AKMU Return With Album 'Sailing', Poginant Music Video 'How Can I Love the Heartbreak, You're the One I Love'

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AKMU, "How can I love the heartbreak, you're the one I love"

South Korean sibling duo AKMU released their Sailing album today (Sept. 25), making their highly-anticipated return to the music world after taking a two-year break.

Fronted by the tender, minimalistic “How Can I Love the Heartbreak, You’re the One I Love,” the 10-track album is full of heartfelt, rhythmic vocal pop tracks performed by brother Lee Chan-hyuk and sister Lee Su-hyun.  

The duo reportedly first shared a bit of the melodic pop ballad single in 2017, prior to primary songwriter Chan-hyuk enlisting in the South Korean marine corps to fulfill the country's mandatory draft service for all able-bodied men. Throughout the song, the pair evocatively sing about the heartbreaking feelings that precede the end of a romance, knowing that the end is near and waiting for it to come with sorrow.

“How Can I Love the Heartbreak, You’re the One I Love” was released as a music video that poses Chan-hyuk as a painter and Su-hyun as a writer as they sorrowfully pursue their crafts awash in blues and rain, and sailing on a boat with a solitary woman who appears throughout the music video. 

AKMU recently announced that they had shifted permanently to using the abridged version of their name “Akdong Musician,” as the former word represents the term “mischievous child” and the pair have grown and are now both adults so want to approach their music not limited by the youthful description. Fittingly, the new album features songs that show the pair's artistic development, exploring a variety of new genres all the while still incorporating their distinctly vibrant, soulful folk-pop sound.

Sailing is AKMU’s first album since the duo’s Summer Episode in 2017. 

Watch the music video for AKMU’s “How Can I Love the Heartbreak, You’re the One I Love” below. 


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