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“Fly” is a digital single by Kang Daniel and Chancellor as part of the Cyworld BGM 2021 cover project. It was released on November 16, 2021 by Dreamus. The original song is by Epik High, released in 2005 as part of their Swan Songs album.
Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1.  “Fly” – 3:38 Tablo
Mithra Jin
Tablo
E+pro
Purple

[Intro: Kang Daniel] Fly higher
저 하늘 위에 새들보다
You can fly higher
단 하나뿐인 그대와 나

[Verse 1: Chancellor] 힘들죠 (힘들죠)
오늘도 잔인한 세상은
너를 비웃고
거울 앞에서도 기죽고
또 홀로 술잔을 비우고
(Don’t know where to go)
단 한 번의 실수로
모든 것을 잃고
고개를 숙일 땐 손을 모아
날개를 피고
(You can fly)
눈을 뜨며 맞는 아침
똑같은 방향뿐인 삶의 나침반
(만만한 세상에 쉽게 무릎 꿇고
쉴 새 없이 신세)
타 타타타령만
아아아 아련한
(옛 꿈을 쫓던 가련한 두 팔로
화려한 날개를 피고)

[Chorus: Chancellor & Kang Daniel] You can fly higher
저 하늘위에 새들보다
You can fly higher
단 하나뿐인 그대와 나
Fly, my baby 세상이 뭐라고 말해도
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)
Fly, my baby 사랑이 널 두고 떠나도
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)

[Verse 2: Kang Daniel] 눈을 뜨고 바라봐도 빛은 없고
꿈을 꾸며 살아가도 길은 멀고
내 뜻대로 가도 숨을 몰아 쉬었고
진실을 말해도 전부 돌아섰죠
아직도 찾는 것을 못 찾았고
아무도 너를 사랑하지 못한다고
낙오감에 빠져도 never die
날개를 피고 let’s go
Everybody fly

[Chorus: Chancellor & Kang Daniel] You can fly higher
저 하늘위에 새들보다
You can fly higher
단 하나뿐인 그대와 나
Fly, my baby 세상이 뭐라고 말해도
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)
Fly, my baby 사랑이 널 두고 떠나도
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)

[Outro: Kang Daniel & Chancellor] Fly
그대가 가진 것은 없어도
You can fly
사랑이 차갑게 널 버려도
You can fly
아픈 가슴에 숨이 멎어도
You can fly
You got to
Fly sky high

[Intro: Kang Daniel] Fly higher
Than birds in the sky
You can fly higher
You and I are the one and only

[Verse 1: Chancellor] It’s hard, isn’t it? (It’s hard)
Again today, the cruel world
laughs at you
You get intimidated when you stand before the mirror
And empty the glass by yourself again
(Don’t know where to go)
With a single mistake
Losing everything
When you look down, put your hands together
and spread your wings
(You can fly)
I open my eyes and greet the morning
The compass of my life is still pointing in the same direction
(Kneeling easily before the easy world
And complaining about my life non-stop)
With the poor
little arms
(that used to chase my faint, old dream,
I spread out my splendid wings)

[Chorus: Chancellor & Kang Daniel] You can fly higher
Than birds in the sky
You can fly higher
You and I are the one and only
Fly, my baby whatever the world says
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)
Fly, my baby whatever anyone says
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)

[Verse 2: Kang Daniel] Even when I stared with my eyes open, there was no light
Even when I kept dreaming, the path was long as ever
Even when I went my own way, I ran out of breath
And even when I told the truth, they turned away
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for
“No one can love you”
Even if you fall into a feeling of failure, never die
Spread your wings, let’s go
Everybody fly

[Chorus: Chancellor & Kang Daniel] You can fly higher
Than birds in the sky
You can fly higher
You and I are the one and only
Fly, my baby whatever the world says
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)
Fly, my baby whatever anyone says
(Fly, fly, get’em up high)

[Outro: Kang Daniel & Chancellor] Fly
Even though you don’t have a lot
You can fly
Even if your love abandons you coldly
You can fly
Even if your breath stops because of the heartache
You can fly
You got to
Fly sky high

