DRP IAN Returns With New Single "Peanut Butter & Tears" And Announces Upcoming EP

Ahead of his American festival performances this weekend at Head in the Clouds LA and Lollapalooza, renowned Korean-Australian artist DPR IAN makes a triumphant return with his latest indie-pop anthem “Peanut Butter & Tears” via The Orchard. 

The electrifying single is written and produced by IAN himself and serves as the debut release from his highly anticipated upcoming EP, 'Dear Insanity…', scheduled for release on October 6th.

In his signature style, DPR IAN accompanies the release of "Peanut Butter & Tears" with a visually striking and captivating music video, directed and edited by the multi-talented artist. The video delves into the prequel story of his enigmatic alter ego "MITO," a character previously explored throughout his debut studio album and EP.

"‘Peanut Butter & Tears’ portrays the fading playfulness of our youth, as we embark on a bittersweet journey into adulthood,” shares IAN. “But before MITO, there was Insanity. The 'Dear Insanity…' EP is the prequel story to MITO’s creator, ‘Mr. Insanity.’ This EP follows MITO on his journey to and throughout the dreamlike realm known as ‘The Other Side.’ As he traverses through The Other Side, IAN slowly begins to lose his sanity bit by bit, thus fully turning into new alter ego ‘Mr. Insanity’ at the story’s climax.”

DPR IAN's previous studio album, "Moodswings In To Order," achieved resounding global success, debuting at #146 on the Billboard 200, #1 on Heatseekers, and #7 on Spotify’s Top Albums Debut Global and US charts, earning him spots on esteemed festival lineups such as Coachella, Head in the Clouds NY + LA, and Lollapalooza. The accompanying MITO short film, also directed and edited by IAN, further showcased his artistic brilliance and was brought to life during a sold-out 4-month world tour across North America, Latin America, the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia. IAN's Top 10 streaming markets in Southeast Asia include the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia and currently based in Los Angeles, DPR IAN is a trailblazing artist known for creating music that transcends genres while constructing his own audiovisual language to communicate things for which there are no words. 

With his debut studio album, 'Moodswings In To Order', released alongside a short film he directed and edited, the visual artist blurred the lines of Pop, R&B, rock, and electronica to convey an atmospheric exploration of self-reflection and spirituality, as seen through the eyes of his misunderstood alter ego MITO. 

As the founder of the creative collective DPR ("Dream Perfect Regime") based in Seoul, South Korea, Christian Yu, assumed the alias DPR IAN in late 2015. Since then he has been the main contributor in composing and creating under this moniker. Serving also as its chief director and editor, DPR IAN has played an important role in producing multimedia projects for the collective's diverse roster of talent.

His unique artistic vision and meticulous attention to detail have elevated him to a prominent solo artist whose work resides in the realm between light and shadow. Through the titular character of MITO, the 32-year-old Australian-Korean created his most personal work to date.

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