7 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We express the message that we want through our own music that we produce ourselves,” Bang Chan of Stray Kids tells Apple Music. The nine-member group first made a splash after their management company JYP Entertainment selected them to star in a reality show called Stray Kids, about the formation and debut of an idol group. The release of Clé 1 : MIROH marks one year since they released their debut single, “District 9”. That year has been a period of personal growth and accomplishment for Stray Kids, and they are mindful of setting a good example for STAY (the official name for their fans). “We receive messages from our fans, and most of them tell us that they're having a hard time,” Bang Chan says. “We’re all the same human beings, and we all go through the same things.” In this track-by-track guide, Stray Kids members Bang Chan and Felix discuss the key inspirations behind Clé 1 : MIROH.

“Entrance”
Bang Chan: “When the conga drums come in, you can imagine that it's like doors opening. It’s us entering into this new realm. When you go through that door, there's all these weird sounds and voices, it's very dark. Then it feels like a new atmosphere, a new world. It ends with the same conga drums, and that's when we realise, 'Okay, something's not right.' So we look back, but we've already entered this whole album, we entered this new world.”

“MIROH”
Bang Chan: “Because this whole song is like a maze, we wanted to describe how a maze could be really crazy. It could be a jungle or a city. We wanted to combine those two words, city and jungle, so it could be a concrete jungle. It also has this really unique song structure—I guess it’s a new challenge. Maybe because of this change people would think, 'Okay, this is really new for Stray Kids.'”

“Victory Song”
Felix: “The song is meant to sound like a cheer for everyone. You could say it’s like a spell, where you wish for confidence and good luck to the end. It’s a good song about supporting someone.”

“Maze of Memories”
Felix: “Basically, we expressed our very complex thoughts and feelings about what it's like to enter a new place. We don't know what this place is or if it's new to us. The song itself is composed of rapping from beginning to end, and the flow is so different.”

“Boxer”
Bang Chan: “'Boxer' is a song about being ambitious, where we want to destroy all the obstacles that are blocking our dreams and future. Plus, I think the beats are really cool. Lee’s [Stray Kids member Lee Know] rap was very impressive to me, too. I listen to it every time and think, 'Yeah, Thank you!'”

“Chronosaurus”
Felix: “'Chronosaurus' is a mouthful. We wanted to separate the two words—it's 'Kronos' and also 'saurus'. But with the 'saurus' part…there used to be a dinosaur called Kronosaurus, but with a K. We really wanted to combine those two words, because Chronos means the god of time in Greek, and Kronosaurus was this really scary predator back in the dinosaur ages. We meant to say that time can sometimes be the scariest creature. While we're chasing our dreams, time is chasing after us. So, is it that we're running away from time, or are we just desperately trying to reach our goals?”

“19”
Bang Chan: “The song itself has like an R&B-type beat. Han [Stray Kids member Han Jisung] really wanted to make a song about how he’s almost going into his twenties.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We express the message that we want through our own music that we produce ourselves,” Bang Chan of Stray Kids tells Apple Music. The nine-member group first made a splash after their management company JYP Entertainment selected them to star in a reality show called Stray Kids, about the formation and debut of an idol group. The release of Clé 1 : MIROH marks one year since they released their debut single, “District 9”. That year has been a period of personal growth and accomplishment for Stray Kids, and they are mindful of setting a good example for STAY (the official name for their fans). “We receive messages from our fans, and most of them tell us that they're having a hard time,” Bang Chan says. “We’re all the same human beings, and we all go through the same things.” In this track-by-track guide, Stray Kids members Bang Chan and Felix discuss the key inspirations behind Clé 1 : MIROH.

“Entrance”
Bang Chan: “When the conga drums come in, you can imagine that it's like doors opening. It’s us entering into this new realm. When you go through that door, there's all these weird sounds and voices, it's very dark. Then it feels like a new atmosphere, a new world. It ends with the same conga drums, and that's when we realise, 'Okay, something's not right.' So we look back, but we've already entered this whole album, we entered this new world.”

“MIROH”
Bang Chan: “Because this whole song is like a maze, we wanted to describe how a maze could be really crazy. It could be a jungle or a city. We wanted to combine those two words, city and jungle, so it could be a concrete jungle. It also has this really unique song structure—I guess it’s a new challenge. Maybe because of this change people would think, 'Okay, this is really new for Stray Kids.'”

“Victory Song”
Felix: “The song is meant to sound like a cheer for everyone. You could say it’s like a spell, where you wish for confidence and good luck to the end. It’s a good song about supporting someone.”

“Maze of Memories”
Felix: “Basically, we expressed our very complex thoughts and feelings about what it's like to enter a new place. We don't know what this place is or if it's new to us. The song itself is composed of rapping from beginning to end, and the flow is so different.”

“Boxer”
Bang Chan: “'Boxer' is a song about being ambitious, where we want to destroy all the obstacles that are blocking our dreams and future. Plus, I think the beats are really cool. Lee’s [Stray Kids member Lee Know] rap was very impressive to me, too. I listen to it every time and think, 'Yeah, Thank you!'”

“Chronosaurus”
Felix: “'Chronosaurus' is a mouthful. We wanted to separate the two words—it's 'Kronos' and also 'saurus'. But with the 'saurus' part…there used to be a dinosaur called Kronosaurus, but with a K. We really wanted to combine those two words, because Chronos means the god of time in Greek, and Kronosaurus was this really scary predator back in the dinosaur ages. We meant to say that time can sometimes be the scariest creature. While we're chasing our dreams, time is chasing after us. So, is it that we're running away from time, or are we just desperately trying to reach our goals?”

“19”
Bang Chan: “The song itself has like an R&B-type beat. Han [Stray Kids member Han Jisung] really wanted to make a song about how he’s almost going into his twenties.”

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