 Source: Genius / epikhightrans 

On July 9, 2021, Cyworld revealed its second lineup for the Cyworld BGM 2021 remake project, which included Kang Daniel and Chancellor. The title of their rearranged song, “Fly” by Epik High, was revealed for the first time on October 8 through a Cy University video.[s] [s] [s] In an Epik High interview, Tablo and Tukutz spoke about the remake. Tablo said, “I heard that ‘Fly’ has been remade. Chancellor and Kang Daniel did it. I had to give an approval as the original writer, so I listened to it briefly and it was very well remade.” Tukutz replied, “Seriously, it is no joke.” Tablo continued, “A lot of people made a remake of my songs; ‘Umbrella’, ‘Love love love’, etc. They don’t really need to ask for our approval yet they did. But this remake was so good!”[s] [s] [s]

The song release date was confirmed on November 10 for a release date of the 16th. Songwriter Tablo said, “There have been many requests to remake Epik High’s songs, but we couldn’t allow them as we thought that it was not an easy decision to touch memories. But after listening to the ‘Fly’ remake demo, I thought, ‘Aren’t memories not what have passed yesterday, but something new made abundantly by the coming tomorrow? Thank you to Kang Daniel and Chancellor for revealing new emotions in the days that have gone by.” Epik High spoke about the remake on November 11’s BORN HATERS talk. Tablo said, “We listened to it in advance because as the original singer we were asked for approval, so we listened to the demo. Wow, they both suit very well. I was like, ‘It can be interpreted like this?!’ More so, it was long ago… How should I put it? We were so young… back then, right? So it was so bouncy. But to a certain extent in the lyrics, it expresses sadness because it starts with ‘Aren’t you tired?’ The reason why I liked this remake was that… that part, that sad emotion! They both expressed the ‘Fly’ that suits our age now, so we said that we liked the remake and that we were thankful. And so, we checked [the approval] right away.” Mithra Jin commented, “It came out very well.” Tablo agreed, “Yes. It will come out soon. Everyone, you can really look forward to it.”[s] [s] [s] [s] [s] Tablo showed his support on SNS, affirming it sounds beautiful and he was happy.[s] [s] [s] [s]

After participating in the song, Daniel said, “I felt like I was healed while singing after a long time. I originally liked Epik High’s songs, so I was worried at first, but the arrangement was really good. I am proud because it seems to have a different charm from the original song.[s] [s]

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“Outerspace” is a digital single by Kang Daniel featuring Korean hip-hop artist Loco. It was released on May 13, 2021 by UNIVERSE MUSIC and Warner Music Korea.
Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1.  “Outerspace” – 3:15 Luke
Park Si-yeon
Loco
Anthony Russo
Anthony Pavel
Jonathan Hoskins
MZMC
Jonathan Hoskins

[Verse 1: KANG DANIEL] Baby, why don’t we just take a chance, yeah
Maybe 뭔가 재밌는 걸 하려 해, yeah

[Pre-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] 여길 넘어서 outerspace
Yeah, 사라진 gravity
시선의 끝에 멀어져버리는 불빛
작은 신호가 켜질 때
뛰어 넘어 fly away now
얼마든지 더 우린 어디든지 더

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] 희미해져가는 경계를 지워
낯선 처음과 끝 시간을 건너
미세한 떨림조차 놓지 않아
그 누구도 찾지 못한 너를 찾아내

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
어둠을 넘어서 블랙홀까지
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
아득한 우주 끝 닿는 순간
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
애타게 기다렸던 something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

[Verse 2: Loco] 꿈이라지만 현실이었던
상상과는 다르기도
So we gotta go like vroom
웃으며 허공을 달리는중
끽해봐야 하늘에 빗대
Believe that 못하면 그냥 chit-chat
각 잡아 지금 진지하게
여긴 outer space 난 사라질게 저 빛에

[Pre-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] 미처 몰랐던 outerspace
알게 해줄게 더 멀리
나를 따라와 lost in all the things I do and
다시 신호가 켜질 때
뛰어 넘어 fly away now
얼마든지 더 우린 어디든지 더

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] 희미해져가는 경계를 지워
낯선 처음과 끝 시간을 건너
미세한 떨림조차 놓지 않아
그 누구도 찾지 못한 너를 찾아내

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
어둠을 넘어서 블랙홀까지
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
아득한 우주 끝 닿는 순간
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
애타게 기다렸던 something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

