Korean septet BTS are set to release their highly-anticipated album Love Yourself: Answer later this week, and just confirmed that it will be fronted by a single titled “Idol” through the release of a short teaser video.
The next single from BTS was teased through a 40-second clip that revealed it is a traditionally inspired track. The video hints that “Idol” is an atmospheric dance track built around classical Korean instruments, with the steady clang of a kkwaenggwari, a brass gong, introducing the rest of the tune. The members of BTS are similarly styled, and are seen in hanboks of Joseon-era gentry, known as yangban, with modern embellishments amid a bright yellow pavilion floating in vibrantly-hued clouds. The clip also features a tiger, which is a representative symbol of Korea, and the declaration "ulsoo" (??) by RM, a phrase regularly used in pansori.
The “Idol” teaser ends with the seven men performing brief choreography that emulates traditional Korean dance moves, and then concludes cryptically with Jungkook coughing before smirking at the camera.