Rookie group Snuper have forged their sound upon working exclusively with composing team Sweetune. They’re the only ones to do it consistently at the moment, and for that I’m very thankful. Their 80’s-tinged Platonic Love was a wonderful surprise back in March. New single You=Heaven (너=천국) is a different beast altogether.
While it possesses many elements of the classic Sweetune sound, You=Heaven works within a unique song structure that’s both exciting and frustrating. The song begins life as a ballad, though the subtle electronic production hints at something grander to come. This segment is very pretty, but goes on a little too long. It’s not until a third of the way through the track that the beat drops and the melody launches straight into the chorus. This central hook is the song’s strongest, recalling many melodic hallmarks from Infinite’s early career. The production is a little rougher around the edges, feeling more disjointed than most Sweetune pieces. It doesn’t help that there really aren’t any verses in the entire song. We’ve got that build up, followed by repetitions of the chorus interspersed with ad-libs and rap segments that feel more detached than usual.
Still, when the song works, it works wonders. Rather than recalling the 80’s, the disco-infused melody hearkens back further, coming across like a cheesy ode to Saturday Night Fever decadence. It almost feels too weird to be a title track, and could have done with an extra minute or so added to the running time to provide an infusion of melodic counterbalance. It never seems quite finished even when it’s over. This leaves you wanting more, but also gives the song a piecemeal quality that isn’t as satisfying as it could have been. Nevertheless, new material from Sweetune is always a treat.