[Bridge: KANG DANIEL] 끝이 없이 달려 goin’ crazy
And I just wanna ride this wave on top
So don’t stop
I feel it coming
더 펼쳐지는 시선에

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] 우린 같은 곳을 향하고 있어
전부 새로워진 순간을 느껴
과감히 한 발 더 모든걸 넘어
그 아무도 몰랐었던 길을 찾아내

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
어둠을 넘어서 블랙홀까지
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
아득한 우주 끝 닿는 순간
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
애타게 기다렸던 something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

[Verse 1: KANG DANIEL] Baby, why don’t we just take a chance, yeah
Maybe I’m trying to do something interesting yeah

[Pre-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Over here is outerspace
Yeah, the disappeared gravity
The light that fades away at the end of the gaze
When a small signal lights up
Jump over, fly away now
As much as we can, wherever we are, more

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Erase the fading boundaries
Crossing unfamiliar beginning and ending times
I won’t let go of even the slightest trembling
I find you that no one else found

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
From the darkness to the black hole
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
The moment we reach the far end of the universe
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I waited anxiously, something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

[Verse 2: Loco] It was a dream but it was a reality
It’s different from imagination
So we gotta go like vroom
Smiling and running in the air
If you enjoy it, it looks like it’s in the sky
Believe that, if you can’t, just chit chat
Hold each seriously now
This outerspace, I’ll disappear, in that light

[Pre-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] I didn’t know outerspace
I’ll let you know, farther away
Follow me lost in all the things I do and
When the signal turns on again
Jump over, fly away now
As much as we can, wherever we are, more

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Erase the fading boundaries
Crossing unfamiliar beginning and ending times
I won’t let go of even the slightest trembling
I find you that no one else found

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
From the darkness to the black hole
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
The moment we reach the far end of the universe
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I waited anxiously, something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

[Bridge: KANG DANIEL] Run endlessly goin’ crazy
And I just wanna ride this wave on top
So don’t stop
I feel it coming
In a wider gaze

[Chorus: KANG DANIEL] We’re heading for the same place
I feel the moment that is all new
Dare to go one more step beyond everything
Finding a way no one knew

[Post-Chorus: KANG DANIEL] Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
From the darkness to the black hole
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
The moment we reach the far end of the universe
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I waited anxiously, something new, yeah
Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Outer ‘ya, outer space ‘ya

 Source: Genius (2) 

As part of UNIVERSE MUSIC’s monthly music project, Kang Daniel was revealed as May’s artist on May 6. He and Loco are featured in a digital single titled “Outerspace”. It’s a retro synth-pop genre with a bouncy base synth and bell sound. Daniel’s soft vocals were paired with Loco’s unique and sophisticated rap. The music video was directed by Lee In-hoon of SEGAJI VIDEO and showcases Daniel as a special agent.[s] [s] [s] The full music video is on the UNIVERSE app. KONNECT later posted a dance practice filmed on-site at the UNIVERSE fan party stage.

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Image Cover TWT
Image Schedule TWT
Image Concept photo IG | TWT
Video Concept film TWT | YT 1 | 2
Video M/V teaser A TWT 1 | 2 | YT 1 | 2
Video M/V teaser B TWT 1 | 2 | YT 1 | 2
Video M/V preview YT 1 | 2
Video Dance practice VL | YT
Music Video

“Refresh” is a digital single by Kang Daniel and rapper ZICO. It was released on April 23, 2020 by Starship Entertainment and distributed by 1theK.
Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1.  “Refresh” – 2:35 지코 (ZICO) Noah Conrad
Parker James
Steve Aoki
지코 (ZICO)
Noah Conrad
Steve Aoki

