Dulcet-toned soft-pop South Korean duo BOL4, also known as Bolbbalgan4, are back today with an anthem for all the “Workaholic”s out there.
Released as the lead single on their Two Five EP, the group’s first since April’s Puberty Book | Bom, “Workaholic” was written by the BOL4’s lead vocalist Ahn Jiyeong with Vanilla Man of labelmate band Vanilla Acoustic, and depicts the oh-so millennial stress of having to face the same, redundant workday each day.
With a groovy, jazzy rhythm driving the upbeat, reflective angst of “Workaholic,” the song was shared through a music video that features Ahn as a mint-haired office worker who doesn’t quite fit in with her black-clad suit-wearing co-workers. She dreams of ending the mediocrity of her daily commute and life, with BOL4’s other member Woo Jiyun helping her escape the monotony, only for the video to end as she is woken up from her fantasies by an alarm clock signaling another day of work.
“Workaholic” is one of several tracks on Two Five that deal with the daily life of being a twenty-something, as implied by the title of the album and the track “25,” with the EP closing out with “Day Off,” a sort of sonic answer to the single. (The album’s final track is an acoustic version of b-side “XX.”)
BOL4 features Ahn and Woo, who were classmates that decided to pursue music together and rose to prominence in 2014 after appearing on the South Korean television show Superstar K6. The folksy vocal pop pair are chart-toppers in South Korea, and have regularly landed their singles on the Billboard Korea K-Pop 100 chart, including last year’s “Travel,” which remained on the chart for several weeks and peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated June 23, 2018.
Watch the music video for BOL4’s “Workaholic” below.