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LØREN Delivers Pop-Punk Excellence on ‘Need (ooo-eee)’

Reminiscent of the likes of Blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day, the South Korean artist’s new single is a trip back to summers of the early-2000s

Riddhi Chakraborty Jul 29, 2021
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South Korean singer-songwriter and producer LØREN has dropped his second single “Need (ooo-eee),” the follow-up to his 2020 debut track “Empty Trash.” The multi-instrumentalist is quickly establishing himself as a rising force in Korean rock as he dives into pop-punk after exploring darker strains of alt rock on “Empty Trash.”

Produced, written and composed by LØREN, “Need (ooo-eee)” takes listeners back to the summers of the early-2000s with its upbeat but melancholy punk pop. Reminiscent of the likes of Blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day, there’s a nostalgia in the wavy, three-chord guitar and powerful pop-led chorus. For those of us who grew up with this sound, it’s a brilliant immersion into the familiar via a new voice–and a worthy addition to the rock renaissance we’re currently seeing with the likes of Willow Smith, Yungblud, Måneskin and more.

In the music video, LØREN stands alone as a one-man band, switching between vocals, playing the drums, bass and lead guitar, as he sings about his destructive mindset– “I need/ Cold hearts/ Black tar/ Wrong cause (and a little bit of sadness)/ Crowbars/ Neon cars/ Dead stars (and a little bit of madness)/ Ooo-eee Ooo-eee Ooo (and a little bit of damage)/ Ooo-eee Ooo-eee Ooo (and a little bit of wreckage).” The scenes move from one set to another before– in classic rock and roll style– LØREN sets fire to it all.

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Also known as Cawlr and DJ Boid, LØREN has previously produced music for popular Korean acts like BLACKPINK and G-Dragon. He made his debut onscreen with a cameo in BLACKPINK’s music video for “Lovesick Girls”–a track he co-wrote with the group.

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