Eric Nam Releases Romantic Electro-Pop 'Honestly' EP

Eric Nam, Potion
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Eric Nam, "Potion"

Korean-American K-pop soloist Eric Nam dropped his first EP in two years earlier today (Apr. 11). The Atlantan’s Honestly features six tracks, and precedes his upcoming North American tour. It comes two years after Interview, which landed Nam at No. 12 on theWorld Albums chart.

Fronted by singles “Honestly” and “Potion,” the latter of which features mumble rapper Woodie Goldchild and was released ahead of the album on April. 9, Honestly plays up the artist’s synth and electro-pop leanings while bringing in some dancehall and reggaeton influences. To match the vibe of the lead tracks, Nam filmed two music videos in Mexico, showing off the romantic scenery of San Miguel Allende.

Along with “Potion” and “Honestly,” the EP features the snapping pop-rock “This Is Not a Love Song,” an acoustic version of “Honestly,” and two English-language tracks, the melodic synth-pop tune “Lose You” and the breezy trop of “Don’t Call Me.”  

Nam worked with numerous songwriters on the album, and Epik High’s Tablo co-wrote the lyrics for “Potion” while Jang Yijeong, formerly of the now-defunct boy band HISTORY, co-wrote “Honestly.” During his album showcase in Seoul, the 29-year-old reportedly said that, despite their busy schedule, the members of BTS also helped him flesh out the album’s sound.

After heading to Korea as a post-grad before starting a job in one of New York's major consulting firms, Nam gained popularity in South Korea through a star-search competition show and has since grown to become a popular television personality as well as a rising soloist. Honestly precedes Nam’s upcoming tour of the same name, which will see the singer and MC perform in over a dozen cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.