두 귀에 손을 포개
눈 감고 앞을 상상해
보통의 삶을 사는 게
어떤 건지 잘 모르겠어
날 데리고 도망가 줘

늘 자유롭고 싶고
혼자이긴 싫어
집 밖을 나서도 닫힌 방 같아
신호라도 주듯이 깜빡이는 불빛
꺼내놓아 툭 Everybody knew

빨간색 하늘과
파란색 바닷가
여름이 담긴 병에
차갑게 땀이 맺혀

Searching for meaning
We all need to refresh
숨죽이며 기다린
날이야 목청껏 외쳐

Let’s make it better
Let’s kick it together

가끔 놓쳐도 I don’t mind
그만큼 가벼워진 걸
춤을 잘 추고 싶다면
조금만 템포를 낮춰
급해서 좋을 게 없어

Time out 여전히 오락가락
짜증 났다가 신이 나 다시
그게 삶의 장단
Hop out out the chair
걱정 마 다음은
아무도 못 가로채
받아들여 너다움을
We can’t get back yesterday
하늘 높이 뛰어서 주제넘게
감성 충만한데 시간은 턱없이 부족해
Enjoy your every moment

빨간색 하늘과
파란색 바닷가
여름이 담긴 병에
차갑게 땀이 맺혀

Searching for meaning
We all need to refresh
숨죽이며 기다린
날이야 목청껏 외쳐

Let’s make it better
Let’s kick it together

Cover your ears with your hands
Close your eyes and imagine your future
Living a normal life
I don’t know what that is
Please take me and run away

I want to be free all the time
I don’t want to be alone
Even when I exit my house it feels like a closed room
The light blinking as if giving me a sign
Take it out, thud Everybody knew

Red sky and
Blue sea
On the bottle holding summer
Cold sweat condenses

Searching for meaning
We all need to refresh
It’s the day we’ve been looking forward to
Scream at the top of your lungs

Let’s make it better
Let’s kick it together

When I occasionally miss it I don’t mind
It just makes me that much lighter
If you wanna dance well
Slow down the tempo a little bit
There’s nothing great about hurrying

Time out, still going back and forth
I get annoyed and then happy again
Those are the pros and cons of life
Hop out out the chair
Don’t worry, next time
Nobody can snatch it away
Accept being yourself
We can’t get back yesterday
Jump high up to the sky out of line
I’m full of sentiments but time is running out quickly
Enjoy your every moment

Red sky and
Blue sea
On the bottle holding summer
Cold sweat condenses

Searching for meaning
We all need to refresh
It’s the day we’ve been looking forward to
Scream at the top of your lungs

Let’s make it better
Let’s kick it together

 Translation: lyricskpop 

On March 17, 2020, news outlets reported that Kang Daniel would collaborate with ZICO for Starship and Pepsi’s 2020 Global K-Pop Project titled For the Love of Korea. The digital music was in the final production stages. Starship and Pepsi’s joint project began in 2019 and features different artists launching digital music (click here for more information).[s] The song “Refresh” is co-produced by Steve Aoki and ZICO and expresses the beauty of Korea. The upbeat melody is meshed with traditional instruments.[s]

In the making film, rapper ZICO commented they tried to style the song with various traditional symbols and sounds to bring an atmosphere where Korea is represented. ZICO also shared his happiness for being able to work with Kang Daniel again since the last time they had work together was two years ago for Wanna One’s unit song “Kangaroo” from the album 1÷x=1 (Undivided). Meanwhile, Kang Daniel expressed he felt honored to have the opportunity to work with an artist he respects and be able to do an amazing project with him.

PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES

The single was not performed live on music shows. Daniel and ZICO teased the collaboration on their social media leading up to the release. TikTok Korea arranged a live broadcast on March 25, the day they had the concept photo shoot. In Daniel’s April 8 V LIVE, he talked about the song having a good beat and lyrics and showed the limited edition Korean culture Pepsi can and merchandise. Daniel posted a screen capture from the music video on Instagram on April 10, 10 days before the music teaser was uploaded. ZICO released two vlogs from the day they filmed the music video. The music video producer teased that there would be a TVC.

MUSIC VIDEO

The music video highlighted different aspects of traditional and modern Korean culture. It opened showing a hanok (traditional Korean house) as the setting with Daniel and ZICO dressed in hanbok and blue suits with traditional flourishes. Korean paintings used in the backdrop were reminiscent of the Ten Symbols of Longevity (십장생도) artwork from the Joseon era. The video showed the percussion quartet samulnori with four traditional Korean music instruments. Bukcheong sajanoreum, a traditional game in which the lion is used to ward off evil spirits, was featured with the lion costume. There were glimpses of modernization through the incorporation of b-boying and a boom box. Daniel and ZICO’s freestyle had movements reminiscent of traditional dances.[s] [s]

