K-pop group Treasure returned to the music scene on Tuesday with its second extended play "The Second Step: Chapter Two."
The band unveiled five new songs, all of which credit members as lyricist or composers. The physical album, to be released the next day, also carries a rock remix of the viral hit “Darari.”
“You can see Treasure with even more charms and improvement through this album that we actively participated in,” Park Jeong-woo said during a live countdown.
Treasure also dropped a music video for title track “Hello,” which has a bright rock-punk sound.
“’Hello’ has Treasure’s reassuring and refreshing message. It is a greeting to all the Treasure Maker around the world.” said maknae (youngest member) So Jung-hwan.
The EP also contains Treasure’s first unit-songs or tracks performed by sub-groups. “VolKno” (read volcano) features rappers Choi Hyun-suk, Yoshi, and Haruto, while “Thank You” is a unit-song by Asahi and Haruto.
Other tracks are “Clap” and “Hold It In.”
Only 10 members of the 12-piece act are greeting Teu-me (from fandom name Treasure Makers) this comeback. Bang Ye-dam and Mashiho are on hiatus due to personal and health reasons.
Meanwhile, active members Choi Hyun-suk, Jihoon, Yoshi, Junkyu, Yoon Jae-hyuk, Asahi, Doyoung, Haruto, Park Jeong-woo and So Jung-hwan are gearing up for a 2-day concert in Seoul in November, and in a concert tour in Japan from November until January 2023.
This release is a follow-up to the band’s February release "The Second Step: Chapter One," which spawned “Jikjin” and TikTok-viral “Darari.”
Last July, Treasure performed in the Philippines for the first time as part of the first edition of K-pop Masterz in Manila