For K-pop band Pentagon, their new mini-album marks a new beginning. Not only is it the group’s comeback in 10 months or the return of member Jinho, but IN:VITE U ushers in a new chapter in their career, aimed at bringing them to the next level.
Sure enough, the 12th mini-album is an invitation to their fans, Universe to see and experience their growth. Trading lighter and bright concepts, the group opted to showcase their growth and transformation with a mature and sexier concept. The powerful, energetic, bass-heavy title track, Feelin’ Like leaves listeners wanting for more. It takes inspiration from Greek mythology, specifically Pygmalion to show awakening, temptation and a relaxed attitude towards love.
In celebration of their new release, the current lineup—Jinho, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeoone, Yanan, Yuto, Kino and Wooseok—talks to Tatler about the process of making IN:VITE U, working with each other and what they want their fans, Universe to feel after listening to the mini-album.
Congratulations on the release of your 12th mini-album! Can you tell us more about the theme of IN:VITE U?
Kino: The main theme for this album is a more mature Pentagon—sophisticated and flirty. This is an album that was made after thinking about how we could give a different feeling, both music-wise and visually.
Hongseok: As Kino said, we thought of the theme based on the story of the Greek mythology, Pygmalion. We are back with a concept that allows us to be more mature and subtly sexy.
Speaking of the title, what’s the story or reason behind naming it IN:VITE U?
Jinho: We decided on this title because, unlike our previous albums, this album’s attitude towards love has a strong feeling of seduction to it. We wanted to give off the feeling of inviting our fans, Universe and the public who listens to this album, into Pentagon’s universe.
Yeoone: To select the title track, we went through a blind test of about 500 songs. From all of those songs, we have chosen the best one.
You’ve released 12 mini-albums since debuting. What’s different about IN:VITE U?
Hongseok: I think we have become more mature. We had taken on many challenges before but this album has really shown our transformation. I think it’s the type of sexiness that comes from maturity, not just plain and simple sexiness.
Shinwon: What’s most notable about this album is that it contains a new charm that we have not shown before and Pentagon’s coolness really blows up in this album.