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New Music: PENOMECO works through a difficult time in the making of his latest EP - "Garden"


It was an emotional roller coaster for South Korean R&B/hip-hop artist PENOMECO during the making of his latest mini-album, "Garden." That's according to a translation of his Dec. 20 Instagram post. His new EP was released hours before, on music platforms, along with a music video. On the Instagram caption (translated into English by @pnmcorea on Twitter), he wrote...
While I was working on this album, I felt how much I was lacking and how boundlessly my presence was. There were many trials and errors, and while writing this, I realize that I've been overcoming these trials and errors pretty well.
PENOMECO also wrote...
Crashing into many emotions and beliefs, I gained wounds and fatigue. My anxiety gave me insomnia, and I was afraid that my happiness would be in danger. So I couldn't meet other people easily and stayed hidden. The emptiness that I felt during this time grew the most vast while I worked on this album. While I was crouching in this anxiety, it was thanks to the many people who worked hard on this album, who made me get up and move.
Featured on the EP are Tobi Lou, The Quiett, Gaeko, ELO and fellow FANXY CHILD crew member - Crush, on the title track "No.5," which includes an official music video. Check out the MV and EP preview from the MILLION MARKET artist below.



이번 앨범을 작업하면서 제 자신이 얼마나 많이 부족하고 또 한없이 약한 존재인가를 느꼈습니다. 많은 시행착오가 있었지만 지금 이 글을 쓰고있다는것은 그 시행착오를 잘 이겨내고있다고 느끼게 해줍니다. 많은 감정과 신념이 부딪히면서 상처도 생기고 피로감이 몰려왔습니다. 불안감이 잠을 들지 못하게하고 나의 행복이 위협받을까봐 겁이나 쉽사리 누군가를 만나지못하고 숨어있었습니다. 그러면서 찾아오는 공허함이 이번 작업을 진행하면서 그 어느 때보다 크게 느껴졌습니다. 이불안에서 움크리고 있던 저를 다시 깨워서 움직이게해준건 지금 이 앨범을 위해 힘써준 많은 분들 덕분입니다. 함께 작업하면서 그 누구보다 많은 위로를 받았고 용기를 얻었고 자신감이 생겼습니다. 감사하고 또 감사합니다. 누구에게나 자신 마음속에 담고싶은 무언가가 존재하고, 그것을 담는 그릇의 크기는 저마다 다른것 같습니다. 다만 우리가 가지고 있던 그릇에 담고싶던 무언가를 채워나가다보면 마음속에 그릇이 더 많은걸 담고싶어서 점점 넓어져가는것같아요. 그릇이 넓어지는 과정에서의 공백이 우리를 잠시 공허하게 만드는 것 같구요. 우린 그 빈공간을 아주 잠깐 공허하게 느낄뿐이고 곧 다시 무언가로 채워질겁니다. 그리고 또 다시 넓어지기를 반복하겠죠. 우린 그러면서 성장할거니까요. 우린 당연히 더 멋있어지고 더 행복해질겁니다. 걱정하지마세요. 오늘 이 앨범이 누군가에겐 선물이, 누구에겐 위로가, 누구에겐 작은 즐거움이, 누구에겐 큰 감동이 되었으면 좋겠습니다. 즐겁게 들어주세요. 감사합니다.
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