We now return to the usual schedule of reviews with EPIK HIGH’s Home Is Far Away. It has been a while since we last heard from EPIK HIGH entirely. Their last comeback was with Shoebox and title track Happen Ending, back in 2014. Since then, the trio had been a little quiet with their work but have returned with full force as evident through their appearance at the top of the charts. Their latest album, We’ve Done Something Wonderful, showcases many featuring artists including IU, Mino (Winner), Crush and many others.
Home Is Far Away features Oh Hyuk, the vocalist from Hyukoh. His nasal sounding vocals go a long way in this song as he features throughout the chorus. It adds a nice softer touch to the RnB based song, which pairs well with the more deeper raps that Tablo and Mirtha bring to the song. The movement towards the RnB track also seems to go well into the EPIK HIGH’s portfolio, who I am used to doing more upbeat emotional based songs. Tablo’s previous solo work gave us a taster into what RnB could sound like under the guidance of the group (because the members produce their own songs). Yes, their previous track was also RnB based but I wasn’t much of a fan of it. I had a better connection with this one for its sleek instrumental and appealing sound. It doesn’t necessarily grab your attention like some of their more notable works but it leaves you feeling full of emotion and thoughts about life.
The videos seem fitting for the song. The minimalistic vibes through the night time shots of the city landscape give off a stylish and smooth look for the song. The appearance of the members, along with Oh Hyuk is also quite refreshing, mainly because it has been so long since we last saw them. A small segment of EPIK HIGH and IU’s collaboration is also played at the end. I am not too sure about the significance of the connection between the two songs (or to the video) but I have to admit, IU’s voice does add more aesthetics to the video.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8.5/10