SHINee’s Key is back with his second full album.
On Tuesday, Key held an online press conference marking the release of his new smash Gasoline.
“I’ve been thinking about Gasoline since I worked on Bad Love,” Key shared. “This album has 11 tracks, and I wanted to show everything without holding anything back. I thought hard about achieving the best effect in the music video as well.” He continued, “I thought that Gasoline was the perfect timing to let people know that ‘I’ve been doing something for my music.’ I worked on the album with ‘unfeigned humility.'”
Key took part in writing the lyrics for “Gasoline,” the new title song, and compared the way he strived forward to the explosive firepower of gasoline, revealing his overflowing confidence and ambition. “I didn’t find any song worthy of a title track until ‘Gasoline,'” he shared. “So I sought after Kenzie and begged her to write me a title song. She told me to join her in writing the lyrics, so I did.”
“I was scared at first to write the lyrics for the title track,” he added. “Now, I think the album needs to have an autobiographical story to give life to it. It is certainly necessary to sing a love song written by someone else, but I thought that an autobiographical story was necessary for me to level up.”
Key also talked about the “Gasoline” MV. “I wanted to try something unconventional,” he explained. “I wanted to try a style that SM has never tried before, but I’ve realized that I’m SM to the bone. Staff told me that (the MV) is too much, but I tried to stick to what I wanted to show.”
Meanwhile, Key’s Gasoline will be released today at 6 PM KST.