“Outro: Ego” is a classy pop song that rides on brassy horns and peppy keys. It’s the third track we’ve heard from their upcoming album, following “Interlude: Shadow” and “Black Swan”. So far, the sonic previews signal a turn away from the joy, love, and outward connection of their 2019 record, Map of the Soul: Persona, towards an inner reflection and confrontation with their past.
The song’s accompanying visual, directed by YooJeong Ko, sees member J-Hope cruise off in a red sports car down memory lane. It opens with clips from the group’s 2013 debut trailer, flips through older music videos, and eventually winds up in the current day where J-Hope walks through a collage-style landscape that includes photos of him as a child. Watch the nostalgia trip below.
If last year’s US invasion of BTS is anything to go off of, Map of the Soul: 7 will make headlines in 2020. In the past month alone, the group rang in New Year’s Eve with a special TV performance, they’re the first K-pop act to go platinum in the US, and they caused a scene at the Grammys a few weeks ago. Plus, collaborations with Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish may be coming. Expect much more from them — there’s still 11 months to go in the year and they haven’t even released their new album!