K-pop legends TVXQ! commemorated their 15th anniversary on Wednesday (Dec. 26) with the release of a brand new album and the jazzy leanings of their new single “Truth.”
The lead track on New Chapter #2: The Truth of Love, the follow up to March’s New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love, “Truth” is a rhythmic alt and R&B-tinged dance track that is packed with jazz instrumentals, funky bass, and grooving synths as the pair, U-Know Yunho (Jung Yunho) and Max Changmin (Shim Changmin) layer their smooth vocals over the melody.
“Truth” was co-written by Jacob Luttrell, Kyung Jin Hee of Jam Factory, and Thomas Troelsen, who is best known to fans of TVXQ! as one of the songwriters behind their 2009 hit “Mirotic.”
The song was released alongside a sophisticated music video that features the pair switching off between reflectively singing amid rain showers and moodily lit sets, and serving up sleek choreography. Dance has always been TVXQ!’s strong point, and with the new music video it’s not just the duo that get into the feel of the song, but even their shadows.
Along with the single, TVXQ!’s latest album features seven other tracks, including the electro funk of “Sooner Than Later” with rapper The Quiett, and solos from the pair. “City Lights” by U-KNow is a moody, slinking dance song with NCT 127’s Taeyong, and Max’s “Beautiful Stranger” is a poignant pop ballad that he co-wrote the lyrics for.
TVXQ! got its start in 2003 as a five-member act under SM Entertainment, though have performed as a duo since three members left the team in 2009, and went on to become the biggest boy band in Asia for much of the ’00s. The then-quintet performed their first single “Hug” on Dec. 26 of that year during a holiday special showcase event fronted by labelmate BoA and Britney Spears. Since 2012, the group has seen three albums rank within the Top 10 of the World Albums chart, and recently made history as the first Korean act to sell over 1 million tickets for a single tour in Japan.