwriter space to explore genre in a bigger way than ever before. “Smoke Sprite” makes a strong case for rock-based sounds and aesthetics. It arrives on the heels of bandmate j-hope’s team-up with J. Cole and ahead of the first single from Jimin off of forthcoming solo album FACE.
Revisit our review of RM’s stellar solo album, Indigo.
Episode1: Love Artwork:
Episode1: Love Tracklist:
01. IN (Void)
02. Smoke Sprite (feat. RM)
03. Till the sun goes up
05. Why don’t you take me out? (skit)
06. Gave you all my love (feat. Jibin)
07. Zone out; (skit)
09. LOVE (a secret visitor) [feat. parkjiyoon]
11. OUT (to be continued…. : )