Korean boy band Seventeen returned today (Feb. 5), ushering in 2018 with their first single of the year, “Thanks”
A sentimental future bass track, “Thanks” is the lead song on their new album Director’s Cut, which is the completion of their 2017 Seventeen Project. The Project saw the boy band release several songs and music videos last year as part of a multi-month undertaking, which emphasized the different musical and performance styles of the 13-member group.
The song, littered with twinkling synths, follows last year’s “Don’t Wanna Cry” as an emotive dance tune. “Thanks” further explores the act’s vocals, proving how the individuals of Seventeen are developing artistically, with even S.Coups showing off his singing ability through a mellow verse in addition to his earlier rap.
Director’s Cut is an extended, reissued version of the K-pop group’s 2017 Teen, Age, which saw the group achieve their second No. 1 on the World Albums chart. Along with “Thanks,” Seventeen released three new songs as part of the new album: the bright electro-funk of “Thinkin’ About You,” the rock-pop vibrancy of “Run to You,” and the jazzy pop ballad “Falling For U” sit beside “Thanks” on the album.
Like many other Seventeen tracks, members had a role in crafting the single. Woozi co-wrote “Thanks” with frequent collaborator Bumzu, while Hoshi also served as a co-lyricist. S.Coups, Mingyu, Vernon, Joshua, and Jeonghan are also credited with writing lyrics for the other tracks.
The accompanying music video for “Thanks” is an artistically shot visual that depicts the group’s hard work put into their music, as if it’s a behind-the-scenes Director’s Cut of a documentary. It shows the 13 men writing, recording, and singing the song, as well as learning and performing the powerful choreography, with Seventeen ending the song, and video, as if collapsing from the passion they put into their work.
Watch the music video for “Thanks” now: