Though I wouldn’t have predicted it when they debuted three years ago, Cosmic Girls have slowly become one of my favorite girl groups of their generation. In many ways, they’re filling the same niche that GFriend did during their first two years. Their music is neither cutesy nor “hard.” It hits that sweet spot right in the middle. It’s lushly produced, melodically compelling and crisply performed. Cosmic Girls have already had a great 2019. As You Wish (이루리) may just be their most satisfying title track yet.
The group has switched up producers for this song, but retain their trademark cosmic sound. As You Wish is stuffed with exciting moments, kicking off immediately with the chirpy synth loop that will go on to form the backbone of its chorus. The opening verse doesn’t hold back, hitting listeners with enormous synth percussion before slowing to a brief ebb that culminates in a breathless EDM build.
As You Wish’s chorus isn’t the strongest we’ve heard from Cosmic Girls, but it’s arranged in such a big, confident manner that the lack of inventive melody doesn’t really matter. I love how the tempo speeds up for this segment, pounding with the kind of dancefloor fervor that makes for a great centerpiece. However, As You Wish truly thrills during its final moments, as the girls sing in unison for an unexpected bonus refrain that takes the track out on a high note. I’m a sucker for this particular song structure, which pulls the melody in new directions right before a song’s conclusion. The climactic moments of ATEEZ’s Wave are still 2019’s best example of how powerful this approach can be, but As You Wish is right on its heels.
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