Rising Korean rock phenomenon LØREN is currently resting on the laurels of a whirlwind first half of the year. One that saw the release of his hotly anticipated debut EP Put Up A Fight — writing, producing, and playing every instrument that appears on it. This was followed by his first-ever U.S. tour and ride on its festival circuit, which included a show-stopping performance at Head in the Clouds earlier this month.


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Across the five tracks of Put Up A Fight, LØREN rapturously resurrects the rock of previous decades with compelling urgency. Its opening track “Temporary” digging into a torrent of heavy riffs and deafening percussion crashes that launch his droning vocals into an abyss of hopelessness. On “Folks,” he elongates that anguished yearning into a sublimely melancholic rolling soundscape, one that rises and falls between electrified guitars and meandering drums.

On “Sticks And Stones” he channels the wistful angst of forlorn indie-rock that bristles against modern life: “I don’t feel at home / Love is seasonal,” he croons against the grungey-jangle of riffs. “I like to be heard / But I hate my phone.” He goes for another genre switch-up on “Panic,” an aptly-named expulsion of frenetic pop-punk that rumbles forward backed by hurricaning surge of agitated sonics.

LØREN’s live-wire lyricism — appearing as an alluring entanglement of both Korean and English — and the emotional heft created by his eclectic round-up of rock anthems have rightfully made him an international sensation.

In the past, he gained accalaim as a songwriter for BLACKPINK, even appearing in a music video with the Korean girl group. But with the release of his debut LØREN is on track to become the latest in a growing number of Korean artists to enrapture the world with their music.

artist to watch in 2023

Visit LØREN on their website, TikTok, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Words: Steven Ward

Listen to Put Up a Fight the new EP from LØREN below!

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