NCT's Ten closes out SM Station 2 with an empowering song, “New Heroes,” released on Friday (Apr. 6).
Sung in English, this future bass song is about overcoming hardships to be the best you can be. The song builds at the beginning with a trumpet sample and Ten’s pitched-down vocal chops. Acoustic guitar flanks the blaring synths while the percussion on the verses start slow and gradually grows frantic as it leads into the chorus. Ten’s falsetto perpetually swarms in the background, accompanying his main vocals. The anthemic chorus is hinged on the repetition of Ten belting out, “We’re the new heroes.” As his voice soars, the synth drops.
The phrase populating the song’s teasers -- “the dawn won’t spread the brightest light if there is no darkness” -- is reflected in the lighting and color scheme of the music video. The video opens with the ocean glittering behind Ten’s shimmering form, as he is illuminated by lights attached to his shirt. The music video is vaguely reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis given the shining silver aesthetic and Art Deco architecture.