“This is not the end of us / I hope we’ll meet again when the flowers are blooming,” G-Dragon says on BIGBANG’s new single “Flower Road.” Released Tuesday (Mar. 13), the digital single serves a final farewell from the Korean act to its fans ahead of a lengthy hiatus, as the band members serve in South Korea’s military.
The quintet’s first song since 2016’s duo of singles “Fxxk It” and “Last Dance,” “Flower Road” is effusive in its smooth dancepop vibe, and puts BIGBANG’s evocative vocals front and center over a melody that alternates between rhythmic guitar riffs, a clapping beat, and wailing synths. Balancing out melancholy and optimism, the track is an homage to BIGBANG’s relationship with the millions of fans around the world who have supported them for over a decade.
"Flower Road" was created while BIGBANG was working on their MADE album, and features lyrics written by G-Dragon and T.O.P. The title refers to a Korean term expressing a new, glorious journey, and refers to both the path of BIGBANG’s career as well as the lives of fans, with BIGBANG both asking fans to wait for them and also expressing an understanding if fans move on. “If you want to leave, I understand,” Daesung and Taeyang sing during the refrain. “I'll scatter flowers on the road you'll walk on /But if you ever miss me, please come back.”