Following last year’s historic Billboard 200 chart-topping duo of Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer, the South Korean septet made their return today (April 12) with their new seven-track EP. Fronted by the song of summer-ready single “Boy with Luv” featuring Halsey, the septet of songs take audiences through a wide array of sounds and styles.
Opening up with the pre-release track of “Intro: Persona,” RM’s reflective solo, and followed by the single, Map of the Soul: Persona channels listeners through an exploration of BTS’ philosophy towards love, individuality, their fans, and their career. The chill EDM vibes of “Mikrokosmos,” lead into the Ed Sheeran-penned pop-R&B hybrid “Make It Right” before the album switches into the old-school groove of “HOME,” a song through which BTS ruminates on their success and their relationship with their dedicated fan ARMY.
The album closes out on a poignant note with “Jamais Vu,” which features the trio of J-Hope, Jin, and Jung Kook reflectively expressing their determination, and the dynamic rock-meets-hip-hop bombast anthem “Dionysus,” which draws on both traditional Korean folk music and the Greek god of wine for inspiration as they revel in their career, equating artistic success with the feelings of drunkenness.
BTS will premiere “Boy With Luv” on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, which will air on April 13 on NBC. They’ll bring the album on tour next month through their stadium concert series, Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, which will see the group tour North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia in upcoming months.
Map of the Soul: Persona is now available on digital media platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. Stream it here: