The album’s concern with both the personal and the collective is at once crystalised in its opening track, Submerge FM. This synth-pop, flute-driven tune contends with a fear of the end of times: “Internet said there's nothing we can do to save the future generation.” Anger is not merely a destructive force in Yaeji’s album – it speaks for a need to destroy only to build up again in the future. In Fever, a personal favourite, Yaeji switches between English and Korean to raise awareness on Asian American discrimination. Over a hammering – pun intended – beat, she raps about yellow fever, a term referring to the fetishisation of East and Southeast Asian women. A few tracks later, in Done (Let’s Get It), Yaeji urges her listeners to gain freedom from this type of injustice, singing: “Isn’t it our mission in this life to | break the cycles, make it make you | mend the cycles?”
Every rage-fueled track is balanced by slower, melodic counterparts. In Passed me by, Yaeji confronts anger as a stepping stone towards personal development. She lets herself move through the up-and-down motions of growth – “Today has been a little weak, a little strong” – yet picking herself up with newfound confidence: “I light a little fire | Anything that touches me will evaporate.” Yaeji’s new album is an ode to anger as a propelling agent – capable of driving both people and history towards freedom and evolution.