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Video Coming soon IG | IG | TWT | VL | YT
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1theK TWT | YT
Image Single cover IG | TWT
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Video Behind Choi Youngji IG 1 | 2
Kim June (CGI) IG
Video Making film VL | YT
Track (Peak Charts Positions)
Korea
[Gaon] 
Billboard Korea
[Kpop Hot 100] 
113 77
Track (Realtime Debut)
MelOn Genie Bugs VIBE Soribada Flo
#24 #7 #12 #8 #5

Original Soundtracks

Music Video

“Something” is Kang Daniel’s first OST for the SBS drama Backstreet Rookie. It was released on June 19, 2020 prior to the first episode airing.
Title Album Lyrics Music
1.  “Something” – 3:19 Backstreet Rookie O.S.T – SBS Drama Han Sooseok
YEJUN
Lee Haeun
Jung Seongmin
Shin Yongsoo
Han Sooseok
Lee Haeun
YEJUN
Jung Seongmin
Shin Yongsoo

깨지 못하게 날 가둬 난 빠져
숱한 널 향한 감정들이 날 흔들어
아무도 몰래 걸음을 멈춰
신비로운 네 숨결에 꿈을 꾼 거야

LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART
말해도 돼 난 언제든
간직하고 싶은 내 모든 영원을

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
그대로 있어줘 숨을 죽여도 돼
가슴 뛰더라도
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
딴 곳을 본대도 널 향해 떠올라
내 안에 무언가

끝없이 펼쳐진 투명한 꿈속에
진하게 번진 우리만의 그림처럼

LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART
말해도 돼 난 언제든
간직하고 싶은 내 모든 영원을

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
그대로 있어줘 숨을 죽여도 돼
가슴 뛰더라도
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
딴 곳을 본대도 널 향해 떠올라
내 안에 무언가

Starry night 네가 기댄 빛 속으로
어둠을 걷어내고 닿은 순간
그대로 내 품에 안겨

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
그대로 있어줘 숨을 죽여도 돼
가슴 뛰더라도
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
딴 곳을 본대도 널 향해 떠올라
내 안에 무언가

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
내 안에 있어줘 눈을 감아도 돼
보이지 않아도
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
느끼지 못해도 내게 기대도 돼
내 안에 어딘가

I’m trapped and I can’t wake up, I’ve fallen
All of my feelings for you shake me up
So I stopped walking without anyone knowing
Your mysterious breath has made me breathe

LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART
I can tell you whenever
About my eternity that I want to cherish with you

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Stay right there, you can calm your breath
Even when your heart is racing
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Even if you look somewhere else
Something in me is always headed toward you

In my dreams that expand endlessly
Our picture has thickly spread

LET ME HEAR YOUR HEART
I can tell you whenever
About my eternity that I want to cherish with you

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Stay right there, you can calm your breath
Even when your heart is racing
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Even if you look somewhere else
Something in me is always headed toward you

Starry night, into the light you’re leaning on
The moment the darkness fades and I reach you
Come into my arms just as you are

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Stay right there, you can calm your breath
Even when your heart is racing
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Even if you look somewhere else
Something in me is always headed toward you

SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Stay in me, you can close your eyes
Even if you can’t see
SOMETHING I’LL TELL YOU
Even if you can’t feel, you can lean on me
Somewhere in me

 Translation: popgasa 

On June 15, 2020, KONNECT Entertainment confirmed reports that Daniel would be participating in the OST for SBS’s Friday-Saturday drama Backstreet Rookie. KONNECT added they were still in the process of finalizing details such as a release date and asked for people’s patience and understanding.[soompi] The drama would release 1 to 2 songs every week starting with Daniel’s song at 6PM on June 19.[s]

“Something” is a ballad with a calm and sweet melody, aiming to catch viewers’ ears with a deeper sensitivity and mellow voice. The lyrics express the cautious and flustered feelings associated with falling in love for the first time. Daniel commented, “I’m very happy and nervous to participate in the first OST. It’s an honor to take on this new challenge as an artist.”[s]

Backstreet Rookie‘s webtoon author Park Kyungmin (박경민) posted that he and his mother were proud Daniel was joining the OST lineup.[s] [s] A writer of “Something” posted that this is her first song and praised Daniel for singing so well despite the long recording hours.[s] [s]

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“Hush Hush” is a song by Japanese rock artist MIYAVI featuring Kang Daniel. It was released on September 15, 2021 by Universal Music Japan.
Title Album Lyrics Music
6.  “Hush Hush” – 3:04 Imaginary MIYAVI
Lenard Skoinik
Seann Bowe
Jeff Miyahara
Kang Daniel
JUN
Jan Spielberg
Jeff Miyahara
MIYAVI
Johnny Ritten

Hush hush
Keep your voices down

Feels like a scream
When I’m telling you slowly
Try to be seen
Walk down the street
And I’m feeling so lonely
No one believes

Hush hush
「自由」という名ばかりの監獄の中
押し殺す「希望」とトラウマ
これが 君の言う「未来」ならば
僕は 僕の「夢」を叫ぶ

Hush hush
Keep your voices down

Feels like a dream
夢みること 許されずに
どこかに
本当の自分 隠してきた

何も言えず 押し殺す衝動
耐えきれず AH 逃げ込んだ想像
知らん顔して 世界は It goes on
声も出せず 泣き叫ぶ

Hush hush
Keep your voices down

Feels like a scream
When I’m telling you slowly
Try to be seen
Walk down the street
And I’m feeling so lonely
No one believes

Hush hush
In the prison in the name of freedom
inhibit the hope and trauma
If this is what you call the future
then I want to shout out my dream

Hush hush
Keep your voices down

Feels like a dream
Even dreaming is not allowed
Where is it
The true hidden self

I couldn’t say anything, only stifle the urge
I couldn’t bear it anymore AH so I ran into the imagination
and the world pretends it doesn’t know, It goes on
I can only silently cry out

 Source: inevan (2) 

On August 18, fans discovered through an Apple Music album preview that Daniel would be featuring in “Hush Hush”, the 6th track from MIYAVI’s 13th studio album Imaginary released on September 15. The album was originally planned shortly after his April 2020 album Holy Nights, but he postponed to 2021 due to recent pandemic developments and because the content he wished to express changed. Special Kollection virtual items inspired by the collaboration’s music video would be launched.[s] An audio teaser was shared on September 13.[s]

Daniel revealed in his August 29 V LIVE that MIYAVI reached out to Daniel when he was shooting the “Antidote” music video with two proposed collaboration songs. Daniel liked both but picked the track he thought he could do better in and recorded the song in June.[s] MIYAVI said in Spice and MeMeOn interviews he felt Daniel was now establishing his style as an artist and trying to be mature. Daniel’s staff also knew of MIYAVI and listened to him for a long time, so the collaboration proceeded quickly. MIYAVI said he met Daniel through the staff and thinks Daniel is a very popular artist who is serious and straightforward too. He felt that there are many discoveries for him and Daniel through this song. According to TV LIFE, MIYAVI listened to Daniel’s work and felt it changed recently and MIYAVI also felt he himself had a settled direction or awakening as an artist. There was another song candidate but “Hush Hush” received good feedback, so MIYAVI decided to include it in the album.[s] [s] [s]

In a September 1 OKMUsic interview, MIYAVI said many genres make up his style and that Kang Daniel contributed with wonderful singing.[s] In a September 14 ananWEB interview, MIYAVI shared that the collaboration was produced remotely due to COVID-19. Even if they hadn’t met, it was fate that they were able to connect and complete it. Daniel helped express things that MIYAVI couldn’t express by himself alone and expanded the world view of the song, so MIYAVI was very happy.[s] A Natalie interviewer remarked “Hush Hush” has a slightly boy band-like taste that is rare for MIYAVI. MIYAVI said he sang about the contradiction between freedom and restraint and the anger in there. Daniel’s neutral voice and MIYAVI’s voice are mixed to create a mysterious sense of detune.[s]

Daniel told Barks, “It was an honor to work with MIYAVI on “Hush Hush”. The song was very meaningful to work on because it represents those without a voice. MIYAVI is a legend in his craft and such a visionary artist. The entire creative process was inspiring and, truly, a dream come true.”[s]

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“State of Wonder” is a song by American artist inverness featuring Anthony Russo and Kang Daniel. It was digitally released on January 15, 2021 by Monstercat.
Title Album Lyrics Music
5.  “State of Wonder” – 3:16 Monstercat Instinct Vol. 7 Kang Daniel
Rob Nelsen (inverness)
Anthony Russo
Alex Hosking
Kyle Buckley
Jack Newsome
Producer
Kyle Buckley
Rob Nelsen
Anthony (Lucian)
Performer
Joey Lambeti
Landon Sears
Mixer
Tom Norris

[Intro] Why are you recording?

[Verse 1: Anthony Russo] In my head, like a melody
Laying back in this bed
Playing back what you said
And it’s not really helping me
Coming down from this high
It’s a dangerous ride
I’m coasting
Out of body floating
Lost in my emotions
I’ve been spinning slowly

[Chorus: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my head above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Stuck in this state of wonder, yeah
Stuck in this state of wonder
(Stuck in this state of wonder)

[Verse 2: KANG DANIEL] 넌 날 미치게 해 계속 빠지게 돼 I don’t care
모든 것에 대해 전부이게 돼
And I just want you right here with me
끝이 없이 우린 floating
Lost in your deep ocean 안들림 스며가 slowly

[Chorus: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my head above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Stuck in this state of wonder, yeah
Stuck in this state of wonder
(Stuck in this state of wonder)

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my head above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder
Wonder
Stuck, stuck
Stuck in this state of wonder

[Intro] Why are you recording?

[Verse 1: Anthony Russo] In my head, like a melody
Laying back in this bed
Playing back what you said
And it’s not really helping me
Coming down from this high
It’s a dangerous ride
I’m coasting
Out of body floating
Lost in my emotions
I’ve been spinning slowly

[Chorus: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my head above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Stuck in this state of wonder, yeah
Stuck in this state of wonder
(Stuck in this state of wonder)

[Verse 2: KANG DANIEL] You drive me crazy
Yes, I keep falling
I don’t care about anything
You make me forget everything
And I just want you right here with me
We’rе endlessly floating
Lost in your deep oceans
Deeply seeping in slowly

[Chorus: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my hеad above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Stuck in this state of wonder, yeah
Stuck in this state of wonder
(Stuck in this state of wonder)

[Drop: Anthony Russo] Try to keep my head above water
Then you go and pull me under
Crazy thing, I know I’m done for
Stuck in this state of wonder
Wonder
Stuck, stuck
Stuck in this state of wonder

 Source: Genius (2) 

Prior to the song release date, the three artists had an interview with Bandwagon Asia, where they talked about the song making process. inverness worked on the project for two years. Daniel said, “This record came together with just trying to do something fun and trying to bring people together, whether that be different regions or genres.” He added, “It’s been great because we already had a great relationship, and our teams had been discussing the right opportunity to collaborate. It was a very smooth process because of it and didn’t really feel foreign or new at all.”[s]

In media articles posted on the 15th, Daniel added, “I love EDM and we’ve always talked about doing a collaboration, so working on this song was very natural. I feel proud to contribute to the strength of this song.”[s] [s]

Inverness said there was no single genre, and the song had a dance element in addition to orchestra/pop/K-pop/hip-hop influences. It was only a couple months ago since the release date when Daniel heard the song and wanted to hop on it. The final vocals were completed almost a year ago. inverness complimented Daniel’s part as “a nice switch-up with his warmer and sweeter take.”

Pink Slip had a music video made by Jordan Wozy before and recommended him to inverness. The music video has inverness as a mad scientist-type who helps his love-struck friend enter a dream state to relive his past memories. Russo commented, “As you all know, there is a danger when traveling in time: changing the past will affect the future as well.” Daniel filmed his part in front of a green screen.[s]

Inverness and Russo praised Daniel and his staff’s professionalism. inverness said, “Kang Daniel wrote and sang perfectly in Korean and English according to the song’s theme.” Russo quipped, “Kang Daniel and his staff worked seriously and made everything fast with high quality. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I love his voice!” Daniel added, “I’ve been working with inverness and Anthony Russo for the past year, so it was very comfortable working with them. We have been working on collaborations as well as my album, so I feel like we’re a family now. I am so happy to be able to work together and hope we will continue to work on a lot together, Bro!”[s] [s] [